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Winter’s early alarm system PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:50 PM

Welcome winter… although it’s still officially autumn on the calendar.
 Of course, anyone who’s lived in the U.P. for any length of time knows that winter can show its face any time of the year, and sometimes has done so… remember those cold, parka-wearing Fourth of July fireworks we watched from inside parked cars?
 Early winter weather is hardly a surprise in this neck of the woods, and I’m sure that every hunter, skier, snowmobiler, ice fisherman and other outdoor enthusiasts gave one big “Hurrah!” when old man winter dumped several inches of snow on us last week.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:39 PM
 
Honor our vets PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:36 PM

Veterans Day, originating as Armistice Day in 1918, commemorates the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations, ending World War I, and was set on the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
 On its first commemoration, Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:50 PM
 
Ready for winter PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:40 PM

 We can’t deny facts. We don’t stick our heads in the sand. We know what’s coming.
 But we’re ready for it—and we aren’t only talking about boots or shovels or flu shots or ice melt or warm sweaters or all the ingredients for a big pot of chili.
 Next week, the annual Winter Fun Guide hits the street. Inside word is that the cover will have a big snowflake and scenes of the winter activities that will be sweeping over Iron County in the months to come.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:36 PM
 
A little welcome news PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:13 PM

The good news is that Social Security recipients will get a cost-of-living increase beginning in January.
 The bad news, it’s been a long time coming, since this is the first increase since 2009, and recipients will also see some increase in their Medicare premiums.
 For many senior citizens, life on Social Security hasn’t been quite the fun and games of retirement living that they had envisioned when they first decided to retire.

Last Updated on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 1:40 PM
 
Mean girls PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:50 AM

It’s no earth-shaking news that surfing through cable channels yields a glut of reality shows. Cable and satellite stations hemorrhage reality-TV in every subject, location and situation.
 The programs, which I can’t stomach for more than the time it takes to punch the remote, are the reality shows that depict glitzy groups of women and girls backstabbing, shouting and, in some instances, physically attacking one another. Whether its “mob wives,” families confronting parental hoarders, teen moms, desperate women—they’re in our faces, behaving badly and, I wondered, influencing young female viewers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 1:13 PM
 
Fantastic fall PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:52 AM

 These are heady days to be a sports fan in Iron County. It’s been many years since the teams we follow most closely have done so well.
 First up, the baseball playoffs. The Milwaukee Brewers have won their first post-season series for nearly 30 years and are playing for the National League championship. On the other side of Lake Michigan, the Detroit Tigers disposed of the New York Yankees last week and are playing the Texas Rangers this week for the American League title.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 8:50 AM
 
Keep economic development going and growing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 8:51 AM

“Persistent pessimism.” That’s the comment surrounding a new poll that indicates 90 percent of Americans say economic conditions remain poor. A Michigan poll conducted last week among residents used the words “abysmal” and “hopeless.” Words that don’t make for much happy chat around the coffee machine at the office.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:52 AM
 
Will you be a donor? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:40 AM

Like donating blood, becoming an organ donor is truly a gift of life, just ask anyone who’s received an organ transplant, or someone who’s still on the waiting list.
     In August, according to Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, a record-setting 44,000 state residents registered as organ donors. That’s some 13,000 more than registered during August last year.

Last Updated on Tuesday, October 04, 2011 8:52 AM
 
Silence the sirens PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9:26 AM

 Our office is located right on the highway, so when the fire trucks head somewhere or the ambulance speeds out of town or when squad car sirens are heard, we know there is some trouble somewhere.
 Lately, we have been hearing those sirens much too often. Late summer has been marked by a series of severe traffic accidents, including several fatalities.
 A bad spell of luck, perhaps, but it’s a reminder that bad things can happen when you get behind the wheel, and paying a lot at the gas station is the least of your problems.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 10:40 AM
 
In tribute PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:30 AM

This past Sunday was the 10th anniversary of the horrendous attacks on this country on Sept. 11, 2001.
 The memories of that day loom as large and fresh as if it happened yesterday. Most, if not all of us, remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when the announcement came over the airwaves about this senseless, brutal act of terrorism.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9:26 AM
 
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