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(Marquette) Mining newspaper. August 7, 2021.

Editorial: Masking, vaccine choices at NMU impact whole community

While Northern Michigan University at Marquette has not joined the growing list of universities across the country that will require returning students to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, it is revising its mask protocol for the start of the semester. fall “due to the greater transmissibility of the Delta variant of COVID and increased number of cases nationwide,” NMU officials said on Wednesday.

Whether vaccinated or not, school officials said all individuals will be required to wear masks in common areas during the residence move-in activities from August 19 to 23, and in classrooms. class and laboratories from the first day of class on August 23.

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This follows alarming evidence that vaccinated people with breakthrough infections can spread the delta variant to others, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported.

In a campus-wide email, President Fritz Erickson also said faculty and staff will be allowed to demand masks for visitors to their individual offices where social distancing is not possible.

“Although Marquette currently has a low rate of COVID-19 cases, the start of the semester brings together many people from areas across the state, region and country, including many areas where the COVID- variant is. 19 Delta is prevalent, “Erickson wrote.” In light of new information from the CDC and the increase in delta-related COVID cases, we believe that requiring masks where we know larger groups will be gathered in the interior for at least the start of the semester will add an extra layer of protection.

This is especially true for activities that are compulsory, such as classes, while other campus activities, which are not compulsory, remain the choice of each individual.

We encourage returning NMU students to be mindful and respectful of the mask requirement – and get vaccinated if they haven’t already – as this preventative measure will help protect the college community and make more money. likely courses will stay in person throughout the year.

And due to NMU’s integration with the surrounding community, we ask students and residents in the area to consider wearing masks when they are on the move. This measure is critical, as the potential spread of the delta variant to NMU and into the wider community are not isolated or independent situations of each other.

On the contrary, the destinies of the campus community and the residents of the area are intertwined due to the high level of integration and interaction between the groups.

Many NMU students live and work in the community – and are in fact a big part of what makes the area a vibrant and exciting place to live – while area residents often have reason to visit the campus. NMU and use its facilities.

In short, we are in the same boat. Choices made on campus impact our community, while choices made in the neighborhoods, towns and cities surrounding NMU impact its students, faculty and staff.

We urge area residents and people on campus to protect themselves and the intertwined communities by choosing to wear a mask and get vaccinated. These choices make the difference. Sometimes the difference is between in-person and online classes, but other times it’s between open communities and blockages, even life and death.

Traverse City Record-Aigle. August 4, 2021.

Editorial: UIA waiver on re-eligibility, overpayment is a good thing

Two weeks ago, we called on the state to take a close look at our Unemployment Insurance Agency.

The verb we used was ‘uproot,’ because his crunching tendency to penalize the people he serves for the mistakes he makes seems to be deeply ingrained.

The latest coup – notifying 648,100 Michiganders that they would have to prove benefit eligibility again after the agency found it failed to follow federal protocol – underscored the need for an overhaul .

Then last Friday, the UIA reversed its position of possibly collecting the overpayments of those hundreds of thousands of people who did not “follow the rules” – which in fact means its own rules, which officials are responsible for. agency recently learned that they had not been accepted by the ministry. of work.

Alleviating these claimants is the right decision. We applaud the agency for waiving pandemic UI overpayments.

But the agency still needs a rooting out, or at the very least, a reboot, as it will face more stress tests in the future – ones it cannot afford. to fail.

Nationally, the COVID-19 boost in federal unemployment programs expires on September 6.

It is estimated that 7.5 million people will lose their benefits entirely by that time, according to a CNBC report. While some may think this will mean workers will flock to industries with a shortage of personnel, the facts support a more complicated equation.

The 20 states that already cut unemployment benefits early are not experiencing a hiring boom – and some have even reported a slowdown in hiring among teen groups after the decline, reports The Washington Post.

When benefits ceased, a slight increase was seen among workers over 25, which slowed the hiring of teens who had made up for vacancies in states like Missouri, according to a processor analysis of Gusto pays. States like Kansas, with full benefits, are hiring more teens in restaurants and hotel businesses, teens less likely to be unemployed, according to the report.

Older workers see low wages in service sectors as a deciding factor for their return, according to the report.

Federal unemployment benefits are also at the heart of legal battles in states with governors ending them early in hopes of spurring a massive return to work. But the judges restored payments to those in Maryland, Indiana and Arkansas. An Ohio judge upheld the early judgment in court.

As we look to the future, we face a host of unknowns – including how long we will be struggling with COVID-19.

But our UIA memory is full of potholes, like the computerized fraud detection system that falsely accused legitimate applicants of unemployment fraud and the clunky, crash-prone registration systems that kept the Michiganders in the limelight. Financial limbo at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This road may be longer and rougher than we realize, and those who have to travel it can at least afford its glaring inefficiency.

Alpena News. August 6, 2021.

Editorial: Protecting inland lakes is important

Lake Huron has a lot of glory, but northeast Michigan couldn’t be considered the fantastic northern getaway without its many inland lakes.

From Grand Lake to Long Lake to Hubbard Lake and everywhere in between, these bodies of water attract tourists and seasonal residents and add to the quality of life for our residents year round.

As News editor Julie Riddle reported in a recent edition of The News, these lakes depend on an army of volunteers who help Michigan’s Department of the Great Lakes, Energy and Environment build them. keep healthy.

EGLE’s trained volunteer Clean Water Corps measures water clarity, searches for invasive species, tests chemical levels, and reports data used to keep lakes safe for its residents to use and enjoy.

To these volunteers, we say thank you.

However, the state and its lakes need more help. Corps members currently collect data only from Beaver Lake in Alpena County, Avery Lake and East and West Twin Lakes in Montmorency County, and Cedar Lake and Hubbard Lake in County of Alcona.

To anyone who regularly uses other lakes, we encourage you to consider signing up to help.

It would help protect our inland lakes, and it would benefit not only Mother Nature, but the quality of life for everyone in Northeast Michigan as well.

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