Opinion

State’s cash bail system needs reform

Editorial

A group of bipartisan legislators last week introduced bills to reform the state of Michigan’s cash bail system. The legislation focuses on changing a system that costs taxpayers millions of dollars while low-income defendants await trial. State Rep. David LaGrand, D-Grand Rapids, who ...

Memories of the Royce skating rin

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I do understand the financial necessity of upkeep of just one ice rink in the city. But, “Memories”: I, Joyce Kallio, at the age of 6 1/4 , with friends, mostly after our suppers were done, walked eight blocks to the Royce Park ice rink to skate, just about nightly. I had ...

Traffic light need at 14th Street and 1st Avenue South

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: One would think, after roughly 25 years, the city of Escanaba would remedy an issue that has caused countless people to be injured and/or without a vehicle, sometimes finding themselves in a financial burden as a result, thanks to Michigan’s auto insurance laws. Since the city ...

With friends like these

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Was Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and then his body cut up with a bone saw and flown to Riyadh in Gulfstream jets owned by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman? So contend the Turks, who have video from the consulate, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, the 290th day of 2018. There are 75 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 17, 1933, Albert Einstein arrived in the United States as a refugee from Nazi Germany. On this date: In 1610, ...

Creative conversations can stir economy

Editorial

There are many ways Marquette can set itself apart and promote the area to the rest of the world. There is, of course, its remote outdoor beauty, with Lake Superior, rugged terrain and wilderness areas concentrated in the region. The city of Marquette has many buildings of architectural ...

Containing the catastrophe

Local columns

BERKELEY — Anyone still unsure of how (or even whether) they’ll vote in the midterm elections should consider this: All three branches of government are now under the control of one party, and that party is under the control of Donald J. Trump. With the addition of Brett Kavanaugh, the ...

Gosnell: The movie

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Arguably a contributing factor to the continuation of abortion is that it is performed out of sight and thus, out of many minds. A film about one of the worst practitioners of abortion, Kermit Gosnell, opens October 12 in at least 600 theaters. Gosnell is the Philadelphia ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2018. There are 76 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 16, 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded. On this date: In 1758, ...

Teen vaping presents some concerning statistics to inhale

Editorial

Even as statistics show fewer U.S. teens smoking cigarettes than in decades past, public health officials in Northern Michigan and elsewhere are raising red flags about the interest some youth are showing in another method of nicotine ingestion. Their chosen activity, vaping, involves use of ...

How to heal our epidemic of loneliness?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If Sen. Ben Sasse is right — he has not recently been wrong about anything important — the nation’s most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is ...

How They Voted

Local columns

With the Legislature holding intermittent sessions during the general election campaign season, the Roll Call Report continues its review of key votes from the 2017-2018 session. Senate Bill 401, Overhaul school pension system: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate on June 15, 2017 To replace the ...

Play area is a welcome addition to marketplace

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault: The DDA would like to thank the city of Escanaba for the beautiful playground on the Marketplace grounds. The new area completes the plan for the project and enhances the Marketplace. Citizens and ...

Socialism destroys

Local columns

NEW YORK — Socialism is hot. Famous actors recently made a commercial proclaiming that “democratic socialism” creates some of the best parts of America. It’s “your kids’ public school” (says Susan Sarandon), the “interstate highway system” (Rosario Dawson), “public ...

How They Voted –

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House Bill 6064, Authorize new corporate subsidy program: Passed 81 to 25 in the House To authorize a new program to give up to $50 million in state taxpayer subsidies to some private business owners through a device the bill would create called a “rural development fund.” Rep. Beau ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 13, the 286th day of 2018. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 13, 1999, the Senate rejected the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, with 48 senators voting in favor and 51 ...

The time of year to watch for deer

Editorial

October, November and December are the most dangerous months for vehicle crashes involving deer As temperatures begin to dip and the days get shorter, drivers should be on the lookout for deer. Deer are more active in the fall, especially during dawn and dusk, so it’s important for ...

Fairbanks Township clarification

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’d like to clarify a few things that our current (but hopefully not for long) Fairbanks Township supervisor misinformed the public with in his last “Letter to the Editor “ where he claimed he was setting the record straight, but he doesn’t seem to know what that means. Mr. ...

Fairbanks Township race

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Like Judge Goebel said in his remarks after the hearing on the recall petition. there is much more to the recall than what is stated and he felt it would work itself out at the ballot box. Mr. Collins had a fair and lawful hearing, where he used the same argument and lost. The proper ...

Timeless — and wise — advice

Local columns

WASHINGTON — On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the ...