Opinion

Low income housing doesn’t belong on main street

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The city of Escanaba has a master plan and so does our main street, so why then is a low income apartment complex being considered for the old Northern Motors location? The city fathers just spent $1.7 million on the farmers market and now there is talk of plopping a low income ...

LA’s mayor deserves a presidential hearing

Local columns

LOS ANGELES — It was dicey being Jewish in a Russia that was tolerant of pogroms, and then came the threat of conscription into the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War, so one of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s great-grandfathers headed West to America. Another Garcetti great-grandfather married a Mexican ...

How They Voted

Local columns

House Bill 5040, “Driver responsibility fees” repeal and amnesty: Passed 36 to 0 in the Senate To repeal the “driver responsibility fees” that are assessed for various traffic violations in addition to the fine for the violation itself. This and related bills would go into effect on ...

National parks need and deserve funding

Local columns

America’s national parks are the envy of the world. Blessed with incredible beauty, ecological diversity and historical significance, our ancestors were wise to protect them for posterity. The National Park Service manages 417 parks, heritage areas, monuments and other important ...

There are good people in Escanaba

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Julia Schroeder of Escanaba: On Jan. 26, Officer Madalinski came over to let me know that someone called Public Safety to let them know that my front door was open even though wasn’t home, and that he had closed it. A few days later Officer Madalinski let ...

Success Academy

Local columns

NEW YORK — Kids who attend New York City’s Success Academy charter schools do remarkably well. “We are No. 1 in student achievement in the state,” says founder Eva Moskowitz, “outperforming all the wealthy suburbs.” They do. Although they teach mostly poor kids, 95 percent ...

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2018. There are 317 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1968, the original Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, located on the campus of Springfield College in ...

Dave Winkel

Winkel, Ems are champs in my book

Local columns

GLADSTONE — Not every team can win a state championship. Not every team can win a league title. And not every team can have a winning season. There are teams on the bottom of the ladder, too. Meet Coach Dave Winkel and the Manistique girls’ basketball team. The final buzzer sounded ...

Weekend of sled dog racing, events ready to launch

Editorial

It’s February, which means the U.P. 200 is just about to begin — and we’ve come a long way since that bitter Friday night in 1990 that started it all. The U.P. 200 Headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Marquette officially opened Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 19 ...

Solar lighting for Puerto Rico

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Puerto Rico was destroyed by hurricane Maria. Re-building is slow. Half of the island is without power. Its a tragedy. When our lights go out here for a few hours, we go crazy! Imagine being dark at night for four or five months. I had an idea of solar lights. My decorative solar ...

Finally, a unifying theme for 2018

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Democrats whom I talk to confess privately that despite President Donald Trump’s unpopularity and the fact that nearly all polls show their party with a lead over Republicans when it comes to the upcoming midterm elections, they are increasingly nervous about 2018. Fueling the ...

The war that never ends

Local columns

WASHINGTON — There is a war that has lasted longer than the one in Afghanistan. It is the so-called “war on poverty,” launched by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964. While the poverty rate dropped from 17.3 percent to 11.1 percent in the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2018. There are 318 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Dog. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation’s first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in ...

Prosecutor thanked for parole board appeal

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The family of Todd Newman, deceased, would like to thank the Delta County Prosecutor Phillip Strom for his assistance in a parole board decision appeal before the 47th circuit Court. Mr. Strom’s hard work on behalf of the people of Delta County and empathy for our situation is ...

Debate over the prosecutor’s office

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Recently many letters to the Press have questioned the Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom and his office. I will refer to the two young sisters from Rapid River. Mr. Strom believes they should be united/returned to their parents. Many agree, many do not. Before you form your ...

Drowning in debt

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In “Hamlet,” Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines — and best advice — ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be...” We have ignored that advice for far too long, which is why the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2018. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1798, a feud between two members of the U.S. House of Representatives (meeting in Philadelphia) boiled over as Roger ...

Gov. Snyder plays it safe with the state budget

Editorial

On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder announced the end of the four-year program experimenting with privatizing prison food service as part of his 2018-19 budget plan. It’s an acknowledgment of a failed experiment - with maggots in food, kitchen workers accused of smuggling and staff caught having ...