Editorial

A helping hand for those who served

This week’s bouquets go to: From Sgt. Gerald Alexander, 1430th Eng. Co., Gladstone: Sgt. Gerald Alexander, 1430th Eng. Co., Gladstone, would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the people of the Warrior Relief Fund for helping and giving him assistance with his health ...

Get rid of unwanted prescription drugs

The Michigan State Police (MSP) — including the Gladstone Post — is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take-Back’ effort from ...

Government rules won’t prevent obesity

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Childhood obesity is a problem we need to address

There is a health problem facing the children in Northern Michigan schools that too often gets ignored. But it is a problem that impacts about one in five schooled-aged children between the ages of 6-19 — childhood obesity. The number has tripled since the 1970s. Obesity is defined as ...

Is a football helmet always enough?

Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a concussion every year. Researchers will tell you that damage to ...

Friends help Escanaba library

This week’s bouquets go to: From Carolyn Stacey, Escanaba Public Library director: Robert Louis Stevenson wrote that a “friend is a gift you give yourself.” During National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15 – 21, the Escanaba Public Library celebrates its “Friends” — a gift ...

The time of year to watch for deer

As we enter the three most dangerous months for deer/vehicle crashes October, November, and December, motorists should be aware that these crashes can cause more than just damage to the vehicle. Deer/vehicle crashes resulted in 1,240 injuries and 14 deaths last year. Nine of the fatalities were ...

Expect less from auto insurance ‘reforms’

Fixing the auto insurance business has been a perennial priority for the Michigan Legislature probably since the no-fault system went into place in 1973. The clamor from Lansing seems louder this session, but that does not mean that significant reform is likely any time soon. The problems ...

Focus sex registry rewrite on risk

Michigan’s ill-advised scheme to pile on punishment for convicted sex offenders failed to get even a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving the Legislature to craft a new law that will restore both sanity and fairness to the state’s sex offender registry. The High Court said ...

Make escape plan before fire strikes

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week to emphasize this year’s theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Michiganders are urged to develop and practice a home escape plan and know what to do when awakened to the sound of a smoke alarm and the smell of ...

Supreme court right on state sex offender list

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand a decision that ...

Community made church rummage sale a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Rapid River Congregational Church: The Rapid River Congregational Church would like to thank our many customers who came out to out fall rummage sale this week end and bought up some of our “treasures.” ——— Each Saturday the Daily Press ...

Make Michigan safer for bike riders

First, there is no question that what Brandon Nickson did is reprehensible. The former Casco Township resident confessed to beating his girlfriend’s dog to death in April. Despite the evidence, his lawyer argued at his sentencing Monday that Nickson didn’t torture the animal and that his ...

This weekend, buy from nearby

Retail businesses across the state will celebrate Buy Nearby Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. It’s all part of the Michigan Retailers Association’s (MRA) year-round Buy Nearby campaign that encourages shoppers to support their local communities and state economy by buying from retailers ...

Michigan takes another step backward

It would be difficult to imagine a more transparent politician than Bill Schuette — transparent in his motives, that is. Schuette recently made official his intention to seek the governor’s office, although cynics have read it in every action his office has taken in the past eight ...

Can diverse views survive on campus?

Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro gave a speech this month at the University of California, Berkeley. And while that’s a victory for any right-leaning speaker these days, it cost $600,000 on security measures to make it happen and keep Shapiro safe. So much for “free” ...

Retirees could be the stop gap for unfilled jobs

A pilot program launched this summer will make it easier for companies to hire retirees as temporary or part-time labor, a move that could help address the growing jobs shortage and promote retention of talent. The brainchild of AARP-Michigan is called ‘Experience for Hire’ and combines ...

Generous residents help those in need

This week’s bouquets go to: From the American Red Cross - Delta County: The American Red Cross Team of Delta County would like to thank the lady who wished to remain anonymous for her generous donation of Monday morning, Sept. 25, at the scene of the house fire in Stonington. From Paula ...

Flint water safe, but fall-out continues

Two years after scientists from Virginia Tech revealed the lead poisoning of Flint’s water, the same researcher has declared the city’s drinking water safe to drink. That marks an important milestone in this disaster, but not yet its end. Mark Edwards of Virginia Tech’s college of ...

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Governor Rick Snyder has declared September as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month to highlight the importance of preventing sleep-related infant deaths. A baby in Michigan dies nearly every other day due to sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment — that’s over 150 babies every year. Sudden ...