Editorial

Flowers brightened downtown Esky

This week’s bouquets go to: Escanaba is a lovely town, especially in summer. Thank you to all the community groups, businesses, and individuals that make the effort to decorate our town with flowers all summer long. Visitors and residents both enjoy them. Special thanks to the Master ...

Conference provides valuable information on suicide, grief

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Keep children safe when traveling

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) want to remind parents and caregivers about the importance of keeping children safe when traveling as part of National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, Sept. 23 -29. ...

Gov. Snyder directive to ‘ban the box’ is good for Michigan

Job seekers with criminal pasts got welcome news last week when Gov. Snyder issued a directive to remove the question of a criminal record from initial screenings for state jobs. This “ban the box” initiative applies only to state government jobs, but it’s a step in the right direction ...

Don’t ditch teacher grading model

It took the Michigan Legislature years to fashion the state’s current approach to teacher evaluations. The framework was a bipartisan effort, and highly incorporated the input of experts in the teaching field. Three years later, however, teachers unions are having second thoughts. Lawmakers ...

Discuss screening during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death, among men in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDDHS) is encouraging men to discuss screening options and steps they can take to lower their risk as part of ...

Trappers thank community for event’s success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the U.P. Trappers Association and Bob Steinmetz: The U.P. Trappers Association would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the huge success of the National Trappers Association Convention and Outdoor Show which we hosted on July ...

Disregard for those who pay the bills

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last With tightening social services ...

Keep e-cigarettes away from kids

The FDA enacted a regulation on e-cigarettes in 2016 that banned the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine to those younger than 18. Yet, because Michigan has no state law affirming that regulation, law enforcement can’t keep kids from purchasing the nicotine-delivery devices. Though ...

Getting ready for the worst during National Preparedness Month

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of the Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...

A win and a loss for Escanaba

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba?Ford River: Last Friday night in the Eskymos first home game against Petoskey, we could not buy a first down in the first half, sluggish and beat up we seemed. I think we received a Gipper-type half-time speech because as ...

Public defender plan will improve quality of legal representation

Given the amount of work that needs to be done, we like the move Marquette County has made to establish a public defender’s office, which provide legal representation for adult defendants in Marquette County’s district and circuit courts who cannot afford counsel. The move traces its ...

Cyber school defenders too transparent

Gov. Rick Snyder has tried the past two years to take some of the profit out of online “cyber” charter schools. Storefront cyber academies exist mainly to make their operators wealthy while providing little education and less hope of success. At the same time, they get the same per-pupil ...

Car buyers will pay for new NAFTA deal

Looking at the trade deal President Donald Trump struck with Mexico this week, you might ask, “A Republican did this?” Yes, a GOP president and supposed conservative wants to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a pact that may as well have been dictated by Big ...

Healthy tips to prevent childhood obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Delta County incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their ...

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Governor Rick Snyder has declared September 2018 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 ...

Hirsch was champion for Cedar River

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Cedar River Bridge Walk Committee: The Cedar River Bridge Walk Committee dedicates this year’s BridgeWalk to Mike Hirsch. Mike passed away Aug. 3, ending his long battle with cancer. Part of Mike’s bucket list, he opened up Hirsch’s Cedar River ...

Final words from a hero and patriot

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Fate of coal can’t be changed

Coal’s fate is sealed; Trump can’t change it Right on cue, predictions of widespread death and environmental ruin sprang from the Trump administration’s decision this week to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the reality is that whether the rules stayed or went, coal power is ...