Editorial

Pipelines best way to move crude – except 5B

Amid the ongoing clamor to close Enbridge’s 5B oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the Great Lakes Commission has produced some sobering crude oil arithmetic. The commission is a joint United States-Canada body charged with protecting the Great Lakes. It recently completed a ...

Don’t take risks with fireworks

If you plan to celebrate Independence Day by setting off a few fireworks or giving sparklers to the kids, beware of the risks and know the dangers. Take every safety precaution, especially with the more powerful consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, to ...

Carp discovery speaks to danger of inaction

The Great Lakes are steaming toward an invasive species iceberg while those with power to steer away from catastrophe continue to belligerently delay any meaningful intervention that could prevent disaster. This week that collision catapulted closer to the point of no return as officials ...

Friends of the Escanaba Library say thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Friends of the Escanaba Library: The Friends of the Escanaba Library would like to extend a gracious thank you to everyone who attended to make our social a great success. It was a beautiful night for fun. Special thanks go out to the Boy Scouts and ...

We must resolve our differences in a civil manner

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

PayNearMe offers convenient way to pay bills

A program that went into effect about one year ago that enables parents to make child support payments at certain retail outlets appears to be working well in Detroit, although Upper Peninsula parents haven’t availed themselves to the opportunity — yet. It’s called PayNearMe. It was ...

Keep it cool while on the job

With summer temperatures hear that can reach into the 90s during heat waves, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is reminding employers to protect workers that may be exposed to extreme heat while working outdoors or hot indoor environments. Each year, thousands of workers ...

Change in age to purchase tobacco a bad idea

It’s always tempting to enact laws that tie age beyond 18 years with making good-quality adult decisions, especially when there is a perception that with a little extra time, people will figure out the best course of action — and follow it. From what we can tell, that’s the thinking ...

America’s veterans deserve better

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Community made scholarship possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From Maureen Lauerman of Gladstone: In 1978, I lost my son in a motorcycle accident in his senior year of high school here in Menominee. God took my family and me by the hand and got us through those tough times. Our friends and family came together with ...

Self-driving into the future

At first glance, it doesn’t seem possible, but who knows? By 2030, electric self-driving cars will dominate our roads. That’s according to a report from RethinkX, an independent research group that analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its ...

MSU must work harder to change culture

Michigan State University was swift to dismiss three football players charged with sexual assault last week. It was quick to defend Football Coach Mark Dantonio and President Lou Anna K. Simon with a vote of confidence from its Board of Trustees. That support came just as MSU released the ...

Eagle Mine ops a delicate balance of enviro vs. economics

Mining has, for some time now, been considered by many a contentious issue, and a delicate balancing act between a means of providing desirable economic benefits and a process that potentially leads to avoidable long-lasting environmental concerns. Precisely that situation, where opposing ...

There’s no better place for boating

Residents and visitors are to celebrate the state’s unparalleled boating opportunities and one of the best freshwater destinations in the world during Michigan Boating Week June 10-16. “Water is one of Michigan’s greatest natural resources,” said Ron Olson, chief of the DNR Parks and ...

Sports physicals a community service

This week’s bouquets go to: From Pam Durbin, R.N., Gladstone Area Schools: A special bouquet of thanks to Dr. Keeker, all the physicians, nurses, PAs, NPs and volunteers that helped provide sports physicals to middle school and high school athletes from Gladstone, Mid Peninsula, and Rapid ...

What’s next for Flint?

The Flint water crisis took center stage last year at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. This year, Flint wasn’t mentioned much at all — at least in a formal way. While that signals progress in the recovery, the troubles are far from over. Hillary Clinton is no ...

In exiting Paris accord, President Trump squanders time, degrees

President Donald Trump has betrayed the future of our children, our grandchildren and our planet. His decision to exit the Paris climate accord, announced Thursday, is incomprehensible and inexcusable. Climate change is real, and human activity contributes to it: Among climate scientists, ...

Taking a step against opioids

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to crack down on opioid crimes. A new unit in Schuette’s office is prosecuting crimes involving heroin and other opioid-based drugs as the state confronts an overdose epidemic that claimed almost 2,000 lives in 2015. The four-person Opioid ...

Don’t forget pets in an emergency

In honor of June as National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or ...

FRIB budget cut would hurt more than region

Many in the local science community are reeling after news of President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal that included significant cuts to funding. They are right to be concerned. Among the potential cuts: $17 million of the $97 million earmarked for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a ...