Editorial

Many helped spread holiday cheer

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee: The Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee would like to thank all who made the free community meal possible. There were dozens of volunteers who in advance of Christmas Day helped prepare the food, ...

Government operates better with transparency

As legislators and other state leaders settle into their offices and new roles down in Lansing, we hope one priority that emerges in the collective thought around the Capitol is transparency. During this legislative session, lawmakers need to take a good hard look at where the state stands ...

State contracts should put taxpayers first

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hit the ground running, issuing a flurry of executive directives in her first week as governor. Many of these rules are about setting the tone for her administration, and rightly focus on ethics and transparency. But others may not serve the best interests of ...

Norovirus is lurking so use common sense precautions

Sometimes it’s called the stomach flu or food poisoning, but the norovirus, a common ailment especially this time of year, typically works its way through the population each winter. It probably won’t kill you but the norovirus will sicken you for a few days. Stomach cramps, often severe, ...

There’s plenty of shame to go around

Those of us old enough to remember TV’s Gomer Pyle will recall his catchphrase, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” There is plenty of shame to go around in Washington, D.C., and Lansing, Michigan — these past few weeks especially. The members of Congress, both sides of the aisle, should be ...

Frostbite a danger during winter months

Frostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder. It is something that is not often anticipated in relatively mild winter temperatures. The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) encourages everyone to stay alert and take precautions to avoid the unnecessary distress of ...

Generosity made Shop with a Cop a Success

This week’s bouquets go to: From Todd M. Tardiff, Delta County Sheriff’s Office: The Delta County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone that helped in making our annual “Shop with a Cop” program a huge success for 2018. The generosity of the businesses, organizations, ...

Extra care, caution always best practices when out on ice

Here in the Upper Peninsula, our Great Lakes shorelines and inland waterways are a point of pride for many outdoorsmen and women. It seems nearly every year that once the waters freeze over to a respectable thickness, ice shanties begin popping up quickly, creating what looks like tiny little ...

More fizzle than boom in new law

The windows rattled for only a couple of hours Monday night. Maybe the chill and damp of a New Year’s Eve midnight takes some of the thrill out of blasting fireworks all day and all night. That hour or so of dog-disturbing and sleep-stealing rumble and boom will go on for days and weeks in ...

Rush to shut Line 5 would harm state

Campaign promises don’t always translate into sound policy, as we’ve learned from President Donald Trump. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised on the campaign trail that she’d shut down Enbridge Line 5 on her first day in office. And on Day One, she instructed Attorney General Dana Nessel to ...

Treasury: Resolve to be ready for tax scams in 2019

The new year has arrived, which means tax filing season is right around the corner. It also means cybercriminals likely will be lurking, looking to make off with those well-deserved tax refunds. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking taxpayers guard themselves ...

A changed political landscape

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed since these ...

Resolve to be a blood donor this year

The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January — National Blood Donor Month. Donating blood or platelets is a way to make a lifesaving impact in the new year for patients. The critical role of blood and ...

As flu season starts, there’s still time to get flu vaccine

The first confirmed pediatric death associated with influenza in the state of Michigan has health officials encouraging residents to get a seasonal flu vaccine. The death was reported in downstate Osceola County where a child was infected with influenza A/H1N1, according to the Michigan ...

Thank postal staff by expanding US Postal Service

The United States Postal Service delivers for Americans all year round. But the vital role that the Postal Service plays in all of our lives is especially notable during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, postal workers will deliver roughly 15 billion pieces of ...

January is Radon Awareness Month

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in soil or rock. Radon gas, if present where a home was built, may be able to seep into the home and cause long term health issues. It will quickly be diluted to ...

Cameron school staff care about students

This week’s bouquets go to: From Brianna Ecklid of Gladstone: I would like to publicly thank the W.C. Cameron School staff for all of the hard work they do to make Cameron Elementary School a fantastic place for education. This is my daughter’s second year at the school and every day ...

Know your rights when returning gifts

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Did Uncle Harold get you the sprocket locket that he knew you couldn’t live without? Want to try and get something better? Returning gifts make most of us quake in our boots. The Better Business Bureau has tips you should know that will make ...

NMU goes extra mile in awarding degree

Steven Donley didn’t plan to attend Northern Michigan University’s Dec. 15 commencement to receive his master’s degree in business administration, only so that two graduating seniors he supervises at the Best Buy in Marquette Township could enjoy the morning off to participate in the ...

Cities sue to block strict lead rule

Would Flint have poisoned itself without the state’s help? It’s hard to say; maybe we will know when all the criminal and civil trials have completed their slow but fine grind through the court system. But other cities, including Detroit, want judicial permission to keep feeding lead to ...