Editorial

Don’t risk the health of the Great Lakes

Recently it was revealed the Trump administration’s budget would slash Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding completely, putting at risk the health of the Great Lakes. Previous information stated the fund would be cut from $300 million to $10 million, but apparently those reports were ...

Michigan must expand interlock requirements

In the past year, 2,182 Michigan drivers were prevented from driving drunk by interlock devices installed on their vehicles, according to an annual report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. If that sounds like a lot, consider that interlock devices stopped 37,299 drunken driving attempts in ...

Protect yourself from carbon monoxide

If people were aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide many tragic outcomes could be prevented. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas produced when fossil fuels, such as coal, gasoline, natural gas and oil are burned. In only minutes, deadly fumes can develop in ...

Super One Foods will be missed

This week’s bouquets go to: From Camilla Blakeslee of Escanaba: I am saddened to read in the Daily Press that our Super One Foods store will be closing at the end of April. The prices on many of the food items that I regularly purchase are competitively priced; lower in price in many ...

Fighting for our right to know

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Automakers should get review of mileage rule

If President Donald Trump orders a review of automotive fuel economy standards as he reportedly will do, he will be affirming an important principle: Government should keep its promises. The president is expected as early as this week to grant a request made by 18 automakers, including ...

Leading the charge on FOIA reform

State legislators in Lansing can be an easy target for criticism, but in this case they deserve recognition for getting it right. This week, the Michigan House of Representatives’ competitiveness committee approved legislation that would subject state lawmakers and the governor’s office ...

Overhead electric lines not a bright idea

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” There is some debate, however, whether he actually said it. The people who obsess over such things argue whether credit is due Benjamin ...

Bill would hurt transparency in state government

More secrecy in government is one of the last things the state of Michigan needs. A bill that would keep bids secret until the state government awards a contract is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature, with the legislation expected to be up for a vote in the House today. The ...

Parent-Teacher Club goes extra mile

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Rapid River teachers: The Rapid River teachers would like to extend their gratitude to our school’s Parent-Teacher-Club. Recently, they organized, set-up, and worked for hours on our book fair. The theme was “Camp Out with a Good Book.” The ...

Stop wasteful defense spending first

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

Federal leaders must verify Enbridge’s claims on Line 5

With the news late last month that there are stretches of underwater pipeline that are missing their protective coating in the Straits of Mackinac — a report that line operator Enbridge calls incorrect — it is time for federal officials to act in a commanding and transparent way. Enbridge ...

Phone scams target taxpayers

Aggressive and threatening phone calls made by criminals impersonating state tax officials are on the rise in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. As the individual income tax season progresses, Treasury typically observes a surge in scam phone calls where scammers make ...

Stalling Asian carp fight threatens Great Lakes

The issue: Administration halts movement to address Asian carp Our view: Stopping an already slow process further threatens Great Lakes Government often moves at a glacial pace, but a recent freeze in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to stop Asian carp from entering the Great ...

Surprise performance was memorable

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bob Moraski of Bark River: On Christmas Day, I received from my wife a ticket to see my favorite singer Martina McBride at the Island Resort & Casino. Little did I know that I would see what I now consider the finest singing performance of my life. ...

Proposed state enviro committees a positive move

State legislative moves to reestablish a pair of citizen oversight committees to keep an eye on environmental enforcement have a lot of people talking — in and out of the capital. House and Senate Democrats have introduced bills in the respective chambers to set up panels to monitor the ...

McMaster good pick for national security adviser

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Highways becoming a deadly place

Just when we thought it was safe to go out onto the nation’s highways, we now learn the number of people killed each year is increasing. According to a recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety cited in an Associated Press story, U.S. traffic deaths rose 7 percent to 35,092 ...

Washington trip stresses forest products issues

Workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry traveled to Washington recently and had hundreds of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and administration officials to underscore concerns about public policies impacting the industry’s future. The Pulp and Paperworkers’ Resource ...

Community comes together for Foster Grandparents

This week’s bouquets go to: From Cindy Brock, Upper Peninsula Foster Grandparent: The 32nd Foster Grandparent Program Fundraiser was a huge success due to the generosity of individuals, schools, businesses and community organizations in the three-county area of Delta, Menominee and ...