Editorial

Quick action saved boy’s life

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Paramedics numbers rising in state

Sorry if this spoils your dreams, but we have a bit of career advice for you: Don’t become an actor. You would starve. There are tools available that can predict whether a given career choice will lead to full-time employment and a full-sized paycheck. The federal government’s Bureau of ...

More reform needed on property seizures

Gov. Rick Snyder began the new year by signing legislation to make it easier and cheaper for Michigan citizens to get back property seized by police. It was an important step, but the state still must do more to fix its civil asset forfeiture law. The new law prohibits the state from charging ...

VP Pence deserves better treatment

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Support Walk for Warmth Feb. 25

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Julie Moberg and Cathy Pearson of the Community Action Agency in Escanaba: We have a big event Feb. 25 in Escanaba — perhaps our biggest event of the year. Our Walk for Warmth raises money, helping residents who have fallen on hard times, heat ...

State education budget a step in right direction

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a $128 million increase for K-12 schools, which may be good news for some but still a cause for concerns for others. The budget will continue to allocate extra money to the lowest-funded school districts to reduce the equity gap between those districts and the ...

Unfunded public benefit liability must be addressed

Call it the 600 pound elephant in the living room, the problem that few people in positions of power want to discuss. Call it what you will but state government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and ...

Take a second look at Pakistan

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Snyder’s budget plan looks good for schools

Some bright spots in the governor’s state budget proposal may put some color back into public school classrooms. In a week when teachers are going to work dressed in black mourning clothes to protest the unprecedented appointment and confirmation of Betsy DeVos to lead the federal ...

Foster Grandparent Program gets support

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 ...

Purchase of solar energy good for future environment

Plans announced recently by the Alger-Delta Electric Association to purchase power generated by solar panels is a very definite step in the right direction. The power will be generated by hundreds of thousands of solar panels WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resource plan to construct near the ...

Children’s dental health starts with parents

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers and local dentists reminds you to give your child a smile that lasts a lifetime. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which brings an increased focus on the importance of regular ...

Don’t compare U.S. to Russia

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Workable plan for wolf management needed

The news recently a wolf had been found dead in Iron County, shot and tossed Sunday off a road in Stambaugh Township was unfortunate but not particularly surprising. For much of the nation, the wolf is a symbol of the wild — or, perhaps, a scary spectre from a fairy tale — but remote and ...

Children of President are off limits

What part of the president’s young children are off-limits do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to live in ...

Remember to stop, because trains cannot

It should be obvious by now that a car or truck stands little chance against a train if they collide. Yet drivers still seem willing to risk just such a collision. After a train last week clipped the pup trailer on a loaded logging truck in Menominee Township, Menominee County Sheriff Kenny ...

Economic developer brings new message to regional session

A top economic developer from the Twin Cities told Upper Peninsula business officials last week that the U.P., with its substantial natural resources assets, should be marketed as a regional package. “Every region has to be authentic and unique into itself and its solutions, but there’s ...

Safe food practices important all year

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. The Super Bowl draws over 100 million television ...

Prepare now for Obamacare shakeup

President Donald Trump isn’t delaying his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. On his first business day in office, he signed an executive order offering some relief from the law’s oppressive regulations. Congress is equally eager to take action, but any major shakeup will create ...

Snyder legacy badly tarnished by Flint water crisis

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...