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Lawmakers slap a band-aid on truancy

We cannot proceed without first pointing out the irony of a body that schedules itself to work 102 days a year trying to solve the school truancy problem. We wonder if two- and three-day workweeks wouldn’t improve the attendance of teachers and schoolchildren alike. The Michigan Senate on ...

Inadequacy marks school funding reports

One year after the results of a statewide school adequacy study were released, a new coalition is saying that study was, well, inadequate. The group is spearheading yet another study into Michigan’s school finances. And while members raise some valid points, it’s unclear how another ...

Distracted driving bill may not be best cure

Everybody agrees that distracted driving is a deadly practice responsible for thousands of traffic accidents on Michigan roads and dozens of fatalities each year. In fact, according to one recent study, in the past 10 years there have been more than 34,000 distracted driving crashes in ...

Veteran says thanks to Honor Flight

This week’s bouquets go to: From Victor Majestic, Korean War veteran, Rapid River: Thank you Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. I want to thank you for the great trip to Washington DC, for me and my fellow veterans to pay respect to our fallen soldiers. A big thank you to my guardian ...

National security vs computer security

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Prevent tragedy during boating season

With boating season around the corner, Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters to make their pastime more enjoyable by following important safety tips. Saturday, May 20, marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all Michigan residents and visitors to ...

New marijuana ballot proposal effort underway

A new effort to place legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes on the state ballot, perhaps as early as November, was launched last week. Coordinated by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a ballot drive started Friday to gather about 252,000 signatures needed to ...

GOP must get behind strong ethics rules

There’s nothing an influence peddler likes better than the outstretched palm of a lawmaker. Some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature seem hell-bent on keeping the grease flowing to those hands. A very sensible package of bills that would tighten Michigan’s ...

Know the dangers of skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States. Current estimates indicate that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and the American Cancer Society projects there will be 2,780 new cases and 290 deaths due to melanoma in Michigan this year. ...

Groups made Salmon in the Classroom possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From Traci Pinar I would like to extend a gracious thank you to the sponsors of my “Salmon in the Classroom” program for the fifth grade at Upper Elementary School in Escanaba. Through their support and volunteer hours, my students have been able to work ...

Poor kids caught in red tape

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of Congress ...

Loving families needed for foster care

Nearly 13,000 Michigan children of all ages need loving foster parents while the state works to reunite them safely with their biological parents or find them permanent adoptive homes. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in May is highlighting the crucial role that foster ...

Our roads get riskier; only you can help

Automakers and government regulators tell us that vehicles are safer than they’ve ever been. One agency’s video shows a modern sub-compact car colliding with a large, full-size sedan from the early 1970s, when bigger meant safer. The mini-car tears the wide-body classic in half, and the ...

Budget tinkering does both harm and good

Michigan lawmakers are busy reshaping the $56.3 billion budget Gov. Rick Snyder sent them, in some cases making it better, and in others putting key spending priorities at risk. The state House passed its version earlier in the week, cutting roughly $283 million from the governor’s ...

Asian carp report key to battling species

We join a handful of lawmakers representing both parties in calling for the release of a federal report — considered key by stakeholders — that details how to proceed in the war against the aggressive Asian carp. The report, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, was initially ...

Support Players de Noc, Arts Center

This week’s bouquets go to: From Sharon Fosmo of Escanaba Escanaba is so fortunate to have a group like Players de Noc at the Art Center. The latest play “Miracle on South Division Street” should not be missed. Debated about going, but happy I did this Sunday afternoon. If you ...

Work shouldn’t be a deadly place

In Michigan, 43 people were killed on the job last year, the state’s highest number of workplace fatalities in a decade. According to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration 22 of those deaths were due to falls — three times as many as in 2015. Gov. Rick Snyder has ...

State on target with veterans homes plan

We generally like what’s being discussed above and below the bridge relative to improving the delivery and overall quality of veterans’ care in the state of Michigan. Presently, the state operates two large-scale veterans homes, one in Grand Rapids and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans ...

Time for ticks, take precautions

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, and particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state. Although ticks can cause multiple illnesses, ...

Keep working on corrections reform

Michigan lawmakers should continue the push toward building a corrections system that spares both lives and taxpayers. Though significant reforms were passed in the last legislative session, much more remains to be done. This week, the Legislature has been hearing from prison reform ...