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Water deal best for Flint residents

Mayor Karen Weaver’s recommendation that Flint remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority rather than switching once again to a new drinking water source is the best choice for a city that needs both stability and trust in the safety of its water. Flint had been set to switch to the new ...

Don’t turn prom night into a tragedy

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes ...

Community came together for CBC Fund Drive

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jim Weber, First Chair CBC 2017: On behalf of my co-chairs Alan Barr and Bob Crumb, we would like to thank the businesses and residents of Manistique and Schoolcraft County for making the 50th Annual CBC Fund Drive the best ever. By the end of our telethon ...

Cut college costs to fix student debt crisis

America’s younger generation is staggering under student debt loads that will alter the way they participate in traditional American society as they age. Total student debt now stands at $1.4 trillion, more than outstanding vehicle loans and credit card obligations, and second only to ...

Spring is the time to watch for wildfires

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its cooperators are observing Wildfire Prevention Week April 16-22. Most wildfires on Michigan’s 20 million acres of state and private forest land occur in April, May and June. “Michigan typically experiences some of its higher fire ...

Legislators need to fix ‘dark store’ tax values

We need our state legislators to end the uncertainty and pass into law a fair and equitable tax policy that closes a major loophole allowing so-called “big box” stores to drastically reduce their property tax burden. Under what has become known as the “dark store” property valuation ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next 5 years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...

Veteran suicides need to be top VA priority

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Many hands made Home and Garden Show a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Estelle Smyth, Lori Seawright, Kathy Bloniarz & Pat Rudden The Escanaba Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2017 Home & Garden Show and Pancake Days an excellent success once again, especially our show sponsor, American ...

Medicine must be affordable

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Keep close eye on Flint relief funds

A lot of money is now flowing into Flint to replace the city’s lead-leaching water lines. The dollars should also come with a fierce watchdog. The Michigan Senate last week approved the awarding of $100 million in federal funds to the troubled city to replace its pipes. In addition, the ...

Right call made in teen sexting case

Although it will likely cost him something politically, we believe the decision Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese made recently to not authorize criminal warrants in connection to what turned out to be a Marquette County-wide teenage sexting investigation, was the right one. Wiese ...

The war that changed America

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them, starting 100 years ago this month. It was on April 6, 1917 that the United States declared war on Germany. Our ...

‘America’s jewels’ need support

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

High school changes should be monitored

We’re tempted to add to the support that’s swelling for a package of bills that cleared the State House of Representatives late last week. The measures make changes in the requirements needed to graduate from high school in the state of Michigan. According to reports, credit requirements ...

Students win in tenure crackdown

Wayne State University started hearings this week to revoke the tenure of five professors who are “grossly under-performing” and “not doing anything,” in the words of WSU President M. Roy Wilson. Wilson is leading the gutsy move, which is rare in academia. Universities across the state ...

Senate leader out of touch with public

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives served it up to their counterparts in the state Senate earlier this month. It should have been a slam dunk, or a home run, or whatever other sports analogy you want to use. Instead, Senate leaders chose to call off the celebratory parade that ...

Lock-your-car tax should be dropped

Michigan motorists might be surprised to learn that Lansing has been working to keep down their auto insurance premiums. Using an essentially secret tax on their auto insurance policies, state officials claim they are saving the average motorist about $77 in higher premiums. Michigan ...

Paying attention to distracted driving

Michigan motorists are reminded that “One Text or Call Could Wreck” It All during national Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. For the first time, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is supporting distracted driving enforcement activity for more than 170 law ...

Closing skills gap involves a group effort

When it comes to closing a skills gap in the available workforce — a growing problem in recent years — there is no instant solution, but local officials are making the necessary investments and signs point to a shift that will help meet the demand into the future. But even as programs to ...