Editorial

Success of run/walk a united effort

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis: The Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis would like to thank the many sponsors, volunteers, runners, walkers and spectators who helped to make the Connon Five Mile Run/2.5 Mile Walk on the 4th of July such a success. It was a fun ...

PFAS crisis demands federal, state action

Michigan is at the center of an environmental disaster — and strong leadership is desperately needed. Now. More than a dozen communities across the state are already affected by PFAS as the chemicals contaminate drinking water, creating a real public health threat. As a series of MLive ...

Beware of diseases that stem from bites

Biting ticks, mosquitoes and insects usually are an annoyance, seemingly bent on keeping us from fully enjoying being outdoors. But these days, unfortunately, both six- and eight-legged pests can represent so much more of a threat than just a creepy-crawly, stalking source of ...

Make voting better: Make it easy

If you haven’t registered to vote in the Aug. 7 primaries, it is too late for you to participate. The deadline for registering to vote was July 8. It probably is not a coincidence that a coalition of progressive groups submitted 430,000 petition signatures that same Monday to eliminate ...

Teacher and coach taught life lessons

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike Olson of Escanaba: Just recently, teacher and coach Frank Miketinac passed away at age 96. A Hermansville native, Frank taught business classes and coached football at Escanaba for decades raising a family here too. As a teacher and coach he was ...

War against invasive species a series of small skirmishes

By this point in history, we believe most Michigan residents are well aware of the existence of invasive species, the often tiny (although not always) critters and plant life that end up doing great damage to area and regional water habitats. Most of what we hear, in terms of the battle to ...

Good news a welcome pleasure

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Don’t let reveling ruin our natural places

It’s as simple as removing shoes when entering a friend’s home, but for some reason throngs of visitors to the Grand Traverse region don’t see fit to pick up after themselves. Most who flock to northern Michigan’s breathtaking natural places take thoughtful steps to “leave no ...

Paper tariff bad for democracy

The U.S. Commerce Department has added anti-dumping duties of up to 32 percent on newsprint and some other paper products from Canada. According to the agency these products benefit from unfair Canadian government subsidies. Most newspaper publishers across the country disagree. The newly ...

Report possible threats to help stop mass killings

The news last week that a gunman attacked journalists at a Maryland newspaper and killed five people was disconcerting to say the least. We know firsthand that people take things that are printed in a newspaper personally. We receive threats on occasion telling us if we run an item in the court ...

Keep an eye on fire danger this weekend

As Independence Day holiday celebrations continue throughout the weekend, the public is encouraged to put fire safety first. Fire weather danger is expected to be particularly high today and Sunday, with increased wind speeds and low humidity in the forecast. The eastern Upper Peninsula east ...

Pipeline spill plans should be public

We appreciate the spirit behind the bills introduced by Reps. Tristan Cole and Lee Chatfield banning anchoring in the straits area to keep the pipelines running through there from dents, but are concerned with the secrecy they are including in their bills. Chatfield, R-Levering, Sue Allor, ...

Conservation corps workers doing great work in flood relief

Thanks to support from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and other local and regional funding sources, the Superior Watershed Partnership was able to deploy additional crews from the Great Lakes Conservation Corps to assist the flood-ravaged communities of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Currently, a ...

Don’t spread aquatic invasive species

The summer recreation season is in full swing, bringing boaters from all over to fish and float on Michigan’s lakes. When watercraft are on the move, though, that means aquatic invasive species — non-native plants and animals that spread rapidly and have negative effects on recreation and ...

Local sports teams shine at state level

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone High School Baseball Boosters: The Gladstone High School Baseball Booster’s would like to thank Pat’s Food and Elmer’s County Market for allowing our players, coaches and parents to fund raise at your places of business for our playoff ...

Iron Ore Heritage trail designation will help area

The news recently was good for the people that oversee the Iron Ore Heritage trail, a 47-mile, multi-use, year-round trail that connects the sites and stories of the Marquette Iron Range, a significant historical area where iron mines operated to serve the country during the Civil War, the ...

Utility companies should pay fair share of proposed tax

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multi-million-dollar utility company ...

Groups fight fair vote districts

For the time being, it looks like Michigan voters will get a chance to straighten out Michigan’s crooked electoral districts. Under orders from the Michigan Court of Appeals, the state board of canvassers met Wednesday to certify the more than 400,000 petition signatures that Voters Not ...

Lawmakers, governor step up for schools

It's campaign season in Michigan, in case you haven't noticed. And candidates for governor and the Legislature — especially Democrats — are blaming their Republican colleagues for many of the woes in education. But as this latest budget shows, GOP lawmakers just approved the largest ...

Keep safety in mind this summer

Summer has arrived and Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will ...