Editorial

Christmas musical a great treat

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: If you missed the Players de Noc Christmas musical this month at the Bonifas, you missed a great treat. This play was No. 2 of a series by author. The production of this play was marvelous, all the music, choreography and ...

Lansing fiddles as cities burn bridges

The Michigan Association of Counties is very polite. “This fell far short of the mark,” Stephan W. Currie, its executive director, said Thursday after the Michigan Legislature did nothing about the unfunded pension and retiree benefits crisis strangling local and county governments across ...

MSU must come clean in abuse case

Michigan State University must come completely clean on the sexual molestation of nearly 150 gymnasts by a team doctor who was on the school’s payroll. That starts with making public the internal report MSU commissioned to determine culpability for the scandal. The university has been ...

Line 5 agreement shows potential shortcomings

With the past year’s revelations of questionable conditions along the Line 5 oil/gas pipeline’s Straits of Mackinac segment, action by state officials to compel some safety efforts on pipeline owner Enbridge’s part would seem in order. However, we see some potential shortcomings in a ...

No protection for predators

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Phone scams don’t take a break for the holidays

Phone solicitation scams don’t take a break over the holidays. According to Michigan State Police, scammers usually give the victim a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization to fool the victim into providing sensitive information. Some even threaten to ...

Dagenais Foundation gets thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Ruth Botbyl, 4-H leader and Dave Radloff, MSU Extension educator: We would like to send a bouquet of thanks to the Dagenais Foundation for its generous grant to our 4-H club Sewing Up a Storm. We are very grateful for the money to purchase sewing machines ...

Honoring the Greatest Generation

Seventy-six years ago this week, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” Japan. It was that. There was no reason at all why it should have been what some have called it, a “surprise ...

Time for the IRS to speed up

Wait until next year is a common refrain among sports fans whose teams are not doing well. It should not be something you hear from Congress. Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved tax relief bills. All that remains is for the two chambers to reconcile their versions ...

Election ban would be a new scandal

As the Rep. John Conyers-must-resign bandwagon begins to creak under the weight of its passengers, even Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House, has called for him to step down. Conyers, in the light of multiple accusations of sexual misconduct made worse by his own admission he paid to ...

State must monitor Line 5 carefully

New information regarding Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is alarming and has brought to light previously unknown weaknesses in the infrastructure running under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t wasted time in working out a legal agreement with the Canadian company, and that’s ...

Michigan-Enbridge pact is small step in right direction

An agreement announced Monday between the state of Michigan and Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates petroleum pipelines in various places including most famously beneath the Straits of Mackinac, is progress, albeit modest progress that few outside Gov. Rick Snyder’s office will be ...

Many hands made Community Thanksgiving Dinner possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From Maggie L. Tall and Theresa Nelson, Community Thanksgiving Dinner: Scores of people from all walks of life worked together to prepare and serve an old-fashioned Thanksgiving Dinner to anyone in the area who was alone on Thanksgiving Day. This was the 38th ...

Great Lakes need to be protected

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

What Cyber Monday does not offer

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, if you ...

Anti-tobacco ads a long time coming

Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies have to run ads in local and national media sources telling the American people the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke. A federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these “corrective statements” ...

Hauswirth a wise choice as new NTN executive director

The people who run the Noquemanon Trail Network, by all accounts, parked one in the cheap seats recently in their hire of Lori Hauswirth as the organization’s new executive director. According to a written statement from the network, Hauswirth is a 20-year veteran trail advocacy and nonprofit ...

Policy needs to safeguard endangered animals

For a few years, it was illegal to import trophies — body parts — from elephants and other animals regarded as endangered. But earlier this year, federal officials loosened the restrictions, insisting that actually may help preserve some species. Killing animals to save them sounds ...

Escanaba athletics, drama, music soar

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike Olson of Escanaba: Congratulations to the Esky High football team for the great amount of good they do for all of us, representing all of us with modesty and pride. Way to go coaches, too. Also, congratulations to the music and drama departments for ...

Medical bills drive auto premiums

The problem with Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system is not unlimited personal injury protection. The problem is unlimited medical bills. Although legislative efforts to rein in escalating premiums appears dead for now, as sure as there will be a fender-bender on Pine Grove Avenue ...