Editorial

Rape kit tracking program a good use of state money

We haven’t hesitated to use this space in the past to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder when the state’s chief executive’s job performance warranted it. It only seems right, then, to provide a pat on the back when we believe Snyder has gone or is going in a direction that appears to be ...

Snyder must veto ballast bill

On July 11, state legislators from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling from the prompt release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ report on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The ...

Too many teachers skipping class

Students aren’t the only ones skipping class, according to a new report. Many teachers are, too. That poses problems for obvious reasons. As Michigan looks to improve its standing in education, this is something the state simply must solve. The report, “Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and ...

NMU buoys on Lake Superior give good information

Currently, as you sit, stand or casually lounge around reading this editorial, there are a number of buoys on the Great Lakes that are collecting valuable data and information that can be put to good use. During the Oct. 24 storm that pounded the Upper Peninsula coastline with powerful waves ...

Make deer season enjoyable and safe

As Wednesday’s firearm deer season opener nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage hunters to brush up on safety tips and hunting regulations to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience. Firearm deer season is a special time of year in Michigan. It brings ...

Voters came through for road patrol

This week’s bouquets go to: From Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks: Thank you for voting on the Emergency Response/24-Hour Road Patrol Millage and continuing it for another six years. Unofficial results reported were 2,118 “yes” votes and 652 “no” votes. Thanks for your ...

No better time to quit smoking

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. By quitting — even for 1 day — smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. The Great American ...

How can we prevent terrorist attacks?

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City recently? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this country from Uzbekistan in 2010, ...

Don’t be in the dark about diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and this year’s theme is “You are the center of your diabetes care team.” The incidence of diabetes is increasing. All persons with diabetes should see a diabetes educator yearly as recommended by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) ...

Enbridge, pipeline can’t be trusted

Enbridge Energy Partners says there is nothing to worry about. The 64-year-old pipelines carrying millions of gallons of crude oil under the Straits of Mackinac are safe and protected. And if anything happened to the twin 20-inch lines, sensors would detect the leak and shut down the pumps ...

Big growers shouldn’t take over medical pot industry in Michigan

A bi-partisan effort that’s catching fire, so to speak, in the state Legislature, will make it harder for large-scale medical marijuana growers to elbow out small producers. In 2016, lawmakers approved a measure to regulate and tax the medical marijuana trade in the state of ...

Change smoke alarm batteries during time change

As you set clocks back one hour and “fall back” to daylight saving time this weekend, adopt the life-saving habit of also changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. Eastern Standard Time officially begins on Sunday at 2 a.m. “The foam cushions and synesthetic fabrics in household ...

Don’t wait to get ready for winter

With winter weather approaching, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority. Severe winter weather poses health and safety concerns with cold temperatures, ...

Drug take-back a success in U.P.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held throughout the U.P. was a success. The seven Upper Peninsula Michigan State Police (MSP) posts collected 193.86 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, Oct. 28. The MSP partnered with the ...

Enbridge’s failure to fully disclose has damaged reputation

It came as bad news late last week that an enamel coating on a section of the controversial twin petroleum pipelines that sit on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac has sustained some degree of damage. It came as shocking news that the company that owns and operates the lines — Enbridge ...

Flint should take the water deal

Federal Judge David Lawton got it right in saying that the failure of leadership by the Flint City Council is “breathtaking.” After dawdling for three months, the council finally this week approved an agreement that will keep the city on the Detroit water system. But for only two years, ...

Don’t get burned this Halloween

Families to take a few simple safety precautions to lower fire risk and avoid burn injuries while celebrating Halloween. Keep it scary and keep it safe in flame-resistant costumes, trick-or-treat with flashlights or glow sticks, and use battery operated candles at home and in the ...

Probe should go beyond Weinstein

For years, former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly harassed women sexually, assaulting many of them. Now, his company has fired him and, on both coasts, officials are looking into whether he can be prosecuted. You will have to pardon the many women who say Weinstein assaulted them after ...

Legislative move on custody issue best approach

Sometimes it takes action by elected officials to insure that public employees, including judges, clerks and others, are able to do their jobs properly. That’s the case, apparently, with new legislation introduced last week in the Michigan House of Representatives that would make it illegal ...

Snyder is backing smart school agenda

As Michigan seeks to improve the standing of its schools, there are many lessons this state can learn from others. That’s why we’ve devoted space in these pages to our series, “Fixing Michigan’s Schools.” And we will continue to do so in coming months. There are positive efforts ...