Editorial

Teach kids to stay away from construction sites

Area schools will soon recessing for the summer break. Kids are no doubt eager to get out of the classroom and into the outdoors as the days grow longer and the weather warmer. Summer also, famously, is construction season, especially in the Upper Peninsula, where only a few months may be ...

Ford shake-up sign of new times

It’s been a while since we’ve seen headlines around here about executive shake-ups at the top of auto companies and cutbacks of auto industry jobs. Michigan’s bread-and-butter industry has been soaring along for the last seven years, posting record profits and sales. But the dramatic ...

Shipping lobby schemes to sink ballast rules

After a spring of beaches littered with dead fish and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources begging anglers and bait shops to be very careful where they catch and use live bait, the shipping industry is in the process of persuading Congress that we should all get used to it. The ...

Don’t tinker with teacher pensions

If it ain’t broke, fix it anyway. That seems to be the quotation on Lansing Republicans’ motivational poster, as they charge headlong into reform of Michigan’s teacher pensions. In 2010, the traditional pension system for teachers was closed to new hires, who are instead offered ...

No shortage of exceptional youth

Every Friday, the Daily Press has the opportunity to showcase some of the best and brightest students in the area. It’s called the Student of the Week page. Each Friday, from October through May, students nominated by local school officials are profiled as students of the week. The program ...

Take Community Block Grants off chopping block

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...

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 ...