Editorial

Make campaign finance violations sting

A group that actively campaigned for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten its hand slapped and must now pay a fine for its clear violations of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. That law exists for a reason, and the state must do more to ensure it’s getting enforced. Whitmer began her term by ...

Snow day waiver means cheating students

Snow days are great when you're a kid. It's an unexpected day off to go out and romp in the snow or stay in and watch hours of mindless television. It's an extra day to do your homework or study for a big test. For teachers, a snow day is probably a welcome break. But the mountain of snow ...

The need to support local businesses

The news that Shopko plans to close almost 70 percent of its locations nationwide — including full-size stores in Escanaba, Marquette and Houghton in the Upper Peninsula — was disappointing yet, sadly, not surprising. Big-box retailers have been hard-pressed to keep pace in an era when ...

Right to Life thanks supporters

This week’s bouquets go to: From Right to Life, Carol Carlson of Wells: Special thanks to each and every person who made a difference for life by supporting our annual January signature press ad appeal. Thanks also to those who took part in the March for Life in Washington D.C. and ...

Despite setbacks wolf program beneficial

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland where it had been captured only months ago. The female was among four wolves placed on the island in an ...

A step in the right direction

Momentum. Traction. Whatever you want to call it, there is movement on Michigan’s abysmal accountability practice when it comes to state government. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive last week at the Michigan Press Association meeting that: Requires state agencies to appoint ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and includes the celebration of Valentine’s Day. These national observances present a great opportunity to celebrate love and to focus on heart health. Staying active, eating healthy, and living a tobacco-free life help to keep the heart healthy. ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to take advantage

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM), in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) of Spalding as well as local dentists, invite residents to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. This observance is intended to bring increased awareness of the importance ...

Playing it safe on winter roads

A winter wonderland commonly comes with fun festivities and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it also come with winter storms and icy roads. These winter driving safety tips can help you keep safe on the road this winter. 1. Keep jumper cables or battery booster cables on hand. Sometimes you ...

Slow down the revolving door

The revolving door keeps spinning in Lansing, delivering politicians from their elected offices into high-paid lobbying jobs with barely a moment in between. At least seven state officials who found themselves without posts when their terms expired on Jan. 1 are now at work trying to ...

Winter thrills can kill, so snowmobile with care

This weekend, a visiting snowmobiler was leading a group through some Kalkaska woods when his snowmobile’s ski caught an edge and threw the 45-year-old off his sled and into some trees. This appears to be the eighth snowmobiling death around the state since Christmas. A 46-year-old woman ...

As winter wears on, practicce fire safety

With the winter of 2019 wearing on, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety for all Michiganders, especially the elderly who are most at risk when it comes to fire. “It is so important to talk about fire safety with our parents, grandparents, friends or neighbors. Last year 63 ...

Help local children when filing Michigan taxes – Check the box

Area residents can help keep kids safe in Delta County this tax season by adding a simple check mark to Form 4642 on Michigan 2018 state income tax returns. By donating to Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund on your state income tax form, you can help prevent child abuse and neglect in our own ...

Sex offender registry afoul of constitution

Michigan lawmakers seem keen on making important reforms to the state’s criminal justice system, which should expand protections for civil liberties. Another item they should add to the list: Revamping the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act. The changes are overdue, especially since a ...

Don’t make shoveling a marathon event

During an Upper Peninsula winter, area residents can’t escape the chore of clearing their driveways and sidewalks of snow. The American Heart Association warns that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, however, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling ...

Keep safe during this week’s deep freeze

With a second round of arctic temperatures impacting the entire state this week, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is encouraging state residents and visitors to be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold. To stay safe during cold weather: - Limit your time outside. If you need to ...

Raising awareness about a cancer that has a vaccine

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging testing and vaccination to help prevent this disease that will affect an estimated 370 women in Michigan this year. The Pap test is a simple and affordable screening test to detect ...