Editorial

Christmas at the shelter

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full — we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call, “Come here, Max and Sparkie — come ...

Dagenais Foundation helps civic center

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba Recreation Department: The Robert and Jeanine Dagenais Foundation made a contribution to the after school program that is held at the Catherine Bonifas Civic Center. The Robert and Jeanine Dagenais Foundation is made possible by donations from ...

Holidays bring greater risk of fire

With the holiday season upon us, it’s also the season for greater fire risk. Residents should use caution as the holidays are a peak time for home fires caused by unattended candles and space heaters, electrical problems with worn lights, and dry Christmas trees. “A dry tree is extremely ...

End the lame duck embarrassment

We find ourselves greatly ashamed of our local legislators, and the Republican legislators as a whole in this state this month. These legislators — including our own representatives Lee Chatfield, Triston Cole and senator Wayne Schmidt — took part and are taking part in one of the most ...

Tobacco-free for the New Year

The holiday season is here, and with it comes many traditions and new opportunities. Many people look to the New Year as a time to try something new, make positive changes, and support their loved ones in their efforts to make healthy decisions. For tobacco users, the New Year can be a ...

Drive sober or get pulled over

Ugly sweaters. Holiday parties. Family gatherings. The holidays are a busy time to celebrate the season with family, friends and co-workers. But it is also one of the deadliest times of year for drunk- and drugged-driving fatalities. That is why law enforcement officers, in partnership with the ...

Holidays can be a stressful time for problem gamblers

Many Michiganders are looking forward to gifts and gatherings over the next couple weeks, but for some, including problem gamblers, the holidays can cause financial and personal stress. “As we gather with family and friends this holiday season, we encourage everyone to be mindful of the ...

‘Bright’ future for North Central gym

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bruce Tapio of North Central Area Schools: The next time you visit the North Central High School gym things will appear much brighter thanks to a Clean Energy Grant from the M&M Area Community Foundation. We were able to upgrade to energy-efficient LED ...

State police student training could save lives

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood. (Just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

Be extra careful behind the wheel this holiday season

The holiday season has arrived once again and many people have been busy getting ready for all the merriment. From decorating to shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning and otherwise preparing for guests, all in the name of fun times that we can share with friends and family. While we, too, enjoy ...

Tunnel for Line 5 a practical solution

While it is hard for many people to accept, the world still runs on oil and gas. In fact, 60 percent of energy production in the United States in 2017 came from the two fossil fuels. It will be a long time before that reality changes significantly. Renewable energy sources are on the rise, ...

Ask Snyder to veto lame duck bills

We have lost count of the atrocities perpetrated in the current lame duck session of our state Legislature. Our lawmakers unseemly behavior can only further damage the public’s confidence in our state government, which is already the least accountable and least transparent in the ...

Reminders offered to liquor licensees

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders to help ensure a safe and ...

Choral society made joyous music

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Isaac Watt and G.F. Handel created the hymn “Joy to the World” but it was the Bay de Noc Choral Society that made it alive last Sunday at Bethany Lutheran when they closed their Christmas concert with that carol ...

It’s great to see gas prices are coming down

We are glad to see that gas prices in Marquette improved since our last editorial on Nov. 17 when we reported that Meijer in Escanaba was .33 per gallon less than the Meijer in Marquette. On Monday, the price of gas at Meijer in Marquette was listed on Gas Buddy as $2.57 per gallon. The ...

Unions should pay for union work

Among the fiscally smart measures Republicans failed to address during the eight years they held control of state government is ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for teachers who do union work while on the clock. They have another chance in lame duck, and they should take ...

Seventeen-year-olds are not adults

It would be easier to praise Michigan lawmakers for doing the right thing if the bad things they do were not so breathtakingly awful. On Wednesday, the Senate Government Operations committee did what everyone — the business lobby in particular — expected it to do and, on a party-line ...

Protect the Mackinac Bridge, not Enbridge

A proposed bill would expand the mission and focus of the 1952 charter for the Mackinac Bridge Authority, giving it the ability to take ownership of a tunnel housing Line 5 for Enbridge, should be scrapped. The bill, dropped in early November into the state senate by Senator Tom Casperson — ...

Protect yourself from the flu this holiday season

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michigan residents that it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, promotes awareness about the importance of the flu ...

Many helped make Northern Exposure XXV a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Bonifas Arts Center: The Bonifas Arts Center would like to thank the many sponsors who have made Northern Exposure XXV possible and the incredible artists whose art and talent make the U.P. a more vibrant and beautiful place to live. They would also ...