Editorial

State should let pooches on patios

The Legislature is weighing a bill that would give restaurants the option of letting dog owners bring their pets with them to outdoor dining areas. As the state seeks to reduce unnecessary and burdensome laws, this is a good one to shed. The Senate passed the bill, sponsored by Sen. Margaret ...

Enjoy and protect Michigan’s lakes

With Gov. Rick Snyder’s proclamation of July as Lakes Appreciation Month in Michigan, it’s the perfect time to encourage residents to enjoy and protect the state’s lakes. Recreation on Michigan’s lakes - boating, fishing, birding, swimming and more on the water - leads to jobs ...

Volunteers helped with Firecracker Run

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Gladstone- Rapid River Kiwanis The Gladstone- Rapid River Kiwanis would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make the Firecracker Five Mile Run and 2 1/2 mile walk on the 4th of July such a success. We would also like to thank the Gladstone and ...

Another win for river is no time to retreat

This has been a great week for the St. Clair River and everyone who loves and enjoys our waterways. Another stain has been erased from the St. Clair River. When it was first made an area of concern in 1987, there were 10 such dark blots on the river’s health: .Limits on eating fish, ...

‘Good Jobs’ program needed to compete for new employment

Although a lot of people have problems with the concept, the State House of Representatives recently put Michigan squarely in the middle of the tax incentive game, when it comes to attracting new jobs to the state. The House OK’d a package of bills, 71-35, in a bi-partisan vote, setting up ...

Congress and the Medicaid challenge

Health care reformers, not to mention tens of millions of other Americans who understand money does not grow on trees, are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The rock is this: President Barack Obama’s signature health care takeover law encouraged states to expand the ...

Business needs to come first

Most Americans have to stay at work until whatever tasks need to be completed are finished. The knowledge we have to do that makes us work harder and smarter. It makes our bosses schedule tasks realistically. That isn’t how life works on Capitol Hill. Regardless of how many critical issues ...

Terrorist doesn’t deserve payout

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

U.P. artists have a place of their own

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jason Lantagne of Goshen, Ind. As an artist and an Upper Peninsula native who also grew up in the Gladstone/Escanaba area I want to express my sincere thanks to Pasqua Warstler for all of the effort she has put into showcasing Upper Peninsula artists at Art ...

The time has come to curb North Korea

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Be responsible, pick up your trash

The attraction to public spaces - such as parks, hiking trails, playgrounds, gardens, beaches and more - depends on good behavior from those who use them. Many of these spaces don’t have a budget; there is no access to cleaning staff or equipment and they often rely on support of community ...

State isn’t done with pension reform

Michigan lawmakers did the right thing by tackling the state’s school employee retirement system last month. But now that that is off their plate, they should put reform of local government pensions at the top of their priority list. A report presented to the West Michigan Policy Forum last ...

Drivers reminded to ‘Lock It or Lose It’

A vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States, and surprisingly nearly half of those thefts occur because a door was unlocked or the keys were left in the ignition. In addition to locking your vehicle and taking your keys with you, there are many other precautions you can take to ...

Island Resort Championship took many hands

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, Island Resort and Casino, Symetra Tour organizers, sponsors and players to the 300 plus individuals who generously gave their time during the 7th Annual Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass. Please accept our thanks ...

Enbridge must start planning for corporate life after Line 5 – now

Flowing beneath the Straits of Mackinac each day is 23 million gallons of light crude oil and liquid natural gas. The Straits, which separates the two peninsulas of our fine state, is the confluence of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, two of the five Great Lakes, which collectively make up ...

Film details dark store tax issue

Congratulations go out to Northern Michigan University professor Dwight Brady and a group of 14 NMU students for being awarded an Emmy for producing a documentary on what is known as the dark store issue. “Boxed In,” a 24-minute film on the tax loophole that businesses of all sizes are ...

Do we really need switchblade knives legalized?

File this next one under hard to believe but true nevertheless. There is a group of Michigan senators — principally Republicans but a handful of Democrats too — that believe switchblade knives should be legal. And they believe it strongly enough that they approved a bill repealing the ...

Dysfunction wins again in state Capitol

Michigan’s best hope of landing 5,000 or so high-tech manufacturing jobs now rests with the governing process in Wisconsin and the other states with which it’s competing being just as dysfunctional as it is here. The state House began with good prospects of having enough votes to pass the ...

AHCA must not gut Michigan Medicaid

Lawmakers must take a cue from their counterparts in the medical world and “do no harm” as they tinker with health insurance reform. There’s no denying the Affordable Care Act has begun to show some substantial flaws — since its inception the well-meaning system of health insurance ...

There are still honest people out there

This week’s bouquets go to: From Stella Andrews of Cornell: I would like to thank the wonderful, honest person that turned my envelope in at customer service at Walmart with money in it. I’m so thankful and this person deserves a rose. There are honest people in this world. Thank you, ...