Editorial

Elections board is outrageous

If you’re wondering why Americans expect only the worst from their government, consider the cowardly, conniving actions of Norm Shinkle, chairman of the Board of State Canvassers. The only item on the board’s agenda last week wasthe certification of the anti-gerrymandering proposal for the ...

Give business a say on regulations

Environmentalists are pitching a fit in Lansing over the prospect that those most impacted by state regulations may have their views considered when the rules are weighed. That does not seem such an outrage. Despite the hysterical claims that the foxes “will be guarding the hen house,” ...

Reflect on the price of freedom

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Concert was showcase of talent

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike Olson, Ford River/Escanaba: Last Saturday evening, the local Remnants Barbershop Chorus hosted a benefit at the Memorial Methodist Church in Gladstone, with the goal of raising money for the operation of Delta County’s homeless shelter, Hope at the ...

Why do some children decide to kill?

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

New state law would help victims to start over

We like what we’ve seen of a new state proposal that would enable the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to withhold their street addresses in public records to keep the information from falling into the hands of potential abusers. The proposal was introduced in the state Senate ...

Boaters, go slow for your neighbors

High Great Lakes water levels do have some benefits, the experts say. High water levels are good for beach vegetation, which provides improved habitat for a variety of fish species and other aquatic animals. Improved near-shore habitat is good for fish that spawn in those conditions, which is ...

Escanaba fortunate to have art collection visit

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Powell family of Gladstone: I left the Bonifas Arts Center last night full of pride for our community and thankful that the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) would provide such a collection to our town. The paintings are beautiful and I have not been ...

Illinois shouldn’t steer Asian carp prevention efforts

Illinois just took a dive into planning efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Gov. Bruce Rauner said his state is willing to help pay for a proposed $275 million project on the Des Plaines River near Chicago. The offer could bring results — or it may bog them down. Federal law ...

Term limits not working in Michigan

If you’ve ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

Boaters reminded to put safety first

As boating season nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourage boaters to protect themselves and others by following important safety tips. Saturday marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all Michigan residents and visitors to have fun while exercising ...

Get cops out of fencing racket

A bill moving through the state Legislature would get police out of the petty theft racket, but would leave the door open for them to continue engaging in grand larceny. Still, it’s an important step, and the measure should be adopted. Civil asset forfeiture is an affront to ...

Company helps Big Bay de Noc School

This week’s bouquets go to: From Big Bay de Noc School: Over the course of the last few years, Big Bay de Noc School students have gained the benefit from ongoing support from Heritage Sustainable Energy Garden Wind Farm and its owner, Marty Lagina. The company and the Marty and Olivia ...

Green is good at VA medical center

Helping veterans with their daily lives and environmental excellence go hand in hand. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has earned the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth. Practice Greenhealth is a national nonprofit based in Reston, Virginia. Its ...

Drinking Water Week highlights vital resource at risk

Safe, affordable water is a public health and economic necessity that requires greater investment, says the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA), which is recognizing May 6-12 as Drinking Water Week, in Michigan as well as nationally. “Part of the message our ...

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

During National Foster Care Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to stress the important role that foster parents can play in a child or teen’s life. “When children are unable to stay with their families because of safety concerns, foster ...

Cleaner air is good for all of us

Probably only in small ways, the lives of all of us are going to get a little more difficult over the next several years. The sacrifices, though, will be small compared to the lives we save and the breaths we make easier. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which the Trump ...

Plans to replace Line 5 propane production should be put in place

Enbridge, the company which owns controversial Line 5, has been saying for years the pipeline couldn’t simply be removed from service because of the key role it plays, despite numerous calls for it to be shut down due to concerns about leaks in the Straits of Mackinac. After reading a story ...

Military sexual assault victims shouldn’t fear retaliation

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Learn the signs of a stroke this American Stroke Month

May is American Stroke Month. The American Stroke Association and American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to learn the signs of a stroke. Stroke is currently the fifth leading cause of death of Americans, killing nearly 130,000 people each year. Stroke is also the leading cause of ...