Editorial

Put the brakes on driverless auto taxes

Driverless technology is taking off, but Michigan is taking a wait-and-see approach before joining some other states that are eager to begin levying new taxes on autonomous vehicles. That’s the right call. Still, as the state Legislature starts rule-making this fall, it will have to answer ...

Know the rules before flying a drone

They are becoming a common sight in Northern Michigan, much like seagulls and other birds in the air. However, instead of the pleasant sounds of chirping, whistles and caws, this small flying object makes a buzzing sound as it watches and records everything around it. This sight is not a ...

Tight security needed at courthouses

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting last week of Jefferson County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

Programs have successful summer

This week’s bouquets go to: From The Gladstone School and Public Library: The Gladstone School and Public Library would like to give a big thank you to all of the area businesses, the Friends of the Gladstone Library and public patrons who helped make our summer reading program a huge ...

Court wrong place to enforce literacy

There is no question that too many students at Michigan’s largest school district have received a sub-par education. While Detroit children deserve basic literacy, the courtroom isn’t the place to fix the problems that have plagued the district. A civil lawsuit brought by seven Detroit ...

Hey Lansing, how about getting this tax fix done?

Can we please just get this done? Six years ago would have been great. But now is fine. That’s at least how long the City of Detroit has been asking the state Legislature to require suburban employers to withhold city income tax from the paychecks of employees who are Detroit residents, and ...

Theater restructuring seems the right decision

Being financially prudent often makes sense, but it can come with difficulty. The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council has a plan to restructure the operations of the Historic Vista Theater in Negaunee, basically separating the theater’s players and producers from the people raising funds ...

Drinking water wells need state’s protection

A confluence of recent headlines leaves a bad taste in our mouths — and worse. First, a project by journalism students at Arizona State University reveals that very nearly all the 45 million Americans who rely on private wells for their drinking water have no idea what they are putting into ...

Put a lid on violence before it escalates

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Going above and beyond to help others

This week’s bouquets go to: From Sharon Neumann of Escanaba: On a recent morning as I and my helper (Tom Ammel) came out of Elmer’s County Market with my weeks supply of groceries, we found the car had a flat tire. Both of us have health issues, so we couldn’t change a tire and just ...

Cool heads needed in dispute with N. Korea

Someone needs to turn the heat down on the rhetoric flying between Washington, D.C. and President Donald Trump and Pyongyang and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Threatening each other on nearly a daily basis with destruction, nuclear and otherwise, is doing little to promote peace and ...

Take steps to protect trees from forest pests

The Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin already has endured the onslaught of spruce budworm and the recently arrived and still spreading emerald ash borer. With August being national Tree Check Month, state and federal officials now advise to be on the lookout for the next potentially ...

Give tiny homes a little policy consideration

Tiny homes represent a sizable break from residential construction trends seen in the United States during the past few decades. There’s no universal set of size measurements that would define a home as “tiny,” but some see the category including dwellings of up to 400 or 500 square ...

State smart to target retiree benefits

Michigan is making headway in its government pension reforms, and retiree benefits at the local level are up next. Gov. Rick Snyder says this is a priority for him in his last year and a half in office, and local leaders should get on board. If they don’t, the Legislature should intervene ...

Don’t tie hands of Postal Service

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Donated used books helped a good cause

This week’s bouquets go to: From Pat Rudden, treasurer, League of Women Voters of Delta County: Thank you to our Escanaba supporters who donated their used books for our annual sale which took place at the Waterfront Art Festival. Thanks also to the community members who support us with ...

Federal report on Asian carp contains good ideas, plans

Although it took longer than expected and the delay caused some to allege the Trump administration was playing politics with the health of the Great Lakes fishery, a federal report containing a series of recommendations on how best to battle the invasive Asian carp in a key access in Illinois ...

Invasive tech needs low-tech approach

In the digital age, threats are encoded, technology is expedient and the legal tradition of limiting the intrusiveness of government simply can’t keep up. Law enforcement gadgets such as Stingrays, which pretend to be cell towers to trick phones into sharing locations, and ...

Congress, Lansing take aim at our safety

Americans for Responsible Solutions says Michigan needs protection against Congress. Michigan needs protection against its own legislature first. Americans for Responsible Solutions is a political action committee that argues American homes and streets will be safer with stricter gun laws and ...

Quick action on fireworks law a good move

The Escanaba City Council deserves praise for deciding to take swift action to put changes to the city’s fireworks ordinance in place in a timely manner. Currently, the city of Escanaba allows fireworks to be used four days before, four days after, and on the day of 10 federally-recognized ...