Editorial

Students win in tenure crackdown

Wayne State University started hearings this week to revoke the tenure of five professors who are “grossly under-performing” and “not doing anything,” in the words of WSU President M. Roy Wilson. Wilson is leading the gutsy move, which is rare in academia. Universities across the state ...

Senate leader out of touch with public

Members of the Michigan House of Representatives served it up to their counterparts in the state Senate earlier this month. It should have been a slam dunk, or a home run, or whatever other sports analogy you want to use. Instead, Senate leaders chose to call off the celebratory parade that ...

Lock-your-car tax should be dropped

Michigan motorists might be surprised to learn that Lansing has been working to keep down their auto insurance premiums. Using an essentially secret tax on their auto insurance policies, state officials claim they are saving the average motorist about $77 in higher premiums. Michigan ...

Paying attention to distracted driving

Michigan motorists are reminded that “One Text or Call Could Wreck” It All during national Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. For the first time, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is supporting distracted driving enforcement activity for more than 170 law ...

Closing skills gap involves a group effort

When it comes to closing a skills gap in the available workforce — a growing problem in recent years — there is no instant solution, but local officials are making the necessary investments and signs point to a shift that will help meet the demand into the future. But even as programs to ...

Iceboat Association warms to Delta County

This week’s bouquets go to: International Nite Iceboat Association From: Don Sanford, Commodore, The International Nite Iceboat Association would like to take this opportunity to thank the communities of Gladstone and Escanaba, particularly the Escanaba Yacht Club, for hosting a very ...

Paper recycling is a success story

Paper recycling is an American success story that’s on a path toward better results. Thanks to industry initiatives and the diligence of consumers, nearly twice as much paper is recovered today than just 15 years ago. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 52 million tons, or ...

Make sure help gets to those in need

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

What happened to fiscal conservatives?

Critics were quick to predict doom and gloom after President Donald Trump released his preliminary 2018 budget for the federal government last week. The budget, which was Trump’s vision for the discretionary spending side of the federal government — about one-third of the overall federal ...

Roll back needless licensing rules

Occupational licensing laws in Michigan reduce jobs, hurt low-income workers, increase crime, inflate consumer prices and waste millions of state dollars, new data shows. And Detroit, where jobs are the most precious, is harmed the most. State and local governments should make it a priority to ...

People, not courts, can change the Constitution

Not infrequently, state and federal appeals court judges and justices surprise and even disappoint those who supported them when they were nominated. In a way, that is a very good thing — just what Americans ought to want from the ultimate arbiters of our laws and the U.S. ...

Delta Animal Shelter has much to offer

This week’s bouquets go to: From Joe Russell of Escanaba: I would like to tell you of my experience at the Delta County Animal Shelter. I just lost my Siberian husky of 14 years. Her name was Jenna. It’s so awful to put your best friend down but she was old, had breathing problems and ...

Vaccinations good for children, communities

Fewer Michigan parents are opting out of vaccinating their children since the state changed its waiver rules, and that’s a good thing. Nick Lyon, Health and Human Services director, said the state has changed the way the waivers work. Michigan parents now must speak with a public health ...

Don’t risk the health of the Great Lakes

Recently it was revealed the Trump administration’s budget would slash Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding completely, putting at risk the health of the Great Lakes. Previous information stated the fund would be cut from $300 million to $10 million, but apparently those reports were ...

Michigan must expand interlock requirements

In the past year, 2,182 Michigan drivers were prevented from driving drunk by interlock devices installed on their vehicles, according to an annual report from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. If that sounds like a lot, consider that interlock devices stopped 37,299 drunken driving attempts in ...

Protect yourself from carbon monoxide

If people were aware of the dangers associated with carbon monoxide many tragic outcomes could be prevented. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas produced when fossil fuels, such as coal, gasoline, natural gas and oil are burned. In only minutes, deadly fumes can develop in ...

Super One Foods will be missed

This week’s bouquets go to: From Camilla Blakeslee of Escanaba: I am saddened to read in the Daily Press that our Super One Foods store will be closing at the end of April. The prices on many of the food items that I regularly purchase are competitively priced; lower in price in many ...

Fighting for our right to know

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Automakers should get review of mileage rule

If President Donald Trump orders a review of automotive fuel economy standards as he reportedly will do, he will be affirming an important principle: Government should keep its promises. The president is expected as early as this week to grant a request made by 18 automakers, including ...

Leading the charge on FOIA reform

State legislators in Lansing can be an easy target for criticism, but in this case they deserve recognition for getting it right. This week, the Michigan House of Representatives’ competitiveness committee approved legislation that would subject state lawmakers and the governor’s office ...