Editorial

Work shouldn’t be a deadly place

In Michigan, 43 people were killed on the job last year, the state’s highest number of workplace fatalities in a decade. According to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration 22 of those deaths were due to falls — three times as many as in 2015. Gov. Rick Snyder has ...

State on target with veterans homes plan

We generally like what’s being discussed above and below the bridge relative to improving the delivery and overall quality of veterans’ care in the state of Michigan. Presently, the state operates two large-scale veterans homes, one in Grand Rapids and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans ...

Time for ticks, take precautions

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michigan residents to protect themselves from ticks as the warm weather approaches. Tick-borne diseases, and particularly Lyme disease, are expanding across the state. Although ticks can cause multiple illnesses, ...

Keep working on corrections reform

Michigan lawmakers should continue the push toward building a corrections system that spares both lives and taxpayers. Though significant reforms were passed in the last legislative session, much more remains to be done. This week, the Legislature has been hearing from prison reform ...

State taking action in war against opioid use

Although somewhat late in acting, the Michigan Legislature is considering a handful of bills that, if passed and signed into law, should help stem the terrible toll opioid use and abuse is inflicting on Michigan and its residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Fuzzbuster games benefit 2017 grads

This week’s bouquets go to: From Gladstone High School class of 2017: A huge thank you to everyone that came out to support the Gladstone Senior class at the Fuzzbuster game. From Rapid River High School class of 2017: The Rapid River Class of 2017 would like to express their sincere ...

A wake-up call for parents, schools

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Importance of immunizations far from routine

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has joined public health departments nationwide in recognizing National Infant Immunization Week from April 22 - 29. During this week, MDHHS is promoting routine childhood immunizations by encouraging parents of young children to get their ...

Water deal best for Flint residents

Mayor Karen Weaver’s recommendation that Flint remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority rather than switching once again to a new drinking water source is the best choice for a city that needs both stability and trust in the safety of its water. Flint had been set to switch to the new ...

Don’t turn prom night into a tragedy

It is high school prom season, when lasting memories of wonderful evenings are made for many area young people. More than at any time during the year, prom nights raise the terrible possibility some parents will have nothing but memories of sons and daughters killed by alcohol-fueled mistakes ...

Community came together for CBC Fund Drive

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jim Weber, First Chair CBC 2017: On behalf of my co-chairs Alan Barr and Bob Crumb, we would like to thank the businesses and residents of Manistique and Schoolcraft County for making the 50th Annual CBC Fund Drive the best ever. By the end of our telethon ...

Cut college costs to fix student debt crisis

America’s younger generation is staggering under student debt loads that will alter the way they participate in traditional American society as they age. Total student debt now stands at $1.4 trillion, more than outstanding vehicle loans and credit card obligations, and second only to ...

Spring is the time to watch for wildfires

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its cooperators are observing Wildfire Prevention Week April 16-22. Most wildfires on Michigan’s 20 million acres of state and private forest land occur in April, May and June. “Michigan typically experiences some of its higher fire ...

Legislators need to fix ‘dark store’ tax values

We need our state legislators to end the uncertainty and pass into law a fair and equitable tax policy that closes a major loophole allowing so-called “big box” stores to drastically reduce their property tax burden. Under what has become known as the “dark store” property valuation ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next 5 years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...

Veteran suicides need to be top VA priority

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Many hands made Home and Garden Show a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Estelle Smyth, Lori Seawright, Kathy Bloniarz & Pat Rudden The Escanaba Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2017 Home & Garden Show and Pancake Days an excellent success once again, especially our show sponsor, American ...

Medicine must be affordable

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

Keep close eye on Flint relief funds

A lot of money is now flowing into Flint to replace the city’s lead-leaching water lines. The dollars should also come with a fierce watchdog. The Michigan Senate last week approved the awarding of $100 million in federal funds to the troubled city to replace its pipes. In addition, the ...

Right call made in teen sexting case

Although it will likely cost him something politically, we believe the decision Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese made recently to not authorize criminal warrants in connection to what turned out to be a Marquette County-wide teenage sexting investigation, was the right one. Wiese ...