Editorial

Children of President are off limits

What part of the president’s young children are off-limits do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to live in ...

Remember to stop, because trains cannot

It should be obvious by now that a car or truck stands little chance against a train if they collide. Yet drivers still seem willing to risk just such a collision. After a train last week clipped the pup trailer on a loaded logging truck in Menominee Township, Menominee County Sheriff Kenny ...

Economic developer brings new message to regional session

A top economic developer from the Twin Cities told Upper Peninsula business officials last week that the U.P., with its substantial natural resources assets, should be marketed as a regional package. “Every region has to be authentic and unique into itself and its solutions, but there’s ...

Safe food practices important all year

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. The Super Bowl draws over 100 million television ...

Prepare now for Obamacare shakeup

President Donald Trump isn’t delaying his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. On his first business day in office, he signed an executive order offering some relief from the law’s oppressive regulations. Congress is equally eager to take action, but any major shakeup will create ...

Snyder legacy badly tarnished by Flint water crisis

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...

Pasty makers get special praise

This week’s bouquets go to: From Chris Hinkle of Escanaba: I was the chairperson to the Escanaba High School senior all night party pasty sales. We made about 6,800 pasties in just two days over the weekend of Jan. 20, 21 and 22. This enormous overtaking could not have been ...

Signing the TPP’s death certificate

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s death ...

Don’t wait to be a blood donor

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And seasonal obstacles like busy holiday schedules, blood drives canceled due to inclement winter weather, and illnesses like the flu sidelining potential donors can hamper efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply. That’s why, since 1970, ...

A modest agenda from the governor

Gov. Rick Snyder delivered what can best be described as a survey State of the State address this week, touching briefly on a variety of accomplishments and remaining challenges, but going deep on none. The speech was absent any new major initiatives. The governor instead seems content ...

Wine event helps Rotary help others

This week’s bouquets go to: From Roger Charbonneau and Cheryl Ohman, co-chairs of the 2016 Escanaba Rotary Wine Tasting at the Island Resort and Convention Center: In the dead of winter, we thought your readers might like some news worth celebrating. All the bills are paid and all ...

New VA program a positive move

A couple of years ago, the U.S Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Infrastructure should create jobs, not debt

Some factions already are condemning President Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, what ...

Safety always first on area snowmobile trails

Whether you’re talking about sled sales, parts and maintenance, gasoline, lodging, food and clothing, snowmobiles comprise a significant portion of the Upper Peninsula’s wintertime economy. The economic health of a great many businesses — and employees of the businesses — literally ...

Auto CEOs should relax about trade

Three things have emerged clearly from the press preview at the 2017 North American International Auto Show and its AutoMobili-D adjunct. One: Every carmaker and major supplier is going to bring us self-driving automobiles as quickly as they possibly can, whether we want them or not. Two: ...

Lawmakers want do-over on failed schools law

Michigan lawmakers have identified repealing a 2009 law that lets the state take over failing local schools as one of their top priorities of the new session. Sen. Phil Pavlov, a Republican from St. Clair Township, has introduced legislation to repeal the law that allows the state to close or ...

Protect yourself against the flu

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reporting an increase in influenza activity across the state and is recommending that residents receive their annual flu vaccine. This week, MDHHS increased the flu activity for the state of Michigan to ‘Regional’ as a result ...

Community helped ‘Stuff a Blue Goose’

This week’s bouquets go to: From: 1st Lt. Gregory S. Cunningham, Michigan State Police Gladstone Post commander: On Dec. 10-11, 2016, troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post held “Stuff a Blue Goose” events in Escanaba and Menominee. The overwhelming generosity from ...

A persistent threat to peace

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Online comments blend fact with fiction

There’s a section in the nearly 600-page 2016 edition of the Associated Press Stylebook — a journalist’s bible to all things writing and reporting — that warns against mistaking the internet for an encyclopedia. The excerpt reads: “The internet is a sprawling information ...