Editorial

Enbridge’s failure to fully disclose has damaged reputation

It came as bad news late last week that an enamel coating on a section of the controversial twin petroleum pipelines that sit on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac has sustained some degree of damage. It came as shocking news that the company that owns and operates the lines — Enbridge ...

Flint should take the water deal

Federal Judge David Lawton got it right in saying that the failure of leadership by the Flint City Council is “breathtaking.” After dawdling for three months, the council finally this week approved an agreement that will keep the city on the Detroit water system. But for only two years, ...

Don’t get burned this Halloween

Families to take a few simple safety precautions to lower fire risk and avoid burn injuries while celebrating Halloween. Keep it scary and keep it safe in flame-resistant costumes, trick-or-treat with flashlights or glow sticks, and use battery operated candles at home and in the ...

Probe should go beyond Weinstein

For years, former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly harassed women sexually, assaulting many of them. Now, his company has fired him and, on both coasts, officials are looking into whether he can be prosecuted. You will have to pardon the many women who say Weinstein assaulted them after ...

Legislative move on custody issue best approach

Sometimes it takes action by elected officials to insure that public employees, including judges, clerks and others, are able to do their jobs properly. That’s the case, apparently, with new legislation introduced last week in the Michigan House of Representatives that would make it illegal ...

Snyder is backing smart school agenda

As Michigan seeks to improve the standing of its schools, there are many lessons this state can learn from others. That’s why we’ve devoted space in these pages to our series, “Fixing Michigan’s Schools.” And we will continue to do so in coming months. There are positive efforts ...

Don’t give auto theft an opportunity

Auto thefts are on the rise in Michigan. In 2016, Michigan reported 20,477 stolen vehicles and current data indicates that 2017 is on track to potentially surpass those numbers. A vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States with nearly half of those thefts involving an unlocked ...

Rules governing VA don’t make sense

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

A helping hand for those who served

This week’s bouquets go to: From Sgt. Gerald Alexander, 1430th Eng. Co., Gladstone: Sgt. Gerald Alexander, 1430th Eng. Co., Gladstone, would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to the people of the Warrior Relief Fund for helping and giving him assistance with his health ...

Get rid of unwanted prescription drugs

The Michigan State Police (MSP) — including the Gladstone Post — is again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. MSP’s 30 posts will participate in the one-day ‘Take-Back’ effort from ...

Government rules won’t prevent obesity

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Childhood obesity is a problem we need to address

There is a health problem facing the children in Northern Michigan schools that too often gets ignored. But it is a problem that impacts about one in five schooled-aged children between the ages of 6-19 — childhood obesity. The number has tripled since the 1970s. Obesity is defined as ...

Is a football helmet always enough?

Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a concussion every year. Researchers will tell you that damage to ...

Friends help Escanaba library

This week’s bouquets go to: From Carolyn Stacey, Escanaba Public Library director: Robert Louis Stevenson wrote that a “friend is a gift you give yourself.” During National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15 – 21, the Escanaba Public Library celebrates its “Friends” — a gift ...

The time of year to watch for deer

As we enter the three most dangerous months for deer/vehicle crashes October, November, and December, motorists should be aware that these crashes can cause more than just damage to the vehicle. Deer/vehicle crashes resulted in 1,240 injuries and 14 deaths last year. Nine of the fatalities were ...

Expect less from auto insurance ‘reforms’

Fixing the auto insurance business has been a perennial priority for the Michigan Legislature probably since the no-fault system went into place in 1973. The clamor from Lansing seems louder this session, but that does not mean that significant reform is likely any time soon. The problems ...

Focus sex registry rewrite on risk

Michigan’s ill-advised scheme to pile on punishment for convicted sex offenders failed to get even a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving the Legislature to craft a new law that will restore both sanity and fairness to the state’s sex offender registry. The High Court said ...

Make escape plan before fire strikes

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed Oct. 8-14 as Fire Prevention Week to emphasize this year’s theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out.” Michiganders are urged to develop and practice a home escape plan and know what to do when awakened to the sound of a smoke alarm and the smell of ...

Supreme court right on state sex offender list

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court last week let stand a decision that ...

Community made church rummage sale a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Rapid River Congregational Church: The Rapid River Congregational Church would like to thank our many customers who came out to out fall rummage sale this week end and bought up some of our “treasures.” ——— Each Saturday the Daily Press ...