Editorial

Make lawmakers disclose conflicts

How ethically challenged is the Michigan Legislature? So much so that lawmakers face only minimal requirements for reporting conflicts of interest, and even when they do, they still can vote on bills from which they may benefit. A Center for Public Integrity analysis found a half-dozen ...

DNR seeks public input on forest roads and ORVS

Historically in the Upper Peninsula, forest roads have been open to off-road vehicle use. Michigan officials are now inviting public feedback on an inventory that designates Upper Peninsula forest roads as either open or closed to ORVs. An online map with the proposed classifications will ...

Superior Health Foundation grants support entire U.P.

Kudos to the Superior Health Foundation which again has come through with grants that will help Upper Peninsula residents in myriad ways. At SHF’s Spring Grants Celebration, some $106,000 in health-centered funding was announced. Nearly $86,000 went to large grants for six organizations ...

Let experts handle campus assault

With so much attention focused on the failures of Michigan State University to stop the serial abuse of young women by sports doctor Larry Nassar, it’s a good time to highlight the shortcomings of campus sexual assault investigations. The university’s office for handling Title IX assault ...

Environmental concerns and kudos

While it goes without saying that a healthy environment is important for every living thing on our planet, it’s an issue that is of extra-special importance to many of us here in Northern Michigan. That’s because not only is the environment important for basic needs, such as clean water ...

Environmental concerns and kudos

While it goes without saying that a healthy environment is important for every living thing on our planet, it’s an issue that is of extra-special importance to many of us here in Northern Michigan. That’s because not only is the environment important for basic needs, such as clean water ...

Safe Delivery Law helping save the lives of newborns

As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month outreach efforts, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michigan citizens to learn about the state’s Safe Delivery Law, and how they can help keep babies safe by promoting awareness of the statute. To highlight the ...

Reading Buddies say thank you to PTO

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Christine Jensen, long-time Reading Buddy: I would like to send a bouquet to the wonderful PTO members at Cameron Elementary School in Gladstone who provide treats for the many volunteer adult Reading Buddies every Wednesday morning. It is such a nice ...

Government racking up more debt

If you are like many Americans, you will spend part of an evening recently finishing your income tax returns for 2017. Oh, well. At least the government will be paid for ... Wrong. The Internal Revenue Service collects only about $1.69 trillion in income taxes each year. Another $1.24 ...

Trade threats sow unease on the farm

It has never been easy to be a farmer. In recent years, it only seems to get more difficult. Crop prices are down 40 percent since 2013 and farm income has fallen by half. Margins are slim, and every bump in the agricultural economy pushes more farms over the edge. “It’s tough right ...

Break down barriers to equal pay for all women

The Time’s Up movement got its start in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, and has come to stand for the women’s movement itself. The time is definitely up. Harassment and discrimination have no place in the modern workplace, and that applies to equal pay as well. Women make up ...

Proposed watercraft fee won’t have desired impact

We sincerely hope the state drops its interest in setting up a new user fee system to cover paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, the public entity that oversees such matters, voted in February in favor of registering “all rigid-hulled kayaks and canoes ...

Strangers reinforce faith in human nature

This week’s bouquets go to: From Ching Bezine of Bark River: The Sweetest Tangerines In a bag of tangerines you buy, although not all of them are sweet, some can certainly leave a lasting taste. Among the people you meet, although not all of them are wonderful, some can definitely ...

Security training in schools vital

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning in 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Welcome Newborns Program encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Delta County a better place for families. By ensuring that parents have ...

Inspection reports should be online

The popular Steinhaus restaurant in Marquette, which serves to-die-for German food, violated state food safety standards by not having sanitizing solution test strips handy. The marvelous Amore Trattoria Italiana restaurant in Comstock Park, north of Grand Rapids, failed to comply with food ...

MSU knowingly kept a predator on payroll

The excerpts from Dr. William Strampel’s performance review raise a critical question: What’s it take to get fired from Michigan State University? The former dean of the MSU osteopathic program was subjected to an extensive evaluation process in 2010 in which the university invited comments ...

Be prepared for severe weather

Despite winter’s grip lasting well into April this year, the warmth of spring and summer will eventually be making a return to Upper Michigan. With the arrival of the new seasons, come the threats from spring and summertime severe weather. As another severe weather season approaches, ...

Help preparing taxes is appreciated

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike Olson of Escanaba: Many thanks to the American Association of Retired People (AARP) members who offered free tax preparation for over 300 individuals this February-April 5 this year. AARP members provide free tax assistance each year at the library. ...

Michigan law enforcement joins anti-texting effort

During April, law enforcement officers will be stepping up patrols for motorists who text while driving. The national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement campaign has two goals: conduct enforcement of anti-texting laws and advertise these efforts with media and social media ...