Editorial

Snyder’s proposed trash fee hike is overdue

A decade ago, Michigan Republicans managed to stop a plan passed by Democrats in the state House to raise landfill dumping fees. The Democrats were motivated by the endless stream of Canadian trash trucks overturning and catching fire on freeway medians in southeast Michigan. In the Port ...

Make a realistic tax adjustment

Federal tax reform has brought with it an opportunity for Michigan residents to get a tax cut, but it’s no sure thing and a fiscal drama is now playing out in Lansing. More money in the pockets of taxpayers is good for Michigan, but lawmakers must be wary of slashing revenues without equal ...

Reasoning behind hunter pink defective, dated, derogatory

Blue is for boys and pink is for girls, right? We thought this kind of thinking went out decades ago, but apparently that’s not the case. A memo recently submitted to the Michigan House Natural Resources Committee in support of pink hunting attire seems to suggest pink still is the ...

Donations make InSHAPE possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From Nicole A. Garrison of Escanaba: Thank you to the Escanaba Rotary Club and the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis for their generous donations to the InSHAPE program, an evidence-based wellness program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of individuals ...

Snyder should retire Line 5 beneath Mackinac Straits

The Associated Press reported Monday that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder refused to halt the flow of crude oil through twin pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway as they are inspected for gaps in exterior coating, saying there was no imminent threat of a spill. Snyder cited the potential for a ...

Trustees should drop anonymity and go on record individually

Dozens of women and girls shed their anonymity this week during the sentencing hearing for convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar. They bravely stood in open court, putting their names and faces into the record as victims - or shall we say survivors - of the former doctor who assaulted them under ...

Take it slow on ice and snow

The Michigan State Police reminds motorists to take their time when driving to destinations when hazardous road conditions are created by snowfall and cold temperatures. Motorists are reminded to take extra precautions when stopping and turning. Remember to do all of your braking before the ...

MSU board must follow Simon out door

The first step toward restoring Michigan State University’s credibility and reputation came this week with the resignation of President Lou Anna Simon, whose handling of the Dr. Larry Nassar scandal brought shame and condemnation to the university. Now MSU will be looking for a new leader, ...

Utility bill telephone scam making rounds

Upper Peninsula Power Co. officials warn that a telephone scam involving UPPCO customers is afoot. According to Brett French, vice president of business development and communications at UPPCO, some UPPCO customers have received calls ostensibly from company representatives who demand money ...

Bay College basketball off to good start

This week’s bouquets go to: From Tom Grant of Escanaba: I want to give two thumbs up to the Bay College basketball programs. This is just the first year and both the men and the ladies have showed that they are up for the challenge. It was a lot of work getting these programs up and ...

Violent behavior needs to be taken seriously

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Time’s up for MSU’s Lou Anna Simon

“Play it straight” is how President Lou Anna Simon says she advised her Michigan State University staff to handle allegations of sexual misconduct against a MSU physician. But Simon has not played it straight herself, choosing instead to pull a curtain over questions of culpability by ...

Winter a deadly time for house fires

January 2018 has been a deadly month in Michigan. As of Jan. 17, 15 Michiganders have died in residential fires across the state. This is up from nine fire fatalities recorded for the entire month of January 2017. Each year there is an increase in residential fires during the winter months ...

Rush to cut taxes may have a cost

The law of unintended consequences could have unintended benefits for Michigan taxpayers. The Congress passed and the president signed the Republican tax reform bill, they accidentally gave the state of Michigan a $1.5 billion windfall by making more of Michiganders’ income taxable. When ...

An act of kindness not forgotten

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Kristin Mathison: A big bouquet to “Brenda” in the OSF Registration Department for giving me a ride to Gladstone after missing my DATA bus on Jan. 11. She went way out of her way on a stormy, winter day and I want her to know her kindness is very much ...

Many knew about sexual predators

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Check the box and help local children

Area residents can help keep kids safe in Delta County this tax season by adding a simple check mark to Form 4642 on Michigan 2017 state income tax returns. “Every child deserves our protection. No task is as important, as keeping our children safe from harm”, said Lannie Berg, Welcome ...

Charters key to school choice

In recent weeks, we have offered a variety of opinions in our pages from thought leaders debating the value of charter schools. There are no shortage of viewpoints about these alternative public schools, but we wanted to host a civil discussion. While not a panacea to what ails Michigan’s ...

Change in weather means changing ice conditions

With the recent fluctuation of temperatures across the state, anyone venturing out on the ice is urged to use caution.. The recent deep freeze gave way to a warming trend — followed by more cold temperatures. According to the Department of Natural Resources, this affects the integrity of ...

Toys for Tots brightens holiday

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The All Saints Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul sends a big thank you to Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps League for all of the toys donated to our Christmas baskets. We are also grateful to all others ...