Editorial

Time to shine light on ‘dark money’

With the Michigan primary election fresh on people’s minds, it’s a good time to consider some of the disturbing trends that emerged the past few months. Transparency should be the goal in political spending. Especially when “dark money” crosses the line into unsanctioned activity, ...

All American remains need to come home

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Little League All Stars say thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba 9-10 Little League All Stars: The Escanaba 9-10 Little League All Stars would like to thank the community of Escanaba for all of your support while we represented our hometown and finished second in the state of Michigan. A special thank you ...

mBank steps up, helping battle hunger in area, region

mBank has pledged to underwrite three Mobile Food Pantry distributions — one each in Ishpeming, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie — this summer. The $9,500-plus contribution from mBank is being made to Feeding America West Michigan, which provides food to 160 local hunger-relief ...

Loans, grants needed for infrastructure

If there’s water and sewer infrastructure, there are bound to be upgrades. Since those typically don’t come without a price tag, it’s beneficial for municipalities to acquire funding. So, the good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $7 million to ...

Endorsements can be yummy, but they may make you sick

Political endorsements are like your Mom’s favorite chicken soup. It may not cure all your ills, but it doesn’t hurt . or does it? With an electorate that often doesn’t know squat about a candidate’s qualifications, the office seeker often turns to someone the voter does know and uses ...

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding prevents ...

Businesses support corrections officers

This week’s bouquets go to: From Tim Fleury, organizer of the MCO Crisis Fund UP Golf Outing: I’d like to thank the Escanaba-area individuals and businesses that supported the Michigan Corrections Organization Crisis Fund UP Golf Outing July 20. The MCO Crisis Fund helps corrections ...

Keep putting pressure on N. Korea

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

State warns of dangers from exposure to sun

We’re halfway through the summer, yet it’s likely not too late to remind the public about the risks of too much exposure to the sun. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is sharing some tips on ways to stay protected no matter what time of year. Skin cancer is the most ...

Info doesn’t cause panic, but a lack of info does

A plume of contaminated groundwater is a scary thing. It creeps quietly into our lives in gentle shushes from our faucets, the soft snap of a garden-grown pea. We drink, we eat, we line the kids up at the drinking fountains after recess. And then, the news arrives, and the tug of war begins ...

Talks in Afghanistan should be pursued

News the Taliban have agreed to their first direct talks with a U.S. official, regarding peace in Afghanistan, is highly significant for a number of reasons. During the months following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, U.S. forces, working with our allies, deposed the Taliban from power ...

Being proactive necessary in school water tests

You mention Flint nowadays and you think of high lead levels and a purportedly slow response by the state government, depending with whom you speak. If proper precautions had taken place before the crisis, though, the crisis likely would have been averted, or at least lessened. Recent ...

Flower baskets add special touch to Ludington Street

This week’s bouquets go to: From Carol Butryn of Escanaba: To whoever planted, installed, and waters the beautiful flower baskets hanging along Ludington Street, thank you. They are truly blooming beautifully this year and add so much to the charm of our main street. ——— Each ...

School Supplies? Check. Asthma Medicine? Check.

As summer break winds down and students prepare to head back to school, parents and caregivers of children with asthma must take special care to ensure their students are poised to stay healthy throughout the school year. So, in addition to grabbing that list of school supplies, we have a ...

Michigan gets high marks as a retirement state

A recent study pegs Michigan as a pretty attractive place to retire. Mind you, it doesn’t compare to top-ranked South Dakota, which evidently has become a senior magnet, but at number 14, it fared better than 36 other states as a retirement destination. The study was published in USA ...

Lawsuit climate has gone too far

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing last week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Line 5 pipeline has overstayed its welcome

Never say never. It’s about time we learn to stop downplaying risks related to the Line 5 oil pipeline where it crosses the Straits of Mackinac and begin moving forward with what now should be the obvious move to eliminate the threat. If the past several years of questions about condition ...

Calls prompt warning about tax scams

Apparently, tax scammers aren’t inclined to take the summer off. A reader Tuesday reported an ominous message left on his voice mail, implying legal action and other dire consequences from supposedly unpaid back taxes. Worse, his grandparents had gotten the same call. These calls claim to ...

Success of run/walk a united effort

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis: The Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis would like to thank the many sponsors, volunteers, runners, walkers and spectators who helped to make the Connon Five Mile Run/2.5 Mile Walk on the 4th of July such a success. It was a fun ...