Editorial

Don’t be scammed by robocalls

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette‘s Consumer Protection team has released a new Consumer Alert “Robocalls Threatening Arrest” to help Michigan consumers understand robocalls and how to avoid being scammed by them. Recent robocalls have been threatening consumers with arrest for ...

Veterans outreach specialist goes above and beyond

This week’s bouquets go to: From Gayle DeShambo of Escanaba: On behalf of North Woods Place Senior Living residents, families and staff I would like to send a bouquet to Ken Milam, veterans outreach specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Escanaba Vet Center. This bouquet is in ...

More aggressive funding for roads needed in state

Lansing lawmakers had a prime opportunity last week to put our money where their mouth was through the passage of a supplemental spending bill that would have seen an additional $275 million appropriated for road repair. Regrettably the bill, which enjoyed a measure of bi-partisan support, ...

Overdue bills aim to stop next Nassar

Statutes of limitations on criminal prosecutions are a peculiarly American thing. In Great Britain, for instance, the time never expires for arresting and prosecuting a person for a crime he has committed. Here, though, an offender can be off the hook if all he does is avoid prosecution long ...

Great Lakes funding must survive process

The White House’s disregard for funding for Great Lakes restoration and preservation projects is becoming a recurring nightmare. About a year after the Trump administration announced a first attempt to gut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — a move that failed to gain ...

Fix no-fault insurance, don’t scrap it

Some lawmakers want to give up on fixing Michigan’s no-fault insurance law and instead scrap it and return to a tort system in which motorists sue each other to recover damages. The frustration by these Republican legislators is understandable. They spent nearly all of 2017 trying to forge ...

Healthy lifestyles start at the dinner table

March is National Nutrition Month and a good time to start healthy eating habits. Eating healthier can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and other diseases. It’s about making smart choices to build an overall healthy dietary pattern. Ways you can start eating healthy: - ...

DATA staff deserves to be appreciated

This week’s bouquets go to: From Cecil and Elsa DePas of Escanaba: My husband and I have been using the DATA Bus for five years. we felt the need to express our gratitude and appreciation for their service. The entire staff, from drivers to dispatch operators have always been kind and ...

Prejudice revolting to real patriots

Plenty of explanations are being offered for a disturbing report issued this week. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States last year were up 57 percent from 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League. A total of 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents, about half of them vandalism, were reported ...

Be careful on ice as days grow warmer

This week seems like winter might have turned a corner, with daily high temperatures above freezing predicted through the weekend. The sight and sound of melting ice and snow are everywhere. Downstate, not surprisingly, is dealing with a much stronger dose of winter thaw, including flooding ...

Marine killed in World War II finally comes home

A solemn ceremony is scheduled for a cemetery in downstate Isabella Township Friday we think our readers should be aware of. Because that day, the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Arnold Harrison will be laid to rest with, we understand, full military honors. Harrison, however, ...

Money just one part of school equation

Prior to the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked Michigan State University, chances are you probably hadn’t paid much attention to its Board of Trustees. Now, those trustees are under a spotlight. The university’s bungled handling of this horrible School funding debates are usually ...

Rev. Billy Graham was unrivaled in his field

It is not going too far to conclude that the Rev. Billy Graham, who died Wednesday at age 99, was unrivaled in his field during our time. It happened that his chosen life’s work was winning converts to Christianity. It mattered not to Graham, a Southern Baptist, whether people agreed with ...

Elmer’s Restaurant will be missed

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike Olson of Escanaba: Just a note of thanks to Elmer’s Restaurant employees and management for 33 plus years of fine food, fair prices, good company and wonderful waitstaff, cooks and more. It is true that many local folks have been there regularly for ...

Federal legislation a small step in battle against opioid abuse

We hope our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., can stop bickering and squabbling long enough to take a close look at a bill that was introduced in the House of Representatives recently that we believe would be a step in the right direction, in the battle against opioid abuse, albeit a ...

A ridiculous effort by Facebook

Everyone likes to be seen as doing something about major problems. Never mind whether that “something” actually helps. It seems appearances count more than reality. On Saturday, members of the National Association of Secretaries of State were assured by a Facebook representative that the ...

Budget cuts to Great Lakes protections are the wrong move

We find ourselves, for the second year, having to write an editorial denouncing President Trump’s budget proposal, specifically its proposed funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Once again, the budget proposal includes huge cuts in funding for this vital budget item that ...

Elected state ed boards don’t work

Prior to the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked Michigan State University, chances are you probably hadn’t paid much attention to its Board of Trustees. Now, those trustees are under a spotlight. The university’s bungled handling of this horrible situation has drawn needed attention to ...

There are good people in Escanaba

This week’s bouquets go to: From Julia Schroeder of Escanaba: On Jan. 26, Officer Madalinski came over to let me know that someone called Public Safety to let them know that my front door was open even though wasn’t home, and that he had closed it. A few days later Officer Madalinski let ...

Weekend of sled dog racing, events ready to launch

It’s February, which means the U.P. 200 is just about to begin — and we’ve come a long way since that bitter Friday night in 1990 that started it all. The U.P. 200 Headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Marquette officially opened Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 19 ...