Editorial

The time has come to curb North Korea

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Be responsible, pick up your trash

The attraction to public spaces - such as parks, hiking trails, playgrounds, gardens, beaches and more - depends on good behavior from those who use them. Many of these spaces don’t have a budget; there is no access to cleaning staff or equipment and they often rely on support of community ...

State isn’t done with pension reform

Michigan lawmakers did the right thing by tackling the state’s school employee retirement system last month. But now that that is off their plate, they should put reform of local government pensions at the top of their priority list. A report presented to the West Michigan Policy Forum last ...

Drivers reminded to ‘Lock It or Lose It’

A vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States, and surprisingly nearly half of those thefts occur because a door was unlocked or the keys were left in the ignition. In addition to locking your vehicle and taking your keys with you, there are many other precautions you can take to ...

Island Resort Championship took many hands

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, Island Resort and Casino, Symetra Tour organizers, sponsors and players to the 300 plus individuals who generously gave their time during the 7th Annual Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass. Please accept our thanks ...

Enbridge must start planning for corporate life after Line 5 – now

Flowing beneath the Straits of Mackinac each day is 23 million gallons of light crude oil and liquid natural gas. The Straits, which separates the two peninsulas of our fine state, is the confluence of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, two of the five Great Lakes, which collectively make up ...

Film details dark store tax issue

Congratulations go out to Northern Michigan University professor Dwight Brady and a group of 14 NMU students for being awarded an Emmy for producing a documentary on what is known as the dark store issue. “Boxed In,” a 24-minute film on the tax loophole that businesses of all sizes are ...

Do we really need switchblade knives legalized?

File this next one under hard to believe but true nevertheless. There is a group of Michigan senators — principally Republicans but a handful of Democrats too — that believe switchblade knives should be legal. And they believe it strongly enough that they approved a bill repealing the ...

Dysfunction wins again in state Capitol

Michigan’s best hope of landing 5,000 or so high-tech manufacturing jobs now rests with the governing process in Wisconsin and the other states with which it’s competing being just as dysfunctional as it is here. The state House began with good prospects of having enough votes to pass the ...

AHCA must not gut Michigan Medicaid

Lawmakers must take a cue from their counterparts in the medical world and “do no harm” as they tinker with health insurance reform. There’s no denying the Affordable Care Act has begun to show some substantial flaws — since its inception the well-meaning system of health insurance ...

There are still honest people out there

This week’s bouquets go to: From Stella Andrews of Cornell: I would like to thank the wonderful, honest person that turned my envelope in at customer service at Walmart with money in it. I’m so thankful and this person deserves a rose. There are honest people in this world. Thank you, ...

Take C.A.R.E. this holiday weekend

During this Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police is reminding motorists to make safety a priority when driving. Again this year, troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness ...

Pipelines best way to move crude – except 5B

Amid the ongoing clamor to close Enbridge’s 5B oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, the Great Lakes Commission has produced some sobering crude oil arithmetic. The commission is a joint United States-Canada body charged with protecting the Great Lakes. It recently completed a ...

Don’t take risks with fireworks

If you plan to celebrate Independence Day by setting off a few fireworks or giving sparklers to the kids, beware of the risks and know the dangers. Take every safety precaution, especially with the more powerful consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles, to ...

Carp discovery speaks to danger of inaction

The Great Lakes are steaming toward an invasive species iceberg while those with power to steer away from catastrophe continue to belligerently delay any meaningful intervention that could prevent disaster. This week that collision catapulted closer to the point of no return as officials ...

Friends of the Escanaba Library say thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Friends of the Escanaba Library: The Friends of the Escanaba Library would like to extend a gracious thank you to everyone who attended to make our social a great success. It was a beautiful night for fun. Special thanks go out to the Boy Scouts and ...

We must resolve our differences in a civil manner

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

PayNearMe offers convenient way to pay bills

A program that went into effect about one year ago that enables parents to make child support payments at certain retail outlets appears to be working well in Detroit, although Upper Peninsula parents haven’t availed themselves to the opportunity — yet. It’s called PayNearMe. It was ...

Keep it cool while on the job

With summer temperatures hear that can reach into the 90s during heat waves, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is reminding employers to protect workers that may be exposed to extreme heat while working outdoors or hot indoor environments. Each year, thousands of workers ...

Change in age to purchase tobacco a bad idea

It’s always tempting to enact laws that tie age beyond 18 years with making good-quality adult decisions, especially when there is a perception that with a little extra time, people will figure out the best course of action — and follow it. From what we can tell, that’s the thinking ...