Editorial

Can diverse views survive on campus?

Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro gave a speech this month at the University of California, Berkeley. And while that’s a victory for any right-leaning speaker these days, it cost $600,000 on security measures to make it happen and keep Shapiro safe. So much for “free” ...

Retirees could be the stop gap for unfilled jobs

A pilot program launched this summer will make it easier for companies to hire retirees as temporary or part-time labor, a move that could help address the growing jobs shortage and promote retention of talent. The brainchild of AARP-Michigan is called ‘Experience for Hire’ and combines ...

Generous residents help those in need

This week’s bouquets go to: From the American Red Cross - Delta County: The American Red Cross Team of Delta County would like to thank the lady who wished to remain anonymous for her generous donation of Monday morning, Sept. 25, at the scene of the house fire in Stonington. From Paula ...

Flint water safe, but fall-out continues

Two years after scientists from Virginia Tech revealed the lead poisoning of Flint’s water, the same researcher has declared the city’s drinking water safe to drink. That marks an important milestone in this disaster, but not yet its end. Mark Edwards of Virginia Tech’s college of ...

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Governor Rick Snyder has declared September as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month to highlight the importance of preventing sleep-related infant deaths. A baby in Michigan dies nearly every other day due to sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment — that’s over 150 babies every year. Sudden ...

The two storms that hit Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by another ...

A perfect week to hit the trails

When it comes to trails, there’s no place like Michigan. With trails that cater to a variety of passions - from biking, hiking and snowmobiling to off-roading, paddling and horseback riding - Michigan has a trail for you. Michigan Trails Week, Sept. 23-30, is the perfect time to hit the ...

Civic center gets boost from the Dagenais Foundation

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba Recreation Department: The city of Escanaba Recreation Department is grateful for the recent donation from the Robert and Jeanine Dagenais Foundation. Funds will be used to provide healthy snacks for the after school program. Students in grades ...

Government conflict of interest policies are the right move

Northern Michigan is made up of many small, close-knit communities. It’s one of the many reasons people choose to live here. It’s not uncommon, for example, for your child’s teacher to be married to your doctor; or your co-worker to be close friends with your neighbor. The examples go ...

Special courts may need special treatment

Some Michigan counties have veterans courts. Some counties have mental health courts. Some have sober courts for drunken drivers. And some have drug abuse courts. The specialty courts, as they are called, go beyond the conviction and sentencing of offenders to offer a comprehensive system or ...

Bring competition to liquor sales

Regulators don’t often decide to regulate less. Yet the state liquor commission is attempting to do just that. It wants to open competition in the liquor store industry, and that effort serves well consumers who have suffered under the monopolistic system now in place. The Michigan Liquor ...

School days are immunization time

The new school year is here and it is time to make sure your school-aged child and everyone in your household is up to date on routine immunizations. Lately, we have been hearing about increases in childhood illnesses that many of us had nearly forgotten about in the United States – ...

Friends host special open house for library

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba Public Library: A big thank you to the Friends of the Escanaba Public Library for hosting a terrific Back-to-School Open House at the library on Sept. 9 with fun activities for families and great prizes, including gift cards donated by Meijer ...

Remember all hurricane victims

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

Security clearance needs to be more secure

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Delay by Equifax is inexcusable

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

It is open season on beaches

Beach season isn’t over yet in Port Huron and Michigan. Yes, Labor Day has passed but smart alecks will talk trivia about the autumnal equinox. And there are always warm, sunny days in September and October to tempt and torment schoolchildren. But it is open season on beaches in ...

Be prepared when emergencies arise

Watching the devastation the storm Harvey has wreaked in Texas and other southern states — and now Irma looms in the Caribbean — it perhaps could not be a better time to mark National Preparedness Month in September. Granted, Michigan doesn’t face being in the path of a hurricane or on ...

Inmate training program may have promise

We like what we’ve seen from a Michigan Department of Corrections program that trains qualified inmates for specific jobs once they are released on parole. Corrections has set up a pair of so-called vocational villages in the past two years — the first at the prison in Ionia and the ...

Don’t diminish local role in short-term rental policy

When it comes to setting policy for short-term residential rentals, we don’t think one size will fit all for communities around Michigan. For that reason, we’re concerned by the cookie-cutter approach which two bills pending in the Michigan Legislature would impose throughout the state, ...