Editorial

House GOP smart to keep focus bipartisan

Michigan House Republicans, led by Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, unveiled their Action Plan for the 100th Legislature Tuesday. It correctly prioritizes bipartisan issues such as civil asset forfeiture reform, fixing the roads and lowering car insurance for Michigan drivers. These are ...

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

During February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to learn and recognize the signs of dating violence. MDHHS also wants residents to understand the impact teen dating violence ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Key college aid deadline is near

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. Unfortunately, ...

Seek out qualified tax preparers

Michigan taxpayers should choose a qualified tax preparer to ensure their individual income tax returns are completed correctly and appropriately, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Under state law, taxpayers are responsible for the content within their tax returns and for any ...

Iron Mountain VA facility cited for doing great work

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were using this space to criticize the Department of Veteran Affairs for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals including but not ...

Only a bipartisan solution can solve education crisis

It’s 2019, and over 50 percent of Michigan third-graders can’t read at grade level. The state no doubt is experiencing a ‘crisis in education and skills’ - as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in Tuesday night’s State of the State address. But it’s not a new problem. Michigan ...

Make campaign finance violations sting

A group that actively campaigned for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten its hand slapped and must now pay a fine for its clear violations of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. That law exists for a reason, and the state must do more to ensure it’s getting enforced. Whitmer began her term by ...

Snow day waiver means cheating students

Snow days are great when you're a kid. It's an unexpected day off to go out and romp in the snow or stay in and watch hours of mindless television. It's an extra day to do your homework or study for a big test. For teachers, a snow day is probably a welcome break. But the mountain of snow ...

The need to support local businesses

The news that Shopko plans to close almost 70 percent of its locations nationwide — including full-size stores in Escanaba, Marquette and Houghton in the Upper Peninsula — was disappointing yet, sadly, not surprising. Big-box retailers have been hard-pressed to keep pace in an era when ...

Right to Life thanks supporters

This week’s bouquets go to: From Right to Life, Carol Carlson of Wells: Special thanks to each and every person who made a difference for life by supporting our annual January signature press ad appeal. Thanks also to those who took part in the March for Life in Washington D.C. and ...

Despite setbacks wolf program beneficial

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland where it had been captured only months ago. The female was among four wolves placed on the island in an ...

A step in the right direction

Momentum. Traction. Whatever you want to call it, there is movement on Michigan’s abysmal accountability practice when it comes to state government. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive last week at the Michigan Press Association meeting that: Requires state agencies to appoint ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and includes the celebration of Valentine’s Day. These national observances present a great opportunity to celebrate love and to focus on heart health. Staying active, eating healthy, and living a tobacco-free life help to keep the heart healthy. ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to take advantage

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM), in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) of Spalding as well as local dentists, invite residents to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. This observance is intended to bring increased awareness of the importance ...

Playing it safe on winter roads

A winter wonderland commonly comes with fun festivities and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it also come with winter storms and icy roads. These winter driving safety tips can help you keep safe on the road this winter. 1. Keep jumper cables or battery booster cables on hand. Sometimes you ...

Slow down the revolving door

The revolving door keeps spinning in Lansing, delivering politicians from their elected offices into high-paid lobbying jobs with barely a moment in between. At least seven state officials who found themselves without posts when their terms expired on Jan. 1 are now at work trying to ...