Editorial

Put school pensions on to-do list

Michigan lawmakers briefly considered tackling school employee pension reform in their lame-duck session. It’s off the table for now, and while that was a relief to many teachers, the problems facing the system are real — and not going away. This must be a top legislative priority early ...

Carson must return HUD to its mission

Michigan gets another friend in the Trump cabinet with the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The priority for the neurosurgeon must be extracting the federal agency from local planning departments. Carson grew up in Detroit and cites his experience ...

Sights and sounds of the holidays

This week’s bouquets go to: From Frank Rodman of Hermansville: The community of Hermansville is really shaping up with lots of beautiful homes and business places decorated. The IXL Museum really has been decorated very nice. Paul Larson and his wife Carol help decorate the museum. ...

A victory for common sense

Pensions and retiree health care liabilities are major issues facing the state of Michigan, its municipalities and school districts. The funding gaps are severe in some cases. The status quo will not adequately address the challenges ahead. Change must happen. Yet that change must happen ...

Anti-bullying efforts set back by heated political campaign

Since the election we have seen an increasing in bullying-type behaviors across the country. Sadly, several of these incidents are taking place in and around schools, with children demeaning other children of different races or religion. It is hard not to ignore that many of these incidents ...

Keep fire safety in mind over holidays

Be fire smart as you decorate your homes and entertain this holiday season. The holidays are a peak time for home fires caused by Christmas tree and candle fires. “Christmas tree fires can turn deadly within seconds, allowing you little time to escape a potentially deadly fire. According to ...

Service dogs a blessing to those who need them

It’s never a good time to have post-traumatic stress disorder. However, for people afflicted with this condition, they have more options than in the past. Take the case of Army Sgt. Katie Stemen, who spent three tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. The profile of a front-page article in ...

The recount that should never have happened

As you probably know, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein called for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Her intent, she says, is to verify the accuracy of the votes. She also makes unsubstantiated claims that the votes were susceptible to computer hacking. Had the ...

Venison Project will feed hundreds

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dave Nemacheck, Venison Project chair: As we wind down the current deer season, a big thank you to Steve at Soderman’s in Brampton, Cole at Viau’s Market in Escanaba, and all the hunters that donated deer to the Annual Venison Project. The total ...

Downstate senator blocking movement on ‘dark store’ measure

We are now well into the state Legislature’s lame duck session, refering to the period following an election in November when new lawmakers are chosen but before they take office in January. It’s a short window of time when little happens due to the inabilities of outgoing politicians to ...

Building inspection would have saved ives

Property owners often chafe at building codes requiring them to maintain structures in safe, healthy manners. That can be costly, so a certain amount of judgment should be exercised in enforcement. But what can happen when scofflaws get away with ignoring the rules entirely has been ...

Advice to drivers: Get your head out of your app

Distracted drivers are a danger not only to themselves, but to everyone else on the road. The Michigan State Police is reminding motorists to Get Your Head Out of Your App and focus solely on driving when behind the wheel. The public awareness campaign uses the phrase Get Your Head Out of ...

Obamacare keeps costing Michigan

Michigan adopted Medicaid expansion with a certain understanding of its projected costs, and the promise of “free” federal funds. Now those costs for the state will be substantially higher over the next five years than taxpayers were led to believe when the legislation was adopted. It’s ...

Attention has faded, but not state’s duty to Flint

The Flint water crisis became the Flint water fatigue. The fear has been that everyone would forget Flint. Too much of that worry has become reality. Celebrities aren’t delivering truckloads of bottled water. Outstate communities aren’t organizing collections. Parishioners aren’t ...

Use caution with fire in the woods

With dry conditions expected throughout much of the state this week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is urging hunters, and folks out cleaning up their yards, to keep fire safety in mind."Overall it's very dry throughout much of the state," said Jim Fisher, DNR state fire ...

Forget voters, pollsters need to check themselves

Polls are part of the political process, especially in presidential races. So it was not unusual for poll after poll to be conducted in the race between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.Those polls showed how each of the candidates had his or her moments of momentum and also ...

A great day to kick the habit

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to go the distance and quit smoking for good. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life one that can lead to reducing cancer ...

Be careful out in the woods

Tens of thousands of Michigan residents and nonresidents will take to the fields and forests Tuesday to enjoy deer hunting. Here's a few helpful reminders, courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources, for those who will be heading out to hunt.- The firearm deer season runs Nov. 15-30.- ...

Thanks to home care and hospice workers

This week's bouquets go to:North Woods Home Care and Hospice is pleased to announce the observance of National Home Care and Hospice Month began Nov. 1.During November, North Woods would like to honor our nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers, and support staff that makes a ...

More information needed on impact of new utility

What are the possible impacts to ratepayers should a new utility be created? The Michigan Public Service Commission wants to know.Subsidiaries of the Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group in June proposed the creation of the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation. WEC also owns the Presque Isle ...