Editorial

Take a second look at Pakistan

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Snyder’s budget plan looks good for schools

Some bright spots in the governor’s state budget proposal may put some color back into public school classrooms. In a week when teachers are going to work dressed in black mourning clothes to protest the unprecedented appointment and confirmation of Betsy DeVos to lead the federal ...

Foster Grandparent Program gets support

This week’s bouquets go to: From Cindy Brock, Upper Peninsula Foster Grandparent: The 32nd Foster Grandparent Program Fundraiser was a huge success due to the generosity of individuals, schools, businesses and community organizations in the three-county area of Delta, Menominee and ...

Purchase of solar energy good for future environment

Plans announced recently by the Alger-Delta Electric Association to purchase power generated by solar panels is a very definite step in the right direction. The power will be generated by hundreds of thousands of solar panels WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resource plan to construct near the ...

Children’s dental health starts with parents

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers and local dentists reminds you to give your child a smile that lasts a lifetime. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which brings an increased focus on the importance of regular ...

Don’t compare U.S. to Russia

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Workable plan for wolf management needed

The news recently a wolf had been found dead in Iron County, shot and tossed Sunday off a road in Stambaugh Township was unfortunate but not particularly surprising. For much of the nation, the wolf is a symbol of the wild — or, perhaps, a scary spectre from a fairy tale — but remote and ...

Children of President are off limits

What part of the president’s young children are off-limits do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to live in ...

Remember to stop, because trains cannot

It should be obvious by now that a car or truck stands little chance against a train if they collide. Yet drivers still seem willing to risk just such a collision. After a train last week clipped the pup trailer on a loaded logging truck in Menominee Township, Menominee County Sheriff Kenny ...

Economic developer brings new message to regional session

A top economic developer from the Twin Cities told Upper Peninsula business officials last week that the U.P., with its substantial natural resources assets, should be marketed as a regional package. “Every region has to be authentic and unique into itself and its solutions, but there’s ...

Safe food practices important all year

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. The Super Bowl draws over 100 million television ...

Prepare now for Obamacare shakeup

President Donald Trump isn’t delaying his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. On his first business day in office, he signed an executive order offering some relief from the law’s oppressive regulations. Congress is equally eager to take action, but any major shakeup will create ...

Snyder legacy badly tarnished by Flint water crisis

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...

Pasty makers get special praise

This week’s bouquets go to: From Chris Hinkle of Escanaba: I was the chairperson to the Escanaba High School senior all night party pasty sales. We made about 6,800 pasties in just two days over the weekend of Jan. 20, 21 and 22. This enormous overtaking could not have been ...

Signing the TPP’s death certificate

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s death ...

Don’t wait to be a blood donor

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And seasonal obstacles like busy holiday schedules, blood drives canceled due to inclement winter weather, and illnesses like the flu sidelining potential donors can hamper efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply. That’s why, since 1970, ...

A modest agenda from the governor

Gov. Rick Snyder delivered what can best be described as a survey State of the State address this week, touching briefly on a variety of accomplishments and remaining challenges, but going deep on none. The speech was absent any new major initiatives. The governor instead seems content ...

Wine event helps Rotary help others

This week’s bouquets go to: From Roger Charbonneau and Cheryl Ohman, co-chairs of the 2016 Escanaba Rotary Wine Tasting at the Island Resort and Convention Center: In the dead of winter, we thought your readers might like some news worth celebrating. All the bills are paid and all ...

New VA program a positive move

A couple of years ago, the U.S Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Infrastructure should create jobs, not debt

Some factions already are condemning President Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they add. So, what ...