Editorial

It’s not too late to check smoke alarms

When you set clocks back one hour when daylight saving time ended over the weekend did you adopt the life-saving habit of also changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. It not too late. “The foam cushions, synthetic fabrics and plastics in household furnishings today produce more heat, ...

How trick-or-treating helped the shelter

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Daily Press: This is to the woman on Escanaba’s south side who handed out little notes to trick-or-treaters on Halloween along with a piece of candy. The note read: “In honor of each child who comes trick-or-treating at this home. 25 cents will be ...

Region would be well represented by McBroom

The Upper Peninsula has only four elected members in the entire state Legislature — three in the House, one in the Senate. Four among 110 representatives and 38 senators. If anything illustrates the region’s underdog role in Michigan politics, it might be that scant presence among state ...

Time to prepare for winter hazards

Winter will be here soon. In an effort to raise awareness about the potential dangers of the upcoming winter season, Governor Rick Snyder has declared Nov. 4 - 10 as Winter Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan. As we know, Upper Michigan winters are severe, so preparedness, awareness and common ...

Bail reform could benefit taxpayers

Bail systems are designed to protect public safety and ensure criminal defendants appear in court for their trial. Recent research from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy suggests Michigan’s current system doesn’t accomplish either of these goals efficiently, while also unnecessarily ...

Be safe: Avoid a haunting Halloween

Halloween is filled with excitement and spooky tricks, but with Halloween being the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, the Michigan State Police is reminding parents to make safety a priority. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on ...

James the right choice for Senate

Stagnation is not a path Michigan should follow. Unfortunately, it has become a familiar road in some aspects of government — particularly Michigan’s U.S. Senate delegation over the past few decades. Government is more polarized than ever and every actions seems to drive the political ...

Political scams expected to Increase as election nears

Scammers are opportunists who take advantage of whatever is in the news or being chatted about on social media. It’s common around this time of year to receive phone calls from political pollsters asking questions about who you plan to vote for, and scammers mimic those legitimate calls. ...

School Bus Safety Week a reminder to obey school bus laws

This week marks National School Bus Safety Week, and the Insurance Alliance of Michigan is encouraging drivers to get a refresher on Michigan’s school bus laws. “With the start of school now in our rearview mirrors, drivers may have forgotten the rules when it comes to passing a stopped ...

Conservancies protect natural treasures in U.P.

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands, they benefit indirectly from the improved wildlife habitat. The ...

We used to have good reason to elect judges

Nearly all state and local judges across the country have to run for election. Federal judges are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Why the difference? Author Jed Handelsman Shugerman, a professor at Harvard Law School, found the answer in a book he wrote about the ...

Talk to teen drivers about rules of the road, distracted driving

National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from Oct. 21 – Oct. 27. Its a good time for parents and guardians of teen drivers, or soon-to-be drivers, to discuss the importance of following the rules of the road and avoiding distracted driving. “Car accidents are the leading cause of teenage ...

Praise for DATA bus service

This week’s bouquets go to: From Joan Richer of Gladstone: I am a 81 year old women who depends on the local DATA bus system for transportation. I recommend this service because its convenient and affordable. The dispatchers are polite when scheduling. The drivers are dependable and ...

Nominees sought for Governor’s Service Awards

Know of a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? If so, the Michigan Community Service Commission wants to hear from you. The commission will take nominations through Jan. 15 for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that ...

Regional gathering shows important role EMS plays

We want to say thank you to the over 400 people who participated in the UP-EMS conference being held at Northern Michigan University the past four days. The dedicated volunteers and professionals who make up much of the EMS services in the Upper Peninsula deserve our gratitude. A significant ...

State’s cash bail system needs reform

A group of bipartisan legislators last week introduced bills to reform the state of Michigan’s cash bail system. The legislation focuses on changing a system that costs taxpayers millions of dollars while low-income defendants await trial. State Rep. David LaGrand, D-Grand Rapids, who ...

Creative conversations can stir economy

There are many ways Marquette can set itself apart and promote the area to the rest of the world. There is, of course, its remote outdoor beauty, with Lake Superior, rugged terrain and wilderness areas concentrated in the region. The city of Marquette has many buildings of architectural ...

Teen vaping presents some concerning statistics to inhale

Even as statistics show fewer U.S. teens smoking cigarettes than in decades past, public health officials in Northern Michigan and elsewhere are raising red flags about the interest some youth are showing in another method of nicotine ingestion. Their chosen activity, vaping, involves use of ...

Play area is a welcome addition to marketplace

This week’s bouquets go to: From Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault: The DDA would like to thank the city of Escanaba for the beautiful playground on the Marketplace grounds. The new area completes the plan for the project and enhances the Marketplace. Citizens and ...

The time of year to watch for deer

October, November and December are the most dangerous months for vehicle crashes involving deer As temperatures begin to dip and the days get shorter, drivers should be on the lookout for deer. Deer are more active in the fall, especially during dawn and dusk, so it’s important for ...