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To cut prison costs, reform sentencing and parole

July 29, 2015 So it’s welcome news that the state is ending the three-year, $145-million contract early. But here’s the kicke. more »»

Ballot drive supports paid sick leave

July 28, 2015 Worker advocates recently launched a ballot drive to require that all Michigan employees earn paid sick days. more »»

Mini golf tourney was success for United Way

July 25, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: More than 130 participants came out to have fun and support the United Way of Delta County at last month’s United Way Mini Golf Tournament, recording the highest... more »»

A simple way to stop local crime

July 24, 2015 It’s a simple thing to do — and the smart thing as well. Apparently, though, many Delta County residents fail to do so — and many pay the price. more »»

State contract with Aramark comes to end

July 23, 2015 People might have seen this coming: Michigan’s termination of a three-year, $145 million contract with Aramark Correctional Services. The end of Aramark’s prison food contract was announced Monday. more »»

Pipeline plan should keep Great Lakes safer

July 22, 2015 Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette took a prudent step to protect the Great Lakes from an environmental disaster stemming from a break in the underwater pipelines carrying petroleum across the... more »»

Let’s put voters back in charge in Lansing

July 21, 2015 The Republican majority in Michigan’s Legislature has little incentive to pursue redistricting reform. Voters, however, have plenty of reasons. more »»

How to disrupt the complex

July 21, 2015 BERKELEY — President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. He should sign it immediatel. more »»


July 21, 2015 By The Associated Press Today is Tuesday, July 21, the 202nd day of 2015. There are 163 days left in the year. more »»

Allow community colleges to offer some 4-year degrees

July 20, 2015 A bill on the state Senate floor would allow registered nurses to complete a bachelor’s degree at their local community college instead of attending a four-year universit. more »»

Police catch kids doing good

July 18, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Tonya Brown of Escanaba: On our walk/bike ride home from the city band concert down at Ludington Park on Wednesday evening, my daughter, Teegan and I were at a... more »»

Time for same-sex marriage opponents to move on

July 17, 2015 The U.S. Supreme Court has announced its ruling on same-sex marriage, settling a long-debated argument about whether such couples should be able to wed. more »»

Keep kids safe in hot weather

July 16, 2015 In 2013, nationwide, 44 children died from heatstroke after being accidently left in a parked vehicle, including three deaths in Michigan. more »»

Amend Constitution to force university boards into light

July 15, 2015 Michigan’s universities conduct billions of dollars of the public’s business with virtually no oversight, and some — most notably the University of Michigan — are intent on keeping it that way. more »»

Compromise on teacher evaluations

July 14, 2015 When Michigan passed major changes to its teacher tenure law four years ago, that was an integral step to ensure only the best teachers are in the state’s classrooms. more »»

State lawmakers: Say ‘I do’ to gay marriage

July 13, 2015 After the court ruled, the people waiting outside began to sing. The music they chose was not a protest song, or an anthem of the gay rights movement. It was “The Star-Spangled Banner. more »»

Response made veterans proud

July 11, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Dennis Grall, commander of Military Order of Purple Heart Chapter 1976 of Escanaba. more »»

News is good, bad on roads plan

July 10, 2015 So there’s good news, and there’s bad news. more »»

Local blood supplies need a boost

July 9, 2015 Some things happen every summer in Delta County — picnics, swimming, taking off on vacation... more »»

Shelter program a win-win for animals, seniors

July 8, 2015 Every now and then a program comes along that takes little effort and makes a big difference in the lives of everyone involved. more »»



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