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A lifesaving habit in 2016

January 8, 2016 The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a lifesaving commitment to donate blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply in the new year, beginning in January with National Blood... more »»

A familiar new Medicare change

January 7, 2016 Millions of older people who rely on Medicare will find the health care program is different this year. Several changes have been made to reduce costs and allegedly improve quality. more »»

State must pay for justice, not defendants

January 6, 2016 We thought we were making progress when Lansing moved to eliminate one of the state’s most outrageous taxes. Beginning Oct. more »»

Tell Snyder to veto majority’s election ‘reforms’

January 5, 2016 We wrote in November that a bill to strip Michigan voters of the ability to vote straight ticket was beneath the dignity of the Legislature. In hindsight, we over-estimated the Legislature. more »»

No excuse for wasteful spending

January 4, 2016 No nation on earth has a battle tank capable of matching the U.S. M1 Abrams. It is simply unbeatable in combat. more »»

Community helps State Police help the area’s needy

January 2, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From 1st Lt. Gregory S. Cunningham, Michigan State Police Gladstone Post commander: On Dec. more »»

Election reform laws headed in wrong direction

December 31, 2015 State lawmakers recently passed another law designed to reform elections in Michigan. With 2015 winding down, a bill heads to Go. more »»

Lawmakers reinforce contempt for voters

December 30, 2015 The Center for Public Integrity, in its annual November report card, said Michigan has the worst state government in the nation in terms of ethics, lobbying, political financing, transparency and... more »»

A good year for America’s creditors

December 29, 2015 Among America’s creditors, 2016 promises to be a good new year indeed. Our national debt will top $19 trillion sometime during the year. more »»

Muslim nations are partners in fight against terrorism

December 28, 2015 Bravo, to Saudi Arabia and the 33 other predominantly Muslim nations forming a coalition to fight terrorism. U.. more »»

School program was a great Christmas gift

December 26, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Joyce and Bob Kasemodel of Escanaba: This is Thursday, Dec. more »»

Christmas at the shelter

December 24, 2015 ‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full — we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. more »»

A bad national defense decision

December 23, 2015 One wonders what President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s reaction would have been had, in 1936, a federal bean counter suggested to him that taxpayers’ money could be saved by purchasing engines for U.S. more »»

Protect access to medical marijuana

December 22, 2015 The Senate failed to pass legislation again this year that would legalize non-smokable forms of marijuana under the state’s medical pot program. more »»

Quit smoking for the holidays

December 21, 2015 The holiday season has arrived, and there is no better time for people to adopt a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle. more »»

Food donations always needed

December 19, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Ruth Johnson, Michigan Secretary of State: Michiganians are so generous and so kind. They always step up to help others, to lend a hand. more »»

Give the gift of a sober lift

December 18, 2015 The perfect gift for that hard to shop for person is the ideal price and just a click away with a new Designated Driver Gift Car. more »»

Make sure children are vaccinated

December 17, 2015 Following recent reports of chickenpox outbreaks around the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is advising parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccinations... more »»

Voting bills may have partisan motives

December 16, 2015 Michigan lawmakers just don’t trust voters. The Legislature is about to eliminate straight-ticket voting because, it is claimed, voters who complete their ballots that way haven’t done their homework. more »»

Everyone deserves due process of law

December 15, 2015 Most people would agree terrorists should not be permitted to buy guns. But what about “suspected violent extremists?” In both the U.. more »»



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