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Transparency better under bills in Legislature

September 30, 2016 An important step toward making state government more transparent was taken Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives. more »»

3rd-grade reading’s line in the sand obliterated

September 28, 2016 Why draw the line in the sand at third grade? There is an undeniable logic to demanding that schoolchildren show reading proficiency before moving on to the fourth grad. more »»

House should move Flint relief bills

September 27, 2016 All that stands between Flint and the federal funds it needs to push ahead the rebuilding of its tainted water system is approval by the House of an aid bill that has already sailed through the... more »»

Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

September 26, 2016 September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month and to recognize this important observation, Welcome Newborns of Delta County is reminding parents and caregivers of techniques that can help to... more »»

Community helps out good causes

September 24, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From the Rapid River Student Council: Rapid River Student Council would like to extend a huge thank you to its fan club for its efforts to make Rapid River High School’s... more »»

Children cannot keep dying at the hands of anyone

September 23, 2016 Thirteen-year-old children should not die of gunshot wounds. That is such a self-evident proposition that debating it would be absurd. more »»

Deer crash odds getting worse in Michigan

September 22, 2016 It’s the time of year to watch for deer. In fact, Michigan drivers are 14 percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year, according to recent data. more »»

Challenge may sprout good ideas, good jobs

September 21, 2016 We grow it. Despite our location here, in what some might consider the Great Frozen North, Michigan farmers are national and world leaders when it comes to growing food. more »»

Senate pot bills ensure patients fair access

September 20, 2016 The Senate last week passed a package of bills to substantially alter the state’s medical marijuana program, which has been vague ever since its 2008 passage. The vote is a mixed bag. more »»

Michigan trails are something to celebrate

September 19, 2016 With more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails that connect communities, provide health and economic benefits, and attract outdoor enthusiasts, it’s no wonder Michigan is known as “The Trail... more »»

Zero tolerance for hate crimes

September 16, 2016 As a nation, we Americans are a good, fair, compassionate people. Nearly all of our neighbors are that way. more »»

Brewers guild should fix park mess

September 15, 2016 Anyone paying attention knew it was going to happen sooner or later, that one or more of the big-ticket festivals sited in the city of Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park would inflict significant... more »»

Pass comprehensive energy legislation

September 13, 2016 It’s no secret Michigan is at an energy crossroads. Coal plants continue to come offline, and over the next 15 years that alone will reduce the state’s total electricity generation by 30 percent. more »»

Vacation authorities put dogs on the menu

September 13, 2016 Michigan lawmakers are back on the job after their summer vacation. A month off work probably does make them tourism experts. They made progress on another bill designed to boost tourism in Michiga. more »»

Endangered animals need our help

September 12, 2016 Humankind has not done a very good job of stewardship involving the animal kingdom. more »»

Cheerleaders say thanks for help with fundraiser

September 10, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: The Gladstone varsity cheerleaders would like to send a huge thank you to Elmer’s County Market for allowing us to have a brat sale fundraiser last week. more »»

Competition needed in health care market

September 9, 2016 In both 2014 and last year, Mylan Pharmaceuticals made more than $1 billion on its EpiPen. more »»

Blood donors of all types needed

September 8, 2016 The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply for patients in need. more »»

Mandates, good or bad, still need funding

September 7, 2016 In 2006, Michigan lawmakers passed House Bill 5240 and Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed it into law. more »»

Schools are still missing the mark

September 6, 2016 The test results released this week by the Michigan Department of Education put into focus how much work is needed to improve student learning in the state. But there is an upside. more »»



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