Editorial

Mining committee bill a good move for state

We were very pleased to see that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4227 into law Monday, officially creating the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. Introduced in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, the committee will be responsible for making advisory legislative ...

Facial recognition technology invites abuse

Detroit police have been using facial recognition software for more than a year under standard operating guidelines, but without a formal policy approved by the Board of Police Commissioners. That’s not OK. The software has tremendous potential for violating civil liberties, and its use ...

Beat the heat during this week’s high temps

With temperatures across the state expected to be in the 80s and above this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding all residents to stay cool to beat the heat. MDHHS routinely reviews emergency department (ED) data for heat-related illness. Since July ...

Pioneering peregrines could find new homes in Upper Peninsula

Peregrine falcons, known for being high-speed hunters able to fly as fast as 200 mph, are more common than in the past. The bird had been removed from the federal endangered species list, but remains an endangered species in Michigan. DDT and other environmental contaminants were the culprits ...

State legislature must fix ‘dark store’ problem

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

How the free press helped free America

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” — — — This week, as I do every July 4, I pondered on the bravery and nobility of our ...

Enjoy the outdoors, but be wise with fire

Summer is at its midpoint in Michigan, with people planning campfires, cookouts, fireworks and all kinds of other outdoor activities. While many parts of the state have gotten enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires, it’s important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Check ...

Gladstone Public Safety K-9 will be welcome addition

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bonnie (BJ) Potts: I want to say how thrilled I am that Gladstone Public Safety will now have the ability to get a K-9 member to join their team. The fact that they came up with so many donations in such a short time is testimony to the fact that we have ...

Transparency still a major issue in Michigan Legislature

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented a $60.2 billion budget to the Legislature Tuesday that includes a .45 cent per gallon increase in the gas tax, which is projected to raise $2.5 billion a year for road repairs. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau It was Tuesday, March 5 that Gov. ...

Safety comes first with fireworks

Michigan’s 2019 summer season for igniting legal consumer fireworks is in full swing and runs through Friday, July 5, from 1 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day. Being safe and courteous while celebrating the Independence Day holiday by respecting your neighbors and following the law should always ...

Safety comes first with fireworks

Michigan’s 2019 summer season for igniting legal consumer fireworks is in full swing and runs through Friday, July 5, from 1 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. each day. Being safe and courteous while celebrating the Independence Day holiday by respecting your neighbors and following the law should always ...

Forests and fireworks don’t mix

The Fourth of July is one of America’s great landmark holidays, celebrating our nation’s independence. It is also a great time to enjoy nearby forests and grasslands. However, it is vitally important that all users are aware that possessing, igniting, discharging or using any kind of ...

Holiday impaired driving crackdown begins today

Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are encouraging motorists to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday with caution and have a plan to get home safely. Law enforcement wants to remind drivers that any form of impaired driving is ...

Kids get to meet Hometown Heroes

This week’s bouquets go to: On June 20, the Escanaba Rotary and The Northern Lights YMCA held a a Hometown Heroes event at the YMCA. The event was created as a opportunity for kids from Camp Harstad and the YMCA Day Camp to meet and get to know some real hometown heroes. Approximately 90 ...

Balloon releases put wildlife at risk, become trash

Ever wonder where released balloons go once they float over the tree line or horizon? We do, after all, release millions and millions of them each year, commemorating everything from birthdays and sporting events to business openings and anniversaries. Turns out a lot of them are coming down ...

An important week in Michigan’s Line 5 drama

As any Michigan student will know from their studies, in 1837, before Michigan was admitted to the union as a state, a dispute with Ohio had to be worked out. When the smoke cleared from that dispute, a contested strip of land that includes the city of Toledo was deeded to Ohio. In exchange, ...

State still fumbling medical pot access

With only four licensed marijuana testing facilities across Michigan, and licensed dispensaries running low on product, medical marijuana patients are struggling to access items they rely on to reduce pain and other symptoms. As the state seeks to streamline its marijuana operations, this ...

Reading a life skill you just can’t do without

If you’re able to read, and, hopefully, comprehend, this editorial, then you’ve got a skill that some people may never learn. Possessing the ability to read is something many of us likely take for granted. It’s a skill we learned years ago as children back in school, when the scrapes on ...

Gladstone K9 program reaches first phase

This week’s bouquets go to: Gladstone Public Safety announced the goal of $60,000 has been raised to established the first ever K9 program at GPSD. The department continues to seek donations for long-term investments into the program. Gladstone Public Safety announced the completion of the ...

High water levels prompt reminders about boating safety

Recent weather conditions means that many lakes, rivers and streams in Michigan are experiencing higher than normal water levels. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters, anglers and others to keep enjoying the water, but to do so with safety in mind and a clear ...