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Editorial

Doing the right thing shouldn’t be temporary

Doing the right thing simply can’t be a temporary change of direction for state regulators. We were heartened to hear the director of Michigan’s task force in charge of addressing PFAS groundwater pollution declare her agency would upend its current practices and, at least for now, ...

Lawmakers should publicly disclose conflicts

Michigan and only two other states — Idaho and New Jersey — have no statutory requirements for state lawmakers to disclose their occupations, business associations, property, or income to the public, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That has to ...

Don’t hold vaccinated hostage

We’ve asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to tell us when and how she would go about lifting the heavy restrictions Michigan has lived under for more than a year. The governor finally laid out some metrics Thursday, and that’s a start. But the targets are too hard to reach and will take the ...

Brat sale benefits U.P. Honor Flight

This week’s bouquets go to: From Gayle DeShambo: UP Health System Home Care and Hospice, AirMedCare Network, Guardian Flight and UP Honor Flight together raised $3,287 to support upcoming UP Honor Flight mission trips. According to Gayle DeShambo, UP Health System Hospice account ...

Collins played vital role in Apollo 11 moon landing

His name might not have been as familiar as his counterparts but Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who died Wednesday at the age of 90, was just as important to the first mission to land on the moon. While the world watched astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon back in ...

Lakefront property is expensive but city should buy

Mark Twain is credited with noting, approximately, Buy land, they re not making it anymore. Although it s not entirely clear in what context the esteemed author and humorist made the statement, it s hard to argue with its accuracy. The same must be said for waterfront property. When it ...

We need court cost reform

A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling that an Alpena County defendant must pay for the state‘s costs in administering his court case is now precedent. By publishing their opinion, the appellate justices said their ruling that Travis Johnson must pay $1,200 in court costs can be used as case ...

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Fall 2020 was a time of tragedy for Michigan’s road and bridge workers. In a matter of three months, five road workers had been struck and killed and three more injured in work zone crashes. As the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies around the state begin ...

Lockdowns come with high costs

We are pleased that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is not choosing to close down the state in response to the latest wave of the coronavirus  a response she s opted for during past surges. Shuttering large swaths of the economy is costly on many fronts, and has long-lasting impacts. A new report ...

We can help prevent child abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Established in 1983, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan has used this special time each year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to ...

Kiwanis say thank you for successful Home and Garden Show

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba Kiwanis Club: The Escanaba Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone involved with making the 2021 Home and Garden Show a success, especially our show sponsor, American Metal Roofs of Northern Wisconsin. We have a huge thank you for all of ...

Proposed legislation to restore judge position the right move

While 2020 was full of alarming numbers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year brought with it another dismal figure: felony filings in Marquette County more than doubled in less than 10 years, going from an annual average of 224 cases in 2011 to the 471 cases reported in 2020. This ...

Stand UP for kids during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Everyone in Michigan must Stand UP for kids to prevent child abuse and neglect. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation declaring April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in Michigan. The Children’s Trust Fund within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is ...

Autism Awareness Month

Autism spectrum disorder is the fastest growing developmental disability in the U.S., affecting more than five million people. To help Michiganders better understand autism and those who live with it, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joins the Michigan Departments of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), ...

Rev up U.S. automotive supply chains

Technology has become increasingly intertwined with the auto industry, as the recent semiconductor shortage has brought to light. The Detroit Three have had to halt production on numerous models for lack of chips. So a bipartisan coalition in Congress is trying to boost U.S. supply ...

MADD Michigan is supporting victims

For over 40 years, Mothers Against Drunk Driving has been working towards improving services to crime victims. MADD Michigan is dedicated to supporting victims, building trust, and engaging communities to help empower victims of impaired driving crashes. Victims of both drunk and drugged ...

Latest Michigan surge tests discipline, will of state residents

If the past 13 months have left you feeling like you’re living in the classic Bill Murray film, “Groundhog Day,” you’re not alone. But with the recent surge in our state, it’s definitely not time to let our guard down. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Want to own a piece of the Mackinac Bridge? Here’s your chance

Although we’re not at all certain who might be interested, a sale involving state property in the eastern Upper Peninsula is worth mentioning, if for no other reason, its unusual nature. According to officials with the Mackinac Bridge Authority, 12 sections of the original steel grating ...

Focus on vaccines; avoid shutdowns

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has the right instincts in response to the latest surge of COVID-19 in Michigan — go full speed on vaccinations and avoid another broad shutdown of the state. Michigan is in a baffling situation. It is among the nation leaders in new cases of the virus and is home to ...

Stop the threats

There are a plethora of ways to vent frustration with the ongoing disruptions we’re all living through because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For that matter, there are plenty of avenues to engage in civil disagreement over the administration of public health measures meant to curb the ...