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Editorial

Some things can’t wait until next year

Some things can wait, but not cancer screening and treatment. The past seven months have knocked nearly every routine in our world off balance or out of synch. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many parts of our lives on hold. Others hit pause, then resumed, but not at normal pace. But there ...

It’s time for statewide septic rules

It’s a pretty stomach-turning feeling when positive news highlights a widespread deficiency. That’s precisely the realization we confronted as our hands began to meet in applause for the fourth township in Leelanau County to choose to enact its own septic testing ordinance. Centerville ...

MDHHS promoting free mental wellness counseling

Mental health experts at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched a statewide campaign urging residents to seek relief from COVID-19-related emotional distress by talking to a trained crisis counselor and learning about other help available. The “Be Kind to Your ...

USW Strike for Hunger a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From USW Strike for Hunger: The USW Local 2-21 and Women of Steel would like to thank the community, Elmer’s County Market and Pat’s Foods for their generosity during the USW Strike for Hunger. Due to your generous giving we were able to raise $9,188 in ...

Vote safely during COVID-19 pandemic

To ensure Michigan voters remain healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the Nov. 3 general election, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has issed recommendations for voters, poll workers and election officials. “This guidance allows Michiganders to carry ...

Getting out the vote vital

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Drunk driver essays an interesting approach

The biggest crime involved in drunk driving is that, too often, it is not just the inebriated person behind the wheel who gets punished. Drunk drivers cause crashes. And those crashes too often have deadly consequences to innocent people unlucky enough to be on the same road at the same ...

A terror plot and the need for journalists

Sometimes, you come across small details that are unimportant to the crux of a story, but, when added to the greater kaleidoscope of history, help us see the world around us a little more clearly. Many such small details were uncovered last week, after the FBI and Michigan State Police ...

‘Clean Slate’ legislation needed to help people move forward

Truly rehabilitated people have a right to start over and begin a new life. Michigan will automatically expunge qualifying felonies after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills Monday in Detroit that supporters say will affect hundreds of thousands of people’s ability to work, the Associated ...

Support James in U.S. Senate race

There is no “cookie cutter” solution to any problem. What may be the right solution in some areas of Michigan are not necessarily right for all parts of the state. Since March, this has been painfully true in Michigan. During the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, cases in urban ...

Michigan Secretary of State Benson can’t write state gun laws

Michigan’s top elected officials have serious problems staying in their lanes. The state Supreme Court had to rebuke Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for setting aside the Legislature to take unilateral control of the state during the COVID-19 emergency. And now Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is ...

Flu vaccine, blood donation both help save lives

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients as the U.S. braces for flu season while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Flu shot doesn’t affect blood donation eligibility Medical experts are ...

Beware of scam package delivery texts

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently issued a consumer alert on text message scams to warn Michiganders to watch out for an uptick in these attempts to obtain personal information. Most recent complaints report that these texts appear from unfamiliar phone numbers pretending to be a ...

Enforcement effort is part of School Bus Safety Week

Law enforcement officers throughout Michigan will be ramping up patrols of motorists illegally passing school buses. Operation Safe Stop is part of national School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 19-23. In 2019, nearly 2,100 citations were issued to drivers for failing to stop for a school ...

Friendly hometown

This week’s bouquets go to: From Steven Thorin, Graham, Wash: Came home for class reunion and was pleasantly surprised how friendly the locals are. Esky citizens win the award of friendliest people on earth. I live in the fastest growing population in the USA (Seattle) since 1996 and what ...

‘Clean Slate’ bills aim to help people move forward

Truly rehabilitated people have a right to start over and begin a new life. Michigan will automatically expunge qualifying felonies after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills Monday in Detroit that supporters say will affect hundreds of thousands of people’s ability to work, the Associated ...

Beware of being caught in internet ‘phishing’ scams

For some, going fishing doesn’t require a pole, and the “net” is the internet. “Phishing” scams are on the rise. Tuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel drew attention to an urgent alert issued by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs that warns ...

‘Forever chemicals’ need to be addressed

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has sent a letter to Congressional leadership calling on Congressional committee leaders to protect service members, defense communities and the general public from PFAS, — or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — contamination associated with defense ...

Extremists take provocations seriously. So should we.

Last April, hours after Donald Trump exhorted his supporters to “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” from the lock-down Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had imposed to slow the spread of COVID-19, a former assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department’s national security division suggested that the ...

Compromise needed on aid package

Many sectors of the U.S. economy continue a slow but steady recovery from the COVID-19 slowdown. By the end of September, the unemployment rate had dropped to 7.9%, down from 8.4% in August. But as we and many others have warned, some businesses — and millions of their employees — ...