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Editorial

Benson should speed up branch wait times

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson campaigned on a promise that the wait in line at Secretary of State branch offices would be no longer than 30 minutes, and she had a slate of good ideas to make it happen. Now, in her eighth month in office, wait times are consistently worse than ...

Caution on the roads this Labor Day

The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the most traveled weekends during the summer - third behind Independence Day and Memorial Day. This year, as gas prices continue to drop, millions of motorists will hit the roads for the holiday weekend. As drivers set out on that last road trip of the ...

State urges children get vaccinated before going back to school

Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pencils and pens, check. What about vaccinations before going back into that virus-swapping arena called school? As the start of classes approaches, Michigan health officials have urged families to make sure children are up-to-date on all ...

Summer reading program was huge success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone School and Public Library: The Gladstone School and Public Library would like to give a big thank you to all of the area businesses, the Friends of the Gladstone Library and public patrons who helped make our summer reading program a huge ...

State initiative for international skiing in UP a great idea

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other high-ranking folks in the sports world and business communities gathered Wednesday at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming to announce a major push to bring international skiing competitions back to Michigan, specifically the Upper ...

Don’t travel without an emergency kit

With Michigan residents and visitors traveling this summer and upcoming Labor Day holiday, the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging motorists to place an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicles. “Emergency planning is too often overlooked ...

Study suggest carp would do well in Lake Michigan

If anyone among us thought the fight to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes was all but won, a new report just out in recent days should put a stop to those thoughts. The University of Michigan research paper found that the species would likely flourish if it ever made it to Lake ...

Protect election integrity in driver’s license debate

Michigan officials are considering whether to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, and while there may be valid safety reasons for doing so, the state must also ensure the integrity of its voter rolls. State Sen. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, is proposing a bill that would give ...

Don’t ignore violence

As we mourn the tragedy of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, we should not ignore the violence taking place on a daily basis in our cities, including Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Sunday ordered that the Michigan and U.S. flags on the Capitol buildings be flown at half-staff to ...

Many hands made book sale a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta County League of Women Voters: The Delta County League of Women Voters would like to offer a huge thank you to all who helped to make our recent used book sale a big success. We appreciate the Daily Press offering storage space for our books and ...

Garden aficionados worthy of state recognition

First impressions can be deceiving, but they also can be revealing. Visitors traveling from the east into the city of Marquette didn’t used to have the sights they do now, which in the summer are masses of flower blooms. They are a result of Petunia Pandemonium, spearheaded by the ...

August is Child Support Month in Michigan

To recognize the tireless efforts of the child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners that support Michigan children and families, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August 2019 as Child Support Month in Michigan. The Michigan Child Support ...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins

During the 2019 Labor Day holiday weekend, police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are encouraging motorists to celebrate the end of summer safely and make smart driving decisions. Law enforcement will continue to show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving ...

Negaunee man honored as UP Veteran of the Year

Bernie Stanaway Jr., the current commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3165 in Negaunee, has been named 2019’s Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year, and we believe there are few candidates more worthy of this recognition than him. When Stanaway joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1992, ...

Volunteers and business makes mark in community

This week’s bouquets go to: From: The Gail Hardwick Memorial Golf Fundraiser: A huge bouquet sent out to all the surrounding communities for their support of The Gail Hardwick Memorial Golf Fundraiser. We would also like to send a great big thank you to all of the businesses and ...

Don’t ‘borrow’ trouble to pay for higher education

Student loans, and as a general proposition, student debt, has been in the news recently. Indeed, most Democratic candidates have included a discussion on student loaning and the accumulated debt in their individual speeches. As a part of a public information campaign, the Michigan Department ...

New MSU president must do four things

Michigan State University welcomes its new chief executive, Dr. Samuel Stanley, Jr. He’ll be the newest in a long line of leaders who’ve helped to elevate MSU from its agricultural roots as one of the nation’s first land-grant universities into one of the world’s top research ...

New directive may not put Michigan jobs first

This week Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued another executive directive dictating what kinds of companies the state can do business with, and while she wants to boost Michigan jobs, using state contracts to do so could have unintended consequences. This is Whitmer’s 15th directive this year. It ...

Make careful decisions on college loans

As students prepare for the upcoming fall semester and start paying their college tuition bills, the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Team is asking students and their families to be alert and informed when considering student loans. “Michigan students and families cover a ...

Criminal record expungement can mean a great deal

Bravo to the Michigan Bar Association and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for taking on what we suspect will become a rather substantial effort to expunge the records of people convicted of petty offenses which now are standing in the way of them getting loans, jobs and entrance ...