Editorial

The drawback of lame duck sessions

When one works at an unreasonably rapid pace, the quality of the results can sometimes suffer — and the Michigan legislation which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority looks to offer an example of this. The corridor authority was established to provide oversight for a new utility ...

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning in 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has used this special time each year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its’ ...

Protect children from heatstroke

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Michigan Department of State are working to raise awareness about the dangers of heatstroke and offering ways to prevent such tragedies. The State of Michigan has ...

Choral society gave wonderful concert

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Many thanks to the Bay de Noc Choral Society for its wonderful concert on Palm Sunday. A large audience enjoyed a collection of Easter/Palm Sunday/Lenten music accompanied by piano, organ, brass, hand bells and ...

Program helps women develop outdoor skills

A long-standing Michigan Department of Natural Resources program, which has a decidedly female focus, deserves recognition, even as organizers start planning for the summer session. It’s known as Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and for the past 22 years, it’s exposed women 18 and older to a ...

NWS sessions educate public about severe weather in U.P.

The National Weather Service needs you. Even the delayed spring of the North Woods still has the potential for severe thunderstorms, heavy rains and other hazards going into summer. For evidence, ask Houghton and Keweenaw area residents about last Father’s Day. So in late April and into ...

AG is right to stop LGBTQ discrimination in state-funded adoptions

Michigan will no longer spend taxpayer dollars to fund adoption agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ parents. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the change in policy last month as part of the settlement to a lawsuit initiated in 2017 by two same sex couples, one from Lansing and one ...

Green burials a good alternative

Green burials have been given the green light for Park Cemetery. The Marquette City Commission on Monday OK’d an updated version of the rules and regulations at the cemetery, and this includes allowing green burials and mausoleums. At Park Cemetery, an area for green burials will be ...

Many hands made Kiwanis event a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From Estelle Smyth and Pat Rudden: The Escanaba Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2019 Home and Garden Show and Pancake Days an excellent success, especially our show sponsor, American Metal Roofs of Northern Wisconsin. Thanks also ...

‘Two for two’ benefits all who value our lakes

Another car ride, more good news for the Great Lakes. Last week, President Donald Trump told a roaringly appreciative crowd that he will restore a 90 percent slash to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which dropped from $300 million to $30 million. He announced the breaking news after ...

Distracted Driving Awareness Month puts motorists on alert

Michigan saw a 57 percent increase in distracted driving crashes and a 67 percent increase in fatalities from those crashes from 2016 to 2017, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC). That’s why law enforcement agencies around the state are ...

Residents urged to increase physical activity, healthy eating

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently released the 2019 Guidelines on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for ...

Great Lakes money back in Trump budget

We’re pleased President Donald Trump backed off a proposal to cut funding for Great Lakes cleanup and support by 90 percent. At a rally last week in Grands Rapids, Trump announced that the program’s $300 million annual cost, cut from his fiscal year 2019-20 budget in its original form, ...

AARP tax preparers helped many people

This week’s bouquets go to: Many thanks to the AARP (American Association of Retired People) representatives Hal, Sheldon, Shirley, Betty, Becky and Cathy for helping hundreds of local people prepare and file their state and federal taxes again this winter. For many tax seasons now, AARP ...

Even a minor distraction can be a danger for drivers

We’ve all been warned about the dangers of distracted driving. So after perhaps a glance and verbal response to the latest text or maybe telling Siri to find a different song, eyes for the most part are fixed on what’s ahead and both hands still on the wheel. Really, it was just a momentary ...

Push for openness at all levels

There’s a lot of headline hubbub these days about public information. We talk of “releasing” information like unleashing a caged, wild thing. The facts being a Kraken that could be used to destroy your enemies — but also crush everything else in an uncontrollable frenzy. Public ...

Cambensy, Benson trying to improve trust in government

We like the motivation driving a pair of state officials who hosted a town hall meeting in the Peter White Public Library in Marquette — transparency in government and the improved trust in government that transparency will engender. State Rep. Sara Cambensy and Secretary of State Jocelyn ...

Nessel oversteps authority in axing laws

Dana Nessel has wasted no time in her first few months in office throwing out or undermining laws she doesn’t like. But she’s the attorney general, not the Legislature, and she is abusing her authority. The three distinct branches of government exist for a reason, and as part of the ...

Individuals eligible for Homestead Property Tax Credit

Individuals with a household income of $60,000 or less a year may be eligible for a Homestead Property Tax Credit, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Michigan’s Homestead Property Tax Credit can help taxpayers if they are a qualified homeowner or renter and meet certain ...

Community comes through to help family

This week’s bouquets go to: From the family of Abram Johnson: The family of Abram Johnson is very thankful for this wonderful community. Abram Johnson, age 1 year, was diagnosed with brain cancer in September of 2018. His treatment requires constant traveling from the U.P. to Ann Arbor ...