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Editorial

Michigan State Police Drug Take-Back Day is October 26

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is asking residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 26, one of two annual events held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement ...

Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign starts

Autumn in Michigan includes tailgates and bonfires, along with Halloween parties. Officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police want to remind people to enjoy these activities and make safe driving choices this month as seat belt enforcement steps up across ...

Protect vulnerable in budget battle

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer erred in putting funding for some of the state’s most at-risk populations on the line in her budget negotiations with the Legislature. Holding funding hostage for citizens who need it most isn’t helpful, and Republican lawmakers are right in trying to fix those ...

Gilchrist swing through U.P. may be beneficial for local cities

What city doesn’t want to thrive? Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist has been visiting the Upper Peninsula this week as part of the 2019 Thriving Cities tour. Gilchrist, who visited Northern Michigan University as one of his stops on Monday, made the insightful comment that government, to be ...

Practice a home fire escape plan during Fire Prevention Month

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month to help emphasize this year’s National Fire Protection Association theme: “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape.” Recent statistics on fire fatalities in Michigan indicate that a majority of fire ...

Wonderful people in Delta County

This week’s bouquets go to: From Stella and Bruce Andrews: There are some wonderful people here. On Saturday, Sept. 28, my husband and I had been shopping at Walmart and Elmers and decided to stop at Subway for some lunch. As my husband Bruce was getting out of the car, he fell. A ...

Be aware motorists, deer are on the move

It’s autumn, which means deer are on the move. Does are getting close to mating. Bucks have scraped the velvet off their antlers and are setting up territory. Fawns born this year have grown enough to show some independence, straying from mom. It adds up to deer appearing more alongside ...

EGLE department transparency a clear and laudable goal

Transparency is a good thing, particularly if your recent track record isn’t all that spectacular. Liesl Clark, director of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, recently talked with The Mining Journal about the agency. EGLE, which used to be the Department of ...

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is seeking to educate citizens regarding domestic violence and the resources available to friends and family to help support victims. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one person ...

Lower your risk of liver cancer this month

Liver cancer is the sixth leading cause of cancer deaths in Michigan, and between 2008 and 2017, liver cancer mortality increased by 46 percent. To help raise awareness and promote early detection and prevention of liver cancer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is ...

Veteran says thanks to Honor Flight

This week’s bouquets go to: From William Maki: A letter of thank you to all who made the veterans Honor Flight a day to remember for all of us veterans who were honored to fly to Washington D.C. to visit all the memorials in remembrance of those who served and gave their lives for our ...

NMU handing out Naloxone kits very appropriate

Northern Michigan University officials are out front — appropriately, we believe — in action they took last week in the never-ending battle against opioid overdoses. Some 72 kits of Naloxone, a nasal spray that is used to reverse the effects of opioids, were handed out, courtesy of a ...

Public education budget a good place to start

Although it seemed to satisfy few, the budget underwriting state support for public schools was approved by the Michigan Legislature late last week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has complained the funding was insufficient to the needs districts face, is expected to sign the measure into ...

Congress should mass USMCA trade pact

Before Congress gets entangled in a battle over impeaching President Donald Trump, it should move to approve a new trade pact with Mexico and Canada. The window appears to be narrowing for getting anything productive done in Washington, but this is one piece of business that is essential to ...

Catching our equilibrium this fall

We Michiganders don’t need a calendar to tell us which season is upon us. We adopt a more flexible approach than the Lighthouses of Michigan calendar of 2019-2020 will allow. Several weeks ago, we felt the nip in the air, cursed airborne leaves and hankered for cider. Last week we ...

Annual Walk for Life a success

This week’s bouquets go to: Pregnancy Services of Delta County would like to thank the individuals, families, churches, and businesses who recently participated as Walkers or Sponsors during their 5th Annual Walk for Life. “We are so grateful that we live in a community that values life ...

Heating credit appreciated but sum is modest

It may not be a whole lot of money but a fair number of Michigan households — 288,000 to be exact — are in line to receive an out-of-the-blue payment from the state government this month. The money, $22 per household, will be paid to those which received Home Heating Credits in 2018, ...

GOP must focus on Michigan first

Republicans arrive on Mackinac Island to begin planning for what promises to be their toughest battle in decades: reclaiming the ground they lost in last year’s election, preserving their influence in Lansing and helping President Donald Trump repeat his unexpected 2016 win in ...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over a success

Law enforcement officers from 93 police departments, sheriff offices, and Michigan State Police (MSP) posts recently increased patrols across the state during the end-of-summer Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign Aug. 14–Sept. 2. Preliminary reports indicate officers made ...

Donors of all blood types are needed

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major blood groups. However, for patients with rare blood types or those who receive regular ...