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Editorial

Keep your Thanksgiving free of fire danger

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety by encouraging Michiganders to follow a few simple precautions when preparing their meal on Thanksgiving Day, the leading day for home cooking fires. Consumers who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved ...

Allow cell phones in Michigan courtrooms

The Michigan Supreme Court should embrace the 21st century and adopt a proposed amendment to court rules that would allow cell phones and other electronic devices in state courthouses. The court held a public hearing on the matter Wednesday. The proposal, submitted by the Michigan State ...

Annual Tackle Cancer was a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From Lauren Bishop: 2nd Annual Tackle Cancer update: On behalf of Escanaba Silver Linings, Escanaba Key Club, Bay College Circle K, and Gladstone Key Club, we would like to thank our sponsors and the community for helping us raise over $4,300 for the Delta ...

Click It or Ticket campaign concludes

With Michigan’s October Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign now complete, preliminary reports indicate law enforcement officers from 96 police departments, sheriff offices, and Michigan State Police posts in 36 counties conducted 7,227 traffic stops resulting in 2,108 seat belt and child ...

Real-life addressed in Vista production

Itís a topic that has come a long way in recent years but still has a long way to go: mental health. The Historic Vista Theater is hosting a musical about that subject, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner called “Next to Normal.” The productionís director, Leslie Parkkonen, shared this ...

University board secrecy undermines public trust

The current showdown among board members at Wayne State University has brought the problems surrounding these elected governing bodies into sharp focus. The secrecy many of them have embraced has contributed to a lack of confidence in Michiganís leading public academic institutions. That ...

DNR: Michigan tradition of deer hunting in decline

Upper Peninsula hunters are again treking into the woods and fields to seek a deer. Many will gather at camps at the end of the day to celebrate if successful or swap stories of the ones that got away, perhaps play cards and enjoy the general atmosphere and camaraderie that is a part of the gun ...

Dog park is welcome addition to community

This week’s bouquets go to: From Pamela Meleski of Escanaba: I would like to send a big thank you to the recreation board for our new dog park. If you are a dog owner you really should give it a try. Your dog will love you for it. The dogs frolic and play as the owners visit. I have ...

Coastal collaboration the natural way to be resilient

The Great Lakes One Water Partnership is a multi-year, basin-wide collaboration whose purpose is to limit the impact of extreme weather events and flooding in 31 coastal Great Lakes communities. Led by the Council of Michigan Foundations, the project aims to act as a “force multiplier” to ...

Absentee but extremely engaged

We checked the box to vote for no-reason absentee ballots when the question came up in 2018. We weren’t alone. Michigan voters screamingly affirmed the “Promote the Vote” Proposal 3 question two-to-one, putting same-day voter registration and other changes in motion. Tuesday’s ...

Wiping slate clean is right thing to do

Everybody makes mistakes, some bigger than others. People have the right to overcome their past transgressions and move on, hopefully in the right direction, with the smaller offenses playing less of a role in a person’s future. The Michigan House on Tuesday passed legislation that would ...

Don’t make shoveling a marathon event

The first big snow of the season could come at any time, and area residents will need to clear out their driveways and sidewalks. The American Heart Association warns that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, however, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling ...

Line 5 legal saga appears positioned to go on and on

We’d like to think that last week’s court decision affirming the legal package behind Canadian company Enbridge’s efforts to built a tunnel in the bedrock beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house controversial Line 5 would be the end of the legal wrangling surrounding the issue. That ...

Community was generous during food drive

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Michigan State Police Manistique Outpost: Staff at the Michigan State Police Manistique Outpost collected canned goods and non-perishable items for local food pantries throughout Schoolcraft County from Oct. 14 through Oct. 25 for the 2019 Harvest ...

Scary scores make case for charters

Democratic presidential candidates can’t stop talking about how terrible charter schools are, yet the latest crop of national test scores from traditional public school students ought to make them all school choice converts. That’s especially true when you look at how students are doing ...

Are you ready for a winter emergency?

With winter weather approaching, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority. “Winter is on it’s way and with cold weather comes health and safety concerns ...

Years after Nassar, secrecy remains an issue at Michigan State

The abrupt resignation last week of MSU trustee Nancy Schlichting is yet another troubling sign for a campus and community eager for transparency and healing as it relates to the university’s handling of Larry Nassar and other sexual assault allegations. Schlichting has a wealth of ...

Motorists reminded to be alert as clocks ‘fall back’

Since clocks “fell back” to standard time on Sunday, and it now gets dark one hour earlier, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists on the drive home. Research from the University of Michigan Transportation ...

Prepare to ‘fall back’ by checking home detectors

As we turn back the clocks Sunday, Nov. 3 for Daylight Saving Time and temperatures continue to fall, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. “As it gets colder, we start seeing more carbon ...

Readers can be citizen scientists from their laptops

Ever dream of being a scientist but don’t want to earn a Ph.D.? Or maybe you don’t look good in a long white lab coat with safety glasses? Now local residents can contribute to science and not have to defend a dissertation. Expected to launch in January on www.zooniverse.org, Yooper ...