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Editorial

Company helps school welding programs

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta Schoolcraft ISD: The Delta Schoolcraft ISD would like to thank Aldridge Electric for their generous donation to both Manistique and Escanaba welding programs of a variety of power tools, grinding wheels, personal protection equipment, and welding ...

Fixing PFAS notification process isn’t debatable

Analysis paralysis seems to have its grip on state environmental policymakers. And the inaction places more Michiganders’ health in danger. Two weeks have passed since the Record-Eagle turned a spotlight toward state and local officials’ failure to place the health of East Bay Township ...

Springtime brings fire danger

Spring brings fire danger; be careful when burning near dry grass, brush or leaves The ground may look damp and muddy, but grass and brush are dry in spring even if the ground is wet. That means fire can spread fast. “Everybody wants to get out and clean up their yard, but it’s ...

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) are the leading causes of injury-related death and disability in the United States, and 155 people die every day on average. As a result, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proclaiming March 2021 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” to promote ...

Free Michigan from autocratic rule

Michigan’s official state of emergency ended in October when the state Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional because Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended it several times without the approval of the Legislature. But has anyone noticed? Instead of going to lawmakers and making a case for ...

Conservation Officer Appreciation Day

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed today — Monday, March 15 — as Conservation Officer Appreciation Day. Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are sworn law enforcement officers through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards who protect Michigan’s ...

Pandemic has touched everyone, changed much in past 12 months

Today, March 11, officially marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. And when that inauspicious declaration was made, few people knew exactly what it would mean, or what we could expect in the weeks and months to come. This milestone marks a very ...

Students, schools, teachers need clarity on tests

We, like many parents and educators, have our doubts about the value of standardized tests. But we have no doubt about the importance of clarity and consistency to teachers, parents, school administrators, and students. School life can be stressful enough for everyone involved, and any ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for hush money

Apparently silence isn’t priceless. In fact, it costs a few hundred thousand taxpayer dollars and some billable hours from state-funded lawyers. Or so we learned this week as news broke of cushy separation agreements brokered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmerís administration in an effort to help ...

Michigan should scrap one-man grand juries

Expediency should never get in the way of justice. Yet that was the justification Attorney General Dana Nesselís office offered in explaining why it chose the archaic one-man jury to bring charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and eight members of his administration. Nessel and Special ...

Bergman on right track in joining bipartisan group

Some weeks ago, the office of U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, announced the retired U.S. Marine Corps general had joined a bipartisan group dedicated to, among other things, creating a more efficient and better-working government in support of military members and their families. Under ...

Corrections officers deserve our respect

Some jobs are easier than others. One job that’s definitely in the “others” category is a prison corrections officer. Consider that a CO has to deal with a population that’s probably not the easiest and most cooperative, and is one that requires a constant amount of diligence and ...

Whitmer needs to consider restaurants proposal

We ll begin with this statement: We do not believe you can negotiate with a virus. Unlike most any other public policy issue, COVID-19 cares nothing for our political compromise or bipartisanship, and only science can tell us what will truly keep us safe. That said, one major weakness in the ...

Measuring up to the new normal

One of the key priorities of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is to monitor weights and measures devices being used by retailers to ensure a fair playing field. This year, MDARD is celebrating March 1-7, 2021 as Weights and Measures Week in Michigan. These ...

Energy emergency shows value of Line 5

Michigan doesn t have a propane shortage, despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer s declaration of an energy emergency over the weekend. But it risks having one if the governor gets her way on shutting down the Line 5 petroleum pipeline. Whitmer, a spokesperson explained, joined 34 other states in ...

Pat on the back for the health department

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jack Lockwood of Gladstone: The Delta-Menominee Health Department and the folks working at the COVID clinic deserve a big pat on the back. We have visited twice for our vaccinations and were impressed with the organization and efficiency of the operation. ...

State Games a chance to showcase area

In 2016, Marquette was recognized for its deep love of winter sports when it was selected as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA. It didn’t take long for Marquette to be recognized once again, as it has been selected as a host site for the 2022 Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter ...

COVID-19 milestone a national tragedy that continues to unfold

Some milestones are great, some are not so great. The milestone reached earlier this week — the 500,000 fatality total due to COVID-19 in the U.S. — is beyond not so great. It’s terrible, depressing, unthinkable — the adjectives go on, and they’re all negative. Other countries ...

Zero can be a good thing, if it refers to COVID-19 cases

Not too many people need to be told that 2020 was a less-than-stellar year on many fronts, but with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, COVID-19 still being in full swing and extremely cold weather in many parts of the country, including the Upper Peninsula, 2021 is posing its challenges ...

Lockdown job losses disparately impact working poor

Michigan’s lockdown measures have resulted in devastating job losses for the hospitality and leisure industries, even as other industries less affected by COVID-19 restrictions saw employment gains. These businesses were harmed by no fault of their own and deserve extra help from the ...