Editorial

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 ...

Social media being used to spread false tax rumors

It seems that every day more news arrives on how social media has been misused, often for nefarious purposes. What follows here is yet another example of this misuse. Michigan Treasury Department officials and local assessors report a surge in inquiries from residents who have read on social ...

‘Transparency’ legislation positive step but more needed

Legislation churning its way through the Senate right now, if enacted, would take a good step toward improving transparency of government here in the Great Lakes State, but still falls short of a complete home run. It’s a rare phenomenon that doesn’t tend to happen very often these days, ...

City on right path in pursuing facade grant

Although there are many ways a downtown in particular can improve its appearance, facades provide some of the most visible means to looking better, particularly to tourists. Residents already know what’s inside a building, but a business with an attractive outside is more likely to draw in ...

McBroom gets involved with important issues

It didn’t take Ed McBroom very long to get involved with substantive matters that are important, we believe, to many in the state, namely transparency in public bodies doing the public’s business with public dollars. McBroom is sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution E, which would open to the ...

Judges should stay off athletic court

Eastern Michigan University last year made some tough cuts to its athletic programs to meet the demands of a tight budget and declining enrollment. In return, the university got sued for a Title IX violation. Universities must follow federal law, but they also have an obligation to taxpayers ...

Helping kids in foster care possible through tax returns

Michigan residents have an opportunity to support young people in need and do it with only modest financial commitment. The Fostering Futures Scholarship Fund is tied to state income tax returns, according to a Michigan Department of Treasury poress release. Residents filing their Michigan ...

Potholes in the road meet holey pockets

Local ad seen recently: “3-bedroom, 2-bath for rent. Cheap, move in ready.” The photo? An area pothole. Ha, ha, groan. Any Michigander with a driver’s license grudgingly gets the joke, as potholes join the joyous spring rites we count on, like flooded basements and dandelions. But ...

Proposed funding cuts for Great Lakes should not stand

Since 2010, more than $2.4 billion of federal money has been allocated to support cleanup efforts and other projects in the Great Lakes region. Some people may question whether that investment was worth the return. We’ll respond by saying: without a doubt. The Great Lakes Restoration ...

Prevent poisonings in the home

Last year, the Michigan Regional Poison Control Center responded to more than 60,000 calls related to potential poisonings; 46 percent involving children under the age of six. To raise awareness of the dangers of potentially poisonous medicines and chemicals, the Michigan Department of Health ...

Mine isn’t ready to open just yet

Pump the brakes, you unemployed miners — at least for now. Last week’s headline that Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. isn’t ready to reopen the Empire Mine probably wasn’t the news folks wanted to hear, but there is some hope on the horizon. Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves made the announcement ...

Whitmer slumps back towards Lost Decade

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a step back toward Michigan’s Lost Decade in her first budget proposal, seeking to alter one of the key tax reforms that helped make the state competitive for jobs and investment. The governor proposes extending the 6 percent corporate income tax on most privately ...

Measles outbreak is both tragic and preventable

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that measles was eliminated in the U.S. This meant that there had been no continuous transmission of the disease in over 12 months within any region of our country. This was a remarkable achievement given that in the years ...

Watch out for pedestrians

With the recent change to daylight saving time, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers, and bicyclists. Sunrise occurs one hour later, meaning that it will be darker later in the morning. “Driving through school zones becomes ...

Isle Royale historic designation entirely appropriate

Isle Royale has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, something we suspect a great many people thought already had happened. The nomination covers not only the main island proper but more than 450-plus islands and surrounding waters in Northern Lake Superior. Isle Royale ...

Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign was a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign 2018: Escanaba Salvation Army has had another great year of support from our community. Our 2018 Christmas Campaign, the Red Kettle Campaign, wrapped up with a total of $89,223 donated by in our community. ...