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Editorial

State suggests choosing a real Christmas tree

Got that Christmas tree yet? State officials are making the case for going evergreen. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed December as Michigan Christmas Tree Month, recognizing the economic, environmental and social benefits of the Christmas tree industry to the state’s farms and ...

Housing needed, no surprises there

We wished we were shocked. Unfortunately, we found ourselves nodding as we read yesterday’s results of the Networks Northwest and Housing North survey. We need 4,660 new houses for people to buy in 2020? That sounds right. An additional 10,880 rental housing units? Yep, still ...

Who’s in charge?

EDITOR: Way back in the Garden, there was only one rule, only one thing not to do — stay away from that tree — enjoy the rest. Well, we know the outcome. We, mankind, thought we could handle life better, on our terms. That original “don’t touch” soon became the Ten Commandments and ...

Beware of scams seeking fraudulent utility payments

The heating season has arrived, along with more hours of darkness as winter approaches. So, too, have schemes aimed at cheating residents over utility bills at a time they might most need to keep services going — and might be more challenged to pay. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and ...

Beware of scams seeking fraudulent utility payments

The heating season has arrived, along with more hours of darkness as winter approaches. So, too, have schemes aimed at cheating residents over utility bills at a time they might most need to keep services going — and might be more challenged to pay. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and ...

Printing plant crew overcame obstacles

This week’s bouquets go to: Did you enjoy your paper this week? Thank the men and women of Powers Printing for that. Powers Printing — as the name indicates — is located in Powers. It is the printing plant that prints the Daily Press six days a week. It also prints numerous other ...

It’s not too late to get flu vaccine before the holidays

The week of Dec. 1 is National Influenza Vaccination Week and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michigan residents that it’s not too late to get vaccinated. “The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your families against flu,” said ...

Take precautions when shoveling snow

With Michigan’s snow shoveling season upon us, the Michigan Primary Care Consortium is offering guidelines to avoid personal injury or a serious health care consequence. Of special concerns are individuals facing chronic back challenges, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, ...

Ranked-choice voting fails to boost diversity

Earlier this month, the city of Eastpointe in Macomb County held Michigan’s first ever ranked-choice election to select two City Council seats. This measure was complex, ineffective and unnecessary. The new election method, in which voters are required to rank all candidates on their ballot ...

No shortage of local talent

This week’s bouquets go to: From Janet Lindstrom of Escanaba: I would like to thank Bay College and all the people that were involved in the Wizard of Oz for giving our community a wonderful performance that was so professional and well done from the actors, music, community effort I know ...

Beware of scams, online shopping schemes

Black Friday is the single busiest shopping day of the year. Some retailers even offer “doorbusters” that begin shortly after Thanksgiving dinner. Undeterred by the lines and crowds, millions of consumers get excited to nab unbeatable deals on the hottest new toys and popular ...

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 ...