Editorial

Drivers: move over and slow down, please

Michigan’s new “Emergency Vehicle Caution Law” — also known as the “Move Over Law” — took effect this month. Drivers now must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing any stopped emergency vehicle: ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks or wreckers. Anyone who ...

The wet blanket rule just won’t fit all sizes

Wanna start an uproar? Churn up the waters? Institute an alcohol ban on parts of some of Michigan’s prettiest, most popular paddling rivers. Backlash to the Huron-Manistee National Forest ban announced early this month was swift and sure, and within a week of the announcement, the rule ...

Thanks for making Escanaba’s forest trails a great place

This week’s bouquets go to: From Chris Williams of Escanaba: Thank you to all who have played a part in making the city of Escanaba forest trails what they are today. The trail system is fantastic. The new parking area is much better than the North 30th entrance and the new signs are very ...

New state mining legislation on the right track

Minerals extraction is among the bedrock ways Upper Peninsulans have made livings going back a century and much more. At one time, thousands of U.P. residents were employed in mining, either directly or indirectly. Working iron ore and copper mines dotted the landscape and unemployment ...

House GOP smart to keep focus bipartisan

Michigan House Republicans, led by Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, unveiled their Action Plan for the 100th Legislature Tuesday. It correctly prioritizes bipartisan issues such as civil asset forfeiture reform, fixing the roads and lowering car insurance for Michigan drivers. These are ...

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

During February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to learn and recognize the signs of dating violence. MDHHS also wants residents to understand the impact teen dating violence ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Key college aid deadline is near

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. Unfortunately, ...

Seek out qualified tax preparers

Michigan taxpayers should choose a qualified tax preparer to ensure their individual income tax returns are completed correctly and appropriately, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Under state law, taxpayers are responsible for the content within their tax returns and for any ...

Iron Mountain VA facility cited for doing great work

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were using this space to criticize the Department of Veteran Affairs for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals including but not ...

Only a bipartisan solution can solve education crisis

It’s 2019, and over 50 percent of Michigan third-graders can’t read at grade level. The state no doubt is experiencing a ‘crisis in education and skills’ - as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in Tuesday night’s State of the State address. But it’s not a new problem. Michigan ...

Make campaign finance violations sting

A group that actively campaigned for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten its hand slapped and must now pay a fine for its clear violations of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. That law exists for a reason, and the state must do more to ensure it’s getting enforced. Whitmer began her term by ...

Snow day waiver means cheating students

Snow days are great when you're a kid. It's an unexpected day off to go out and romp in the snow or stay in and watch hours of mindless television. It's an extra day to do your homework or study for a big test. For teachers, a snow day is probably a welcome break. But the mountain of snow ...

The need to support local businesses

The news that Shopko plans to close almost 70 percent of its locations nationwide — including full-size stores in Escanaba, Marquette and Houghton in the Upper Peninsula — was disappointing yet, sadly, not surprising. Big-box retailers have been hard-pressed to keep pace in an era when ...

Right to Life thanks supporters

This week’s bouquets go to: From Right to Life, Carol Carlson of Wells: Special thanks to each and every person who made a difference for life by supporting our annual January signature press ad appeal. Thanks also to those who took part in the March for Life in Washington D.C. and ...

Despite setbacks wolf program beneficial

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland where it had been captured only months ago. The female was among four wolves placed on the island in an ...

A step in the right direction

Momentum. Traction. Whatever you want to call it, there is movement on Michigan’s abysmal accountability practice when it comes to state government. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive last week at the Michigan Press Association meeting that: Requires state agencies to appoint ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

February is American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month and includes the celebration of Valentine’s Day. These national observances present a great opportunity to celebrate love and to focus on heart health. Staying active, eating healthy, and living a tobacco-free life help to keep the heart healthy. ...