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Editorial

Whitmer on right course in setting up energy panel

We’re not big fans of so-called blue-ribbon committees that, it seems, are very often established by big wheel politicians seeking to bury a nettlesome problem. These groups often produce findings and reports that few people read and even fewer care about — all at taxpayer’s ...

9/11 quilt project was moving event

This week’s bouquets go to: From Maureen Lapinski of Bark River: Escanaba recently had the opportunity to host the showing of the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Quilt Project. It was impressive how, when asked, people gave a positive response. Volunteers helped with the set-up and ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) suggested the following the safety tips: Power lines Always consider a power line to be energized even if it is on the ground. Do not touch a downed ...

Ethanol is a bad deal for consumers

The government shutdown that Trump says could last “a long time” without funding for a border wall may hurt farmers by delaying the administration’s ability to steer through the approval for year-round sales of a 15 percent ethanol blend for gasoline before the summer begins. That’s up ...

Insurance overhaul will help consumers

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Leave fawns where they lay

It’s the annual time to remind residents of the region to leave the fawns they might find alone. The first week of June usually is near peak for fawns to be born in the Upper Peninsula. Like most prey species, deer tend to give birth at about the same time, a natural strategy that means ...

Shrine Circuses brought joy to area

This week’s bouquets go to: From Christine Bergquist of Bark River: Belated but sincere thanks to the Shriners and all the businesses who helped sponsor the Shrine Circuses that were in our local areas recently. It takes a lot of caring businesses and individuals to bring the magic of ...

Father’s Day a great day to quit smoking

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

Young people should pursue teaching

A story that we ran in Tuesday, May 21’s Mining Journal out of Lansing said only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend the job. On Sunday in The Mining Journal, Bryan DeAugustine, NICE Community Schools superintendent, wrote an op-ed in defense of a career in education. We agree with ...

Don’t forget pets when preparing for an emergency

In honor of National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or ...

Anxious to see what new DNR office means

In Wednesday’s edition came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth ...

Goodbye to legends

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Recently millions of Americans were saddened to discover that we had lost two movie, TV and stage legends, Doris Day at 97 and Tim Conway at 85. Doris Day, back in the 50s and 60s, was every boy’s dream girl who lit up ...

Schools must report bullying, it’s Michigan law and common-sense

Laws are not optional. If they were, they’d be called guidelines. Yet a Lansing State Journal investigation showed the majority of mid-Michigan school districts are not following Matt’s Law, which requires all Michigan school districts to investigate reports of bullying and inform school ...

Wait for new Roe ruling before deciding abortion

Even before one fight to restrict abortion in Michigan has been resolved, activists are pushing another, more severe limit that clearly runs afoul of the guidelines of the Roe v. Wade decision. Last week, the Michigan House and Senate passed separate bills to outlaw a procedure commonly used ...

Stay safe around water this summer

In 2017, there were 116 drownings in Michigan, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging residents to observe water safety practices around pools, lakes and spas this summer. May is National Water Safety Month, an observance designed to remind Michiganders to ...

Abrahamson made improvements possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dan Block: Spring has finally arrived at Lemerand Park in Escanaba, home of the 2018 softball State Champion Escanaba Eskymos (MHSAA Division 2). During the afternoons and evenings of this time of year, you’re likely to find the Eskymos playing against ...

Spaceport at Sawyer airport seems like good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Lansing take note, parents want better schools

Michigan faces competing challenges that deserve lawmakers’ attention, from fixing the roads to reducing outrageous auto insurance rates. Parents in the state believe that improving schools is even more important, however, and that should serve as a wake-up call to elected leaders. A poll ...

Be safe on the water this summer

With school almost over, the weather warming up and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many will begin enjoying Michigan’s more than 11,000 inland lakes and over 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24. The Michigan ...

Chambers take sensible approach with unified advocacy effort

For communities to grow economically, resources such as attainable housing and accessible child care oftentimes must be in place. And while these needs may not touch as many individual lives in Northern Michigan as in the state’s more densely populated areas, getting the resources in place ...