Opinion

Flags raise awareness of need for foster families

Editorial

Blue and white lawn flags will dot Michigan’s landscape this month to demonstrate the need for loving foster homes for children. Michigan has approximately 13,500 children in foster care. Children of all ages who have been victims of abuse and neglect need temporary foster homes to care for ...

The danger of dabbling in protectionism

Local columns

WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The House and Senate each passed their own separate auto insurance reform bills this week, with many provisions in common. This report summarizes key features and differences of these complex proposals. Senate Bill 1, Senate version, no-fault auto insurance reform: Passed 24 to 14 in the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2019. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter’s Square by Turkish ...

Group makes Salmon in the Classroom possible

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: The Rapid River School fifth and eighth grade classes released their Chinook salmon into the Whitefish River Wednesday. The salmon were raised at the school as a part of the Salmon in the Classroom Project. Our sponsors, Mark Peloza and Mike Verhamme, on behalf of ...

It’s too expensive to live here

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: At least we in-a-fix/fixed income senior had a chance to vote on Tuesday. We weren’t even asked about the 45 percent water rate increase. Couldn’t it be incremental or funded by a grant? Then, were told that the mall sewer ownership has cost for Esky. The Dial Corp. has a ...

School board position on mascots

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On March 8, 2019, Professor Mark Blaauw-Hara, PhD, from North Central College, authored a Letter to the Editor to the Escanaba School Board titled “Escanaba’s School Mascot.” Within it, he states, “I’d like to suggest that you read an excellent analysis of Mo in particular, ...

Independent journalists

Local columns

NEW YORK — “I’m not going to let them bully me out of reporting,” said Tim Pool after recording an Antifa protest where angry activists cursed at him. There might have been violence, but Antifa’s “de-escalation team” protected him, he says. That surprised me. “Antifa has a ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2019. There are 235 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa’s first black president. On this ...

Problem-solvers, not politicians

Editorial

A collective sigh of relief was heaved Thursday by Michigan’s parents, teachers, school administrators, summer camp directors and staff, child care providers and ... anyone who has anything to do with school-age kids, whether they be your grandchildren or the host of high school kids you hire ...

A uniquely American story

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given ...

A solution to college debt

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in such professions. The Wall ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 10, the 130th day of 2019. There are 235 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela took the oath of office in Pretoria to become South Africa’s first black president. On this ...

Infrastructure spending a raw deal for Michigan

Editorial

There’s no doubt America’s infrastructure is in sorry shape and in need of massive investment. Just look at Michigan’s pock-marked roads and rusting bridges as an example. But the deal sketched out by Democratic congressional leaders and President Donald Trump this week is not the ...

Is outrage really this dead?

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Years after Watergate, President Nixon astonished the world when he told interviewer David Frost that “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” The idea is ludicrous, right? If true, that would mean we live in a kingdom not a democracy. At the time, ...

Remembering the pioneers

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 9, the 129th day of 2019. There are 236 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 9, 1980, 35 people were killed when a freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay in Florida, causing a ...

May is Electrical Safety Month

Editorial

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared May as Electrical Safety Month to emphasize that plugging into prevention is everyone’s responsibility to avoid electrical fire, injury or electrocution. Citizens are urged to practice electrical safety and be aware of potential home electrical hazards ...

Water rate hike would hurt many

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’ve been following the debate about proposed water rate increase for Escanaba. Make no mistake, this will hurt many who are low to moderate income individuals and families. Also, there was a comment made by some of the city officials indicating that there is assistance available to ...

Let Venezuela decide its own destiny

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “Who would be free themselves must strike the blow... “By their right arms the conquest must be wrought.” So wrote Lord Byron of Greece’s war of independence against the Turks, though the famed British poet would ignore his own counsel and die just days after ...