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State should fix tax code to attract IT jobs

December 2, 2015 The $5 billion data center proposed for the Grand Rapids area gives Michigan another opportunity to make its tax policy competitive for attracting jobs and investment. more »»

Optional kindergarten is an outdated idea

December 1, 2015 That 5-year-olds aren’t required to attend kindergarten in Michigan was surprising enough. Even more surprising is that kindergarten is optional for school districts in a handful of states. more »»

Crime doesn’t take a holiday

November 30, 2015 The holidays, a time for cheer, hope and joy, are here, but with them can come an increase in crime. more »»

We are at war with an ideology

November 27, 2015 One reason Americans should be upset our president refuses to acknowledge the phenomenon of Islamic terrorism is that may result in dangerous complacenc. more »»

Room for balance on dark stores tax issue

November 25, 2015 Local governments across Michigan say they are losing millions of dollars in taxes and facing cuts in services because big box retailers such as Target and Home Depot are arguing a “dark store”... more »»

Help your fellow hunter, follow the law

November 24, 2015 Nov. 15, marked the opening of firearms deer-hunting season across Michiga. more »»

Days numbered for county gun boards

November 23, 2015 Changes that standardize how a concealed pistol license (CPL) is issued or renewed in Michigan take on effect Dec. more »»

Police give back to community

November 21, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Helen LaPlant of Gladstone: I am the very proud mother of an Escanaba Public Safety officer. more »»

Intelligence now a top priority

November 20, 2015 Are U.S. intelligence agencies any better at connecting the dots regarding Islamic terrorists than they were before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America? Let us hope so. more »»

We must unite to destroy Islamic terrorism

November 19, 2015 French President Francois Hollande is absolutely correct: Civilized nations, even those with long, sometimes bitter records of rivalry, must unite if we are to destroy Islamic terroris. more »»

Michigan growing, but not fast enough

November 18, 2015 Michigan has regained 400,000 jobs over the past five years, roughly half what was lost during the Lost Decade at the start of this century. more »»

State Legislature, heal thyself

November 17, 2015 Since convening 10 months ago, the current Michigan Legislature has cracked down on local minimum wage requirements, authorized commercial quadricycles to serve alcohol, and even addressed (however... more »»

No better time to quit smoking

November 16, 2015 Thursday is the perfect day for Delta County residents to quit smoking. more »»

Program was an honor to veterans

November 14, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Robert Farrell of Escanaba: Attended the Veterans Day Commemoration at the Gladstone High School Nov. 1. more »»

Lawmakers fail those who deserve civil rights

November 13, 2015 It’s a conundrum: Same-sex couples can now get married in Michigan, but only at the risk that prospective employers or landlords will punish them for exercising that hard-won right — or even for... more »»

Reminders for deer season

November 12, 2015 This Sunday, Nov. 15, tens of thousands of Michigan residents and nonresidents will take to the fields and forests to enjoy deer hunting. more »»

Bill restores fairness to tax assessing

November 11, 2015 How much are your teeth worth to you? How much would they be worth to the random stranger idling next to you on Pine Grove Avenue waiting for the signal to turn green? Weird question; let’s try a... more »»

Road deal not great but good enough

November 10, 2015 The road bill passed by the Legislature this week is the least possible deal they could have crafted, but at least, after four years of struggle, they finally found a majorit. more »»

Show them where the ‘off’ button is

November 9, 2015 Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of “the boob tube” that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern. more »»

Criminal history info needed on job applications

November 7, 2015 America has been a land of second chances for many people. For that reason, President Barack Obama’s call for better efforts to integrate ex-convicts into society probably will resonate among many. more »»



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