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Helping youth stay tobacco-free

August 31, 2016 According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11.8 percent of Michigan high school students currently smoke cigarettes, 6.9 percent use smokeless tobacco, and 10.7 percent currently smoked cigars. more »»

Obamacare comes with high price tag

August 29, 2016 Obamacare would cost far more than the White House was claiming, we cautioned when the federal health insurance takeover was being debated. more »»

Helpers give seniors a good time at the fair

August 27, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From the Christian Park Center: Christian Park Center would like to thank everyone who helped get the residents to the fair. more »»

Documentary on dark store issue recommended

August 25, 2016 Few issues have riveted local attention in recent years like the dark store issue, where certain businesses lead by big box retailers had its property taxes significantly due to a so-called loophole... more »»

Drive sober or get pulled over

August 24, 2016 Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are hoping the designated driver gets your vote this election season as stepped up drunk driving... more »»

Drop appeal; Michigan likes straight ticket vote

August 23, 2016 In March, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette was in town reading to elementary school children for March is Reading Month. more »»

Bird treaty was significant policy

August 22, 2016 A noteworthy event was celebrated last week: the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty. more »»

Businesses reach out to help animal shelter

August 20, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: The Delta Animal Shelter would like to thank Dave and Susie Anthony of Northern Sun Winery for hosting an event and donating the money to the shelter. more »»

Child support option a good idea

August 18, 2016 At first blush, the idea of deadbeat dads — or moms — hanging out at the Family Dollar store to get caught up on their obligations to their children seems absurd. more »»

Protect kids against exposure to lead

August 17, 2016 Michigan has begun to see an increase in the percent of children under age 6 with an elevated blood lead level (EBLL) from April through June 2016. more »»

Time to address looming electricity shortage

August 16, 2016 The writing is on the wall for Michigan’s energy future and the picture isn’t pretty for consumers whose paychecks will shoulder bigger utility burdens. more »»

Esky All-Star Major players say thank you

August 13, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba All-Star Major softball players: The Escanaba All-Star Major softball players and their families would like to thank the community members and... more »»

Enbridge violation should be viewed as serious matter

August 12, 2016 Whether they’re used as a shipping route to transport our natural resources or as a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, the Great Lakes are central to our way of life here in Michigan. more »»

Teachers should help pay for benefits

August 11, 2016 Gov. Rick Snyder has made shoring up public employee pension plans a top priority of his administration. But he’s getting little thanks from the workers whose retirement benefits are on the lin. more »»

Michigan lags in quest to make voting easier

August 10, 2016 The anemic turnout in Tuesday’s primary election is a reminder that Michigan maintains some of the country’s most restrictive voting laws. more »»

Respect parents in LGBT policy

August 9, 2016 Michigan’s top education officials are still ironing out a policy that would direct public schools in how to accommodate gay and transgender students. more »»

Be aware of phishing scams

August 8, 2016 Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette recently issued a consumer alert after several Michigan businesses reported receiving a suspicious email from “The Office of The Attorney General. more »»

Hard work made disc golf tourney possible

August 6, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From Mary Harris: Bouquets to Jon Harris and the Noc Bay Flyers Disc Golf Club and volunteers for all their hard work and dedication for hosting a first class disc golf... more »»

A day to honor our combat wounded, fallen heroes

August 5, 2016 Each year on Aug. 7, the nation pauses to remember and pay homage to the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. more »»



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