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Fines in bilge discharge should have been higher

July 14, 2016 We applaud the recent leveling of a hefty fine in connection to a German-based cargo ship dumping oily bilge water into the Great Lakes — and only regret the sanction wasn’t much higher. more »»

Prohibit guns on drones, protect privacy

July 13, 2016 Flying guns might not be something you worried about on the way to work today, but lawmakers have introduced a bill in the Michigan House to make sure you never have to. more »»

Volkswagen, Flint speak to regulatory deficiencies

July 12, 2016 The Flint water crisis and the Volkswagen emissions scandal point pretty clearly to the dangers of one dynamic: the rhetorical broadsides against the government regulatory community, and the rush to... more »»

Do not spread invasive species

July 11, 2016 It was a glorious Independence Day weekend in the Upper Peninsula, with scores of people taking to the region’s waterways. more »»

Yooper comes to the rescue

July 9, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From Bob and Helen J Ward of Kewaunee, Wis.: On Sunday, June 26, 2016, our car began to overheat while driving home to Kewaunee, Wis., from St. Ignace, Mich. more »»

State should close dying districts

July 8, 2016 All eyes have been on Detroit Public Schools and its glaring debt problems. more »»

Young people, make votes count

July 7, 2016 Why should young people vote? Does it really matter? The answers to these questions came with great stakes when Great Britain voted June 23 to leave the European Union, a decision dubbed ‘Brexit. more »»

Arctic grayling faces a big upriver challenge

July 6, 2016 Mankind wielded all three prongs of the spear that killed Michigan’s arctic grayling — we caught too many, we damaged their watery home and we imported invasive species to compete with them. more »»

Proactive stance on potential oil spill a good idea

July 5, 2016 Mention the word “Enbridge” and you might be met with a look of consternation. more »»

The fight for Flint continues

July 4, 2016 The effort to find those responsible for Flint’s water woes continues. more »»

Donations support Project Graduation

July 2, 2016 This week’s bouquets go to: From Escanaba High School’s Project Graduation Committee: Escanaba High School’s Project Graduation Committee would like to extend a gracious thank you to all the... more »»

Be prepared this holiday weekend

July 1, 2016 With Michigan residents and visitors traveling to far away destinations for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division... more »»

It’s not just Detroit schools that are in trouble

June 30, 2016 There’s that old quip, about what it takes to save yourself from a pack of pursuing wolves — you don’t have to run the fastest, just faster than the guy running beside yo. more »»

Kalamazoo bikers must not be forgotten

June 28, 2016 After an erratic pickup driver killed five Kalamazoo area bicycle riders last week, Michigan lawmakers introduced bills to make it a crime to bicyclists. Timing is everything. State Sens. more »»

A big idea for Hillary

June 28, 2016 BERKELEY — If Donald Trump continues to implode, Hillary Clinton will win simply by being the presidential candidate who isn’t Trump. more »»

Slight cracks in gun-rights’ grip on Congress

June 28, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after the Orlando shooting slaughter, no one expects Congress to dramatically tighten firearms curbs. more »»


June 28, 2016 Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 28, the 180th day of 2016. There are 186 days left in the year. more »»

Victims deserve transparency

June 27, 2016 Agencies that work with victims of sexual assault should have a singular mission: provide support and services these victims need. more »»

Republicans: Save your party

June 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — “There’s an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and it is still sewage. more »»

Character no longer counts

June 27, 2016 WASHINGTON — Ranking right up there with the line, “Other than that, Mrs. more »»



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