Editorials

Taking steps to guard against poisonings

The places where we work, where we live and make our homes, where we relax and put worry aside — all should be free of fears that what we breathe or drink or otherwise come in contact with could harm us. Yet that isn’t always the case, even in this modern age. Last year, the Michigan ...

Paper recycling keeps growing

Paper recycling is an American success story that’s on a path toward better results. Thanks to industry initiatives and the diligence of consumers, nearly twice as much paper is recovered today than just 15 years ago. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 52 million tons, or ...

Police should not be allowed to have sex with prostitutes

Yes, you read that headline right. The Michigan legislature will consider making it illegal for police officers to have sex with prostitutes during undercover operations. A move that begs the question: “Really, that’s not the law already?” Nope. Among the 50 states plus the District ...

Trying to fight fears about vaccinations

The battle over vaccinations goes on. Vaccinations were developed to combat illness. That should be enough reason to get them. Yet debate persists about whether they are needed, necessary, perhaps even harmful. This week, state and national public health experts, physicians, hospitals and a ...

Changes may be coming to Eagle Mine operations

It comes as good news that local residents — including and especially those in the environmental community — will have an opportunity to comment on a change in the permit that regulates activities at the Eagle Mine, once the company that owns the mine asks for it. Mine officials, we ...

Appreciates DCHS care close to home

Bouquet From Nan Franzoi, Iron Mountain: In regard to the Dickinson County Healthcare System’s Hematology Oncology Clinic, recognition received is long overdue. Everyone works together, providing the best compassionate care for the patients and family. Emotional support throughout ...

Meekhof on wrong side in opposing FOIA legislation

State Sen. Arlan Meekhof has well-publicized problems with strengthening the Freedom of Information Act, opposing recent legislative moves that would have made the state House, Senate and the governor’s office subject to the law. Now, members of the West Olive Republican’s own party have ...

Time for an uncomfortable, necessary talk

Fair warning: This will be an uncomfortable but necessary discussion about an uncomfortable but necessary procedure. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Yes, there is such a thing. Not sure what March did to deserve such a distinction. But while we might wince and squirm at ...

Dialing 211 makes it simpler to find help

Dialing 911 is a well-known way to summon emergency responders, whether police, firefighters or an ambulance. But how about when in need of other help or assistance? Fortunately, another three-digit number is available in Michigan and Wisconsin, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a ...

FOIA, OMA key tools to keep tabs on government

It’s not unusual to hear people complain about the activities of government and include in those complaints a desire to review documents connected with the issue or issues that have caught their interest. But where can one obtain documents to look at? Others lament and/or voice ...

Sunshine Week spotlights public’s right to know

Do you know what your government is doing? How about law enforcement? Are you aware of your rights to certain information — and whether officials are living up to those obligations? This is Sunshine Week, an annual effort by the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press to ...

Applauds Ski Club for exciting jumping event

Bouquet: Congratulations Kiwanis Ski Club on hosting a wonderful and exciting weekend of FIS Continental Cup ski jump festivities. The organizers and volunteers of the 2017 Pine Mountain Continental Cup are to be congratulated on bringing together an exciting slate of elite ski jumpers from ...

Pay-As-You-Go boosts college savings in Michigan

Saving for college is a challenge, but state officials are encouraged by the popularity of the Michigan Education Trust’s new Pay-As-You-Go option. Pay-As-You-Go, introduced a year ago, allows participants to open MET contracts by purchasing a minimum of one credit hour rather than semester ...

Beware those who claim to be tax collectors

It’s an unfortunate perennial sign of income tax season: phone calls or emails, trying to convince those on the receiving end they owe money and have to pay up — now. As the time draws down for filing tax returns — this year, with April 15 on a Saturday and the following Monday being a ...

Trump administration missed boat on lakes funding cuts

News of a budget proposal that broke nationally late last week detailing the White House wants to all but eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funding that pays for, among other things, environmental cleanup and other programs for the Great Lakes has drawn fire from a great many ...

Michigan AG warns of most common consumer complaints

Harassment over paying back money you might not even owe. Robocalls. Disputes over vehicle repairs or buying a used car that turns out to be less than promised. To mark the 19th annual National Consumer Protection Week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released his yearly list of ...

Explanation needed why Marquette leads state in gas prices

Here we go again. It has been a while since we had to raise this issue, but after reading in our paper last Monday that Marquette had the highest price per gallon in the state of Michigan, according to AAA, for the seventh week in a row, we had to respond. Years ago, Marquette was ...

Saying thanks to Michigan farmers in Food and Ag Month

Bouquet LANSING — Michigan is home to a bountiful array of food and agriculture products for Michiganders and tourists to enjoy. The diversity of the food grown here, access to water, and the various microclimates make Michigan unique for all facets of the food and agriculture ...

When gambling goes from fun to costly habit

Residents of the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin likely live within relatively close distance of at least one casino or gaming establishment. For those who don’t, playing the lottery can be as close as the corner convenience store. Most consider gambling an innocent amusement ...

Got paper? IRS prefers efiling returns

Income Tax Day arrives on April 18 this year, due to April 15 being a Saturday and the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. on April 17. Those extra days will come in handy for taxpayers who file paper returns, as the Internal Revenue Service continues to require citizens to ...