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Editorials

Unemployment waiver good, but keep digging

Sometimes it’s what’s not said that catches the attention. Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency announced recently that more than 55,000 claimants will not have to pay back approximately $431 million in federal pandemic unemployment benefits — overpayment benefits that the agency ...

‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign a reminder to obey seat belt laws

To remind everyone about the importance of buckling up, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning Monday launched a “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign that runs though June 5. Officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police will ...

Multiple choices in standardized testing debate

Michigan’s April and May are months of acronyms. It’s a time to M-STEP through the tulips, springing forward into the PSAT, SAT and ACT. But whether this six-week testing season results in flowers or weeds is a matter of opinion in the struggle to determine what kids really know and how ...

Best to leave wildlife babies in the wild

The annual springtime wave of downy hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals is close at hand. Some might already have young in nest or burrow. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the ...

Helmets to Hardhats program does much to support veterans

Governments, local, state and national, often throw grant money at projects and programs that have dubious value. In our experience, that’s the nature of that animal: Provide funding for a great many things and perhaps a handful will turn into something good. That certainly was not the ...

Take care to prevent tick-borne illnesses

That didn’t take long. After just a few days of warm weather, ticks are starting to emerge. And that means an increased chance of tick bites and potentially contracting Lyme disease, health experts say. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 476,000 people are ...