Editorials

Wage playing field between men, women must be leveled

Equal pay for equal work. Seems like a pretty simple concept, right? In practice, though, it apparently hasn’t been easy enough for those doling out wages to women. Tuesday was Equal Pay Day and has been observed as a way to raise awareness of the inequality in earnings among men and women ...

Sorny’s Garage went above and beyond in helping woman

Bouquet From Linda Grismer, Kingsford: A sincere thank you to Steve at Sorny’s Garage on Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford. I called him because something on the bottom of my car was scraping along the road as I drove. Since my husband of 40 years, Alan, had recently passed away on Feb. 19, ...

His specialty is winning

The list of Iron Mountain native Tom Izzo’s accomplishments runs about 9,000 words on the Michigan State University website. Not enough room for all of that here, so let’s cut to the chase. This weekend’s Final Four appearance will be the eighth for MSU under Izzo. The eighth in 24 ...

Great Lakes money back in Trump budget

We’re pleased President Donald Trump backed off a proposal to cut funding for Great Lakes cleanup and support by 90 percent. At a rally last week in Grands Rapids, Trump announced that the program’s $300 million annual cost, cut from his fiscal year 2019-20 budget in its original form, ...

Nessel oversteps her authority as AG in axing state laws

Dana Nessel has wasted no time in her first few months in office throwing out or undermining laws she doesn’t like. But she’s the attorney general, not the Legislature, and she is abusing her authority. The three distinct branches of government exist for a reason, and as part of the ...

Even a minor distraction can be a danger for drivers

We’ve all been warned about the dangers of distracted driving. So after perhaps a glance and verbal response to the latest text or maybe telling Siri to find a different song, eyes for the most part are fixed on what’s ahead and both hands still on the wheel. Really, it was just a momentary ...

DeVos missed mark in proposing cuts to Special Olympics

The budget proposals coming out of Washington, D.C., these days have us scratching our heads. On top of President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — which we’ve strongly opposed — a severe funding cut for the Special Olympics recently was in the ...

Be wary of calls supposedly from Social Security

Another day, another online or telephone scam to warn the public about, aimed at gaining money or personal information under false pretenses. The Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General recently launched a joint media campaign about a scheme that impersonates ...

A reminder: Check for the Homestead tax credit in state

The Michigan Department of Treasury has a tip for state residents still working on their taxes: Don’t forget about the Homestead Property Tax Credit. Qualified homeowner or renters with a household income of $60,000 or less a year may be eligible for this credit, the treasury department ...

Guard against aiding spread of oak wilt

Does the warming weather have you thinking about doing some early yard work, such as cutting back on trees and branches? If an oak is involved, might be best to reconsider. Oak wilt is a significant threat to oaks in the region, experts with the Dickinson/Menominee Conservation Districts ...

Social media being used to spread false tax rumors

It seems that every day more news arrives on how social media has been misused, often for nefarious purposes. What follows here is yet another example of this misuse. Michigan Treasury Department officials and local assessors report a surge in inquiries from residents who have read on social ...

McBroom pushes for open meetings at public universities

It didn’t take Ed McBroom very long to get involved with substantive matters that are important, we believe, to many in the state, namely transparency in public bodies doing the public’s business with public dollars. McBroom is sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution E, which would open to the ...

‘Transparency’ legislation positive step but more needed

Legislation churning its way through the Senate right now, if enacted, would take a good step toward improving transparency of government here in the Great Lakes State, but still falls short of a complete home run. It’s a rare phenomenon that doesn’t tend to happen very often these days, ...

Great care at the VA medical center

Bouquet Dane Paquette, Kingsford, U.S. Air Force veteran: I would like to thank everyone at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and the Milwaukee center for the great and professional care that they gave me and other veterans when I was there after getting a new shoulder. ...

Looking to prevent poisonings at home

The places 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 Regional Poison ...

Know the signs of brain injury

It wasn’t so long ago that “getting your bell rung” or “seeing stars” from a blow or other impact to the head — whether as part of contact sports, at a worksite or at home — was shrugged off. Give it some time, shake it off, go on as before. Now, traumatic brain injury and ...

MSP coordinates effort to prepare for severe weather

Michigan State Police are out this week with an advisement on preparing for severe weather — and this one isn’t about ice or snow. An MSP press release notes the week of March 24-30 has been designated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The agency’s Emergency ...

End should not overshadow IM’s amazing season

The potholes on the road to a Michigan high school basketball championship are many. The dream can end at any time once tournament play begins. Unlike the regular season, it’s win or go home. Almost all will go home disappointed. State champion means only one team in Michigan will wind up ...

Proposed funding cuts for Great Lakes should not stand

Since 2010, more than $2.4 billion of federal money has been allocated to support cleanup efforts and other projects in the Great Lakes region. Some people may question whether that investment was worth the return. We’ll respond by saying: without a doubt. The Great Lakes Restoration ...

Salvation Army groups say thanks for Red Kettle success

Bouquet From Tara Blagec, director, The Salvation Army Bread of Life Assistance Center: This year, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign raised $74,466.74 for a variety of service programs that assist community members in need.   The community as a whole came together for the greater ...