Editorial

Governor’s awards recognize volunteer work

Know a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? Michigan’s governor wants to hear from you. The Michigan Community Service Commission will take nominations through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 for the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that ...

Wolves should be reintroduced back into Isle Royale

Wildlife experts have been saying for years that the collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park was approaching. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that just a single wolf ...

Great Lakes need to be protected

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Legislation puts teeth into animal abuse punishment

It isn’t often, it seems, that Democrats and Republicans in Lansing can find common ground. Partisan politics typically rules in the state capital; both parties are guilty of stoking those fires. That, thankfully, didn’t happen with a bill that would stiffen the penalties for harming ...

Love INC marks year of helping needy in region

The idea is that by working together, local churches can do more to help the needy. Love INC of the Upper Peninsula tonight celebrates one year of doing just that. Love INC connects area churches to residents in need. It is seeking the community’s help to continue the work of providing a ...

Beware of tax collection call scammers

Yet another phone scam has surfaced in Michigan that seeks to intimidate residents by posing as a Michigan Department of Treasury official, insisting a tax debt exists that must be paid immediately. These scammers have grown more technologically sophisticated, managing to alter their ...

Anti-tobacco ads are a long time in coming

Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies have to run ads in local and national media sources telling the American people the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke. A federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these “corrective statements” ...

Michigan pact with Enbridge step in right direction

An agreement announced Monday between the state of Michigan and Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates petroleum pipelines in various places including most famously beneath the Straits of Mackinac, is progress, albeit modest progress that few outside Gov. Rick Snyder’s office will be ...

Campaign finance report e-filing makes sense

It has taken a while, but there appears there may be support in the U.S. Senate for legislation that will require senatorial candidates to start filing campaign finance reports electronically, something U.S. House of Representatives and presidential candidates have been doing for most of the ...

Holiday good times can mean blues for some

If you are like many people, chances are you probably didn’t finish all of your holiday shopping this weekend, even with those Black Friday deals and Small Business Saturday stops. And if you’re like many of us, that holiday gift-giving is just one note on a long laundry list of tasks ...

Net neutrality rollbacks promise disaster

They once called it the world wide web, but a move this week by federal regulators could slow — in some cases stop — our virtual travels. Imagine a scenario where a utility company is allowed to reduce the flow of electricity to a home because of the brand of appliances its owner ...

Volunteers just might drain the swamp

State lawmakers who don’t like the way democracy works in Michigan have been working the past few years figuring out how to make the referendum process more difficult. One effort would have banned paid petition circulators. Getting something on the statewide ballot in Michigan is already ...

Family is a blessing, even during holidays

Imagine spending most of your life thinking you’re alone in the world because your family has been obliterated by a madman. But at age 102, Eliahu Pietruszka experienced what is tantamount to a miracle: He met a family member he had not known existed until quite recently. As told in a ...

Keep in touch with your teenager

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Commission can still make the right appointment

The Marquette City Commission last week decided against appointing Tony Ghiringhelli as former Commissioner Sara Cambensy’s replacement. We, like many of the citizens of Marquette, feel that is the only appropriate move for the commission to make. Though it would appear the publicly elected ...

Homeless shelter may provide step off the street

The recent opening of Safe Harbor's emergency homeless shelter marks a crucial milestone in Traverse City's battle against homelessness. The 72-bed facility offers the area's homeless to eat a warm meal and sleep under a roof each night from November through April, the months when frigid ...

Veto ballast bill to protect Great Lakes

On July 11, state legislators from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling from the prompt release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The ...

Rural adaptation to climate change is worthy goal

Windy days come and go, but the one that hit the region on Oct. 24 was a doozy. The windstorm damaged park areas, took down trees and power lines and caused power outages. Most tragically, two people were presumably killed after being swept into Lake Superior off Presque Isle. Their bodies ...

Hunters can help feed hungry by donating venison

Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Nearly 1.5 million Michigan residents — 15 percent of our residents and 18 ...

Make deer hunting season enjoyable, safe

As Wednesday’s firearm deer season opener nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage hunters to brush up on safety tips and hunting regulations to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience. Firearm deer season is a special time of year in Michigan. It brings ...