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Bill restores fairness in valuing property

November 12, 2015 How much is your car worth? It has a Blue Book value and a relatively predictable resale price. Assessing property values for tax purposes is supposed to work about the same way. more »»

Illegal trash dumping defiles area woodlands

November 11, 2015 A longstanding issue, which often involves the secrecy the deep woods and dirt roads can provide, was discussed publicly early last week by officials in Marquette Township. more »»

’Tis the season to share blessings with our neighbors

November 10, 2015 Gathering nature’s bounty from the hunt and harvest brings us into this season of giving thanks, counting blessings and sharing the bounty. more »»

Michigan sets goals to expand wood industry

November 9, 2015 Michigan’s forest products industry contributes $17.8 billion per year to the state’s economy and supports 87,000 jobs. more »»

Lawmakers still seem to be balking at bead ban

November 7, 2015 With looming issues like the state’s inadequately funded road maintenance budget and the future of energy production in Michigan still unsolved, you’d hope that a clear-cut, seemingly obvious... more »»

Rise in homeless students in UP is disturbing trend

November 6, 2015 It was startling news to learn recently that there are nearly 1,500 students in the Upper Peninsula who are identified as homeless. more »»

For a safe winter prepare now for emergencies

November 5, 2015 Winter is coming, and the time to prepare is now. Simple, common-sense preparation now will go a long way toward you and your family enjoying a safe and economical winter. more »»

State must take lead in health care cost crisis

November 4, 2015 We couldn’t agree more with an mLive piece that made the rounds over the weekend detailing to what degree rising health care costs are harming the Michigan economy. more »»

Warm beginning of autumn increases risk of wildfires

November 3, 2015 The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to remind hunters, and everyone else outside enjoying the fall weather, to be cautious while lighting campfires and using woodstoves this season. more »»

Lack of mental health services in UP is troubling

November 2, 2015 The U.P. and northeast Lower Peninsula face the most serious shortages of trained mental health professionals available in the state, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. more »»

Writing a letter can make your community better

October 31, 2015 Publishing letters to newspapers from members of the community is more than just a traditional symbol promoting the vital First Amendment freedom of the press and implied freedom of expression. more »»

Scammers are always up to new tricks

October 30, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service continues to warn consumers to guard against scam phone calls from thieves intent on stealing their money or their identity. more »»

Underfunding maintenance is dangerous dance

October 29, 2015 Whether it’s roads or schools, infrastructure needs maintenance. You can get away with putting it off for a while, but you can dance that jig for only so long before it’s up. more »»

GOP leaders in Lansing should get real on roads

October 28, 2015 For years we’ve urged lawmakers to pass a deal to fund repairs of Michigan’s decrepit roads. more »»

Why does UPPCO keep raising rates? Because it can

October 27, 2015 Question: What’s worse to a taxpayer than a tax increase? Answer: A rate increase for a public utility. In general, public utilities answer to no taxpayer. They’re not elected by taxpayers. more »»

Proactive unity needed to address climate change

October 26, 2015 Typically it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive, especially when it comes to something as big as climate change. more »»

Shake mailbox to withstand thrown snow

October 24, 2015 Winter is coming, so zip up your coat and pull down your hat — and give your mailbox a shake. Signs of the Old Man’s approach started the middle of this month: On Oct. more »»

Forest industry is a vibrant success story

October 23, 2015 To mark the 55th anniversary of National Forest Products Week, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation praising paper and wood-based products for the value they lend in everyday lif. more »»

Lead exposure still health risk to children

October 22, 2015 Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... more »»

Local ‘dark store’ efforts need to continue

October 21, 2015 As local efforts continue to stop the damage being done by the “dark store” tax valuation fiasco, we hope Lansing officials will jump into the fight, as wel. more »»



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