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Voting bills seem to have partisan motives

December 16, 2015 Michigan lawmakers just don’t trust voters. The Legislature is about to eliminate straight-ticket voting because, it is claimed, voters who complete their ballots that way haven’t done their homework. more »»

Increased risk for fires during holiday season

December 15, 2015 While the holidays are a time for celebration and gathering together with family and friends, it’s also a time for heightened awareness of the dangers of fire. more »»

Funding makes orphanage site plan feasible

December 14, 2015 Over the years we’ve watched as many proposals to resurrect the former Holy Family Orphanage into a functioning facility have surfaced, only to quickly fall by the wayside. more »»

New resource can offer help to aging drivers

December 12, 2015 Michigan has one of the oldest populations in the country. more »»

Abundance of good reasons to shop locally

December 11, 2015 Few people really enjoy the Christmas shopping routine of trudging from store to store, often battling crowds of others seeking the perfect gifts at good prices. more »»

UP trust fund projects will benefit many

December 10, 2015 A pair of Marquette-area projects and the Douglass Houghton Falls are among a handful in the Upper Peninsula recommended to receive money from the State Natural Resources Trust Fund. more »»

What should be done about state education?

December 9, 2015 Moody’s Investors Service downgraded 47 of Michigan’s 206 school districts this week, which means that the schools will now face higher fees when borrowing money. more »»

Synergy exists for Keweenaw green-tech hub

December 8, 2015 A new business moving into Hancock’s old D&N Bank building is a promising development, as reported by Kurt Hauglie in Saturday’s Daily Mining Gazette, particularly because Evergreen Technology is... more »»

Optional kindergarten: outdated idea

December 7, 2015 That 5-year-olds aren’t required to attend kindergarten in Michigan was surprising enough. Even more surprising is kindergarten is optional for school districts in a handful of states. more »»

Child’s birthday wish benefits 2015 Cheer Club

December 5, 2015 At a time when depressing, soul-crushing news seems to be coming in from all sides, we all need a story to remind us of the good in the world. more »»

True meaning of Christmas season is free-will giving

December 4, 2015 Despite our problems, the rest of the world looks to up to the United States. We have a standard of living that is second to none. But that doesn’t mean every American has money to burn. more »»

Double-down on giving this holiday season

December 3, 2015 Even if they don't fully understand the meaning behind Christmas, when young children receive special gifts like toys, they instinctively realize the occasion is something special. more »»

Enhance value of giving food donations

December 1, 2015 This is the time of year when community groups often host food drives to fill local food pantry shelves. By keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can enhance the value of the food donations you make. more »»

Shop local to support local businesses

November 30, 2015 Thanksgiving officially kicked off the holiday season, which runs through New Year’s Day. more »»

Protect against carbon monoxide poisoning

November 28, 2015 With winter months approaching, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding everyone to be safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning during the cold weather and heatin... more »»

Report: economic progress but more to do

November 27, 2015 A report from the University of Michigan brought a mixed-bag of economic news over the weekend. more »»

Deeds count in giving thanks: Pay it forward

November 25, 2015 There is more to Thanksgiving than just giving thanks. Words without deeds are just words. more »»

State economy grows but not fast enough

November 24, 2015 Michigan has regained 400,000 jobs over the past five years, roughly half what was lost during the Lost Decade at the start of this century. more »»

Michigan Legislature, heal thyself

November 23, 2015 Since convening 10 months ago, the current Michigan Legislature has cracked down on local minimum wage requirements, authorized commercial quadricycles to serve alcohol and even addressed (however... more »»

Race for your neighbor — be a first responder

November 21, 2015 A medical emergency is a race against the clock, pitting life against death: the sooner a person gets treatment, the better chance life beats death. more »»



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