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Lawmakers reinforce contempt for voters

December 30, 2015 The Center for Public Integrity, in its annual November report card, said Michigan has the worst state government in the nation in terms of ethics, lobbying, political financing, transparency and... more »»

A good year for America’s creditors

December 29, 2015 Among America’s creditors, 2016 promises to be a good new year indeed. Our national debt will top $19 trillion sometime during the year. more »»

Muslim nations are partners in fight against terrorism

December 28, 2015 Bravo, to Saudi Arabia and the 33 other predominantly Muslim nations forming a coalition to fight terrorism. U.. more »»

School program was a great Christmas gift

December 26, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Joyce and Bob Kasemodel of Escanaba: This is Thursday, Dec. more »»

Christmas at the shelter

December 24, 2015 ‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full — we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. more »»

A bad national defense decision

December 23, 2015 One wonders what President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s reaction would have been had, in 1936, a federal bean counter suggested to him that taxpayers’ money could be saved by purchasing engines for U.S. more »»

Protect access to medical marijuana

December 22, 2015 The Senate failed to pass legislation again this year that would legalize non-smokable forms of marijuana under the state’s medical pot program. more »»

Quit smoking for the holidays

December 21, 2015 The holiday season has arrived, and there is no better time for people to adopt a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle. more »»

Food donations always needed

December 19, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Ruth Johnson, Michigan Secretary of State: Michiganians are so generous and so kind. They always step up to help others, to lend a hand. more »»

Give the gift of a sober lift

December 18, 2015 The perfect gift for that hard to shop for person is the ideal price and just a click away with a new Designated Driver Gift Car. more »»

Make sure children are vaccinated

December 17, 2015 Following recent reports of chickenpox outbreaks around the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is advising parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccinations... more »»

Voting bills may 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 »»

Everyone deserves due process of law

December 15, 2015 Most people would agree terrorists should not be permitted to buy guns. But what about “suspected violent extremists?” In both the U.. more »»

Foster Grandparent Program fundraiser hits new heights

December 12, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Georgie Safford, Upper Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program Foundation: The 31st Upper Peninsula Foster Grandparent Foundation fundraiser is wrapping up for the year. more »»

New resource offered to help aging drivers

December 11, 2015 Michigan has one of the oldest populations in the country. more »»

Action needed on Iran’s missle buildup

December 10, 2015 At least President Barack Obama has been candid about what he plans to do about Iran’s missile buildup: nothing. more »»

United front needed to fight terrorism

December 9, 2015 If they had planned to do so, the man and woman who slaughtered 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. more »»

Remember those in need this holiday season

December 7, 2015 It can be easy during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to overlook the fact that for the less fortunate among us, there will be no holiday from nee. more »»

Sesquicentennial in Rock involved efforts of many

December 5, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Judy Trudell, Maple Ridge Township supervisor: The Maple Ridge Township Board would like to send a bouquet thanking everyone involved in Rock’s 2015 Sesquicentennia... more »»

Good reasons to shop locally

December 4, 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 »»



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