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The pettiness of politics

April 3, 2015 Students in a fourth grade class in New Hampshire got a crash course in how government works — or should we say how government doesn’t work. more »»

Nurses could ease physician shortage

April 2, 2015 Michigan faces a future shortage of doctors, and absent a sudden influx of new physicians into the state, it has to get creative in forging a solution. Legislation introduced by Sen. more »»

Body camera bill leaves much to be desired

April 1, 2015 Having police officers wear body cameras generally is a good idea. more »»

Who will tighten state’s too-lenient vaccination law?

March 31, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder, senators, and representatives: You’ve seen the data. more »»

Our secretive government

March 30, 2015 Early in his presidency, Barack Obama pledged it would “usher in a new era of open government.” His administration has done just the opposite. Government is more secretive than ever. more »»

Tri-County Safe Harbor winner in penny war

March 28, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Gladstone High School students: Jeanne Brant assigned her fifth hour Initiative Ed class at Gladstone High School to raise money for a charity. more »»

We can’t afford to keep spending

March 27, 2015 Republicans in Congress are being criticized by liberals for a budget proposal that makes relatively modest cuts in federal spending. more »»

Borland’s decision makes for interesting play

March 25, 2015 Chris Borland shocked the NFL community when he announced he is retiring from professional football. He is 24. He had a spectacular rookie season last year with the San Francisco 49ers. more »»

Even prisoners deserve better

March 24, 2015 We were relatively disgusted when the sins of Michigan’s prison food vendor included maggots in the food prep area, and employees smuggling drugs into correctional facilities and having sex with... more »»

GOP letter to Iran disgraces America

March 23, 2015 America looks weakest when its internal arguments spill over into its international diplomacy — something that has been rare in the nation’s history. That it is happening now is a blot on the 114th U. more »»

Community reaches out to help shelter

March 21, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta Animal Shelter and John and Melissa Adoption Center: On March 7, the Rusty Rail owners, Kim and Tom Bower, held the Ride for the Delta Animal Shelter Poke... more »»

Microbead ban needed to protect Great Lakes

March 20, 2015 There’s a different kind of invasive species lurking in Lake Michigan. It is one that goes largely undetected, and one that must be stopped before irreversible damage is don. more »»

MDOT’s deeds don’t match its videos

March 19, 2015 For the past year, the Michigan Department of Transportation has been engaged in activities that look a lot like lobbying for a tax increase. more »»

A good day to kick butts

March 18, 2015 Today is a good day to kick some butts in Delta County. No, there won’t be any violence, but some people will be living longer, healthier lives because of it. Today is National Kick Butts Da. more »»

Keep EPA out of our wood stoves

March 17, 2015 If the Environmental Protection Agency thinks taking on utility companies is heavy lifting, wait until it feels the ire of angry Yoopers. more »»

Politicians want to keep you in the dark

March 16, 2015 Today is the start of Sunshine Week. No, it has nothing to do with the first day of spring later this week or Daylight Savings Time. more »»

Thanks for the great ice rinks

March 14, 2015 This week’s bouquets go to: From Bill Jamerson of Escanaba: The Escanaba parks department deserves a pat on the back for doing a great job maintaining the ice rinks this past winter. more »»

Delta County not immune to child abuse

March 12, 2015 Child abuse and neglect isn’t just a problem somewhere else. Unfortunately, it calls Delta County home as well. more »»

Fight against Asian carp far from done

March 10, 2015 Michigan’s congressional delegation is keeping concern about Asian carp high on its list of priorities. more »»

Curious reaction to warning

March 9, 2015 Reaction by President Barack Obama and some other liberals to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s warning about Iran’s weapons buildup was curious, to say the least. more »»



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