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President is overstepping

July 16, 2014 Congress would not go along with President Barack Obama’s plan to close down coal-fired power plants and drive electricity prices up. So Obama is acting on his own to do so. U.S. more »»

Low college readiness cause for concern

July 15, 2014 It is past time for Michigan’s citizens and policy makers to acknowledge the crisis looming in the state’s future: the state’s public schools are failing to educate the next generation of... more »»

Taxpayers should be enraged over government waste

July 14, 2014 Estimates by federal agencies that they in effect threw away nearly $100 billion last year should infuriate taxpayers. It is our hard-earned money, after all. more »»

Community support makes things happen

July 12, 2014 This week’s bouquets go to: From the Floriano-Stecker American Legion Post 340 and William Anderson Sports and Recreation Club: The Floriano-Stecker American Legion Post 340, and William Anderson... more »»

New state law keeps moms out of jail

July 11, 2014 You wouldn’t take your sandwich into a restaurant’s restroom to have your lunch, would you? So why should a public restroom be a place for a young mother to feed her baby? Gov. more »»

Another victory for corporate personhood

July 10, 2014 There is nothing particularly conservative about Monday’s (July 2) Supreme Court ruling excusing closely held corporations from a federal mandate to provide female employees with insurance coverage... more »»

Cautious optimism needed for Michigan budget

July 9, 2014 The new $53.2 billion state budget allows for a spending increase of 6 percent this year. more »»

Keep local gun boards in Michigan

July 8, 2014 It’s never been difficult to own firearms in Michigan, but you might think otherwise watching the majority of state lawmakers. more »»

Cherries take a back seat at their namesake festival

July 7, 2014 It’s called the National Cherry Festival and it’s supposed to be about cherries and the cherry industry. more »»

Girl Scout leaders go extra mile

July 5, 2014 This week’s bouquets go to: From Joyce Kasemodel, Escanaba A great big thank you to the leaders of Girl Scout Troop 5214, Abbie Stewart and Beth Busick. more »»

Detroit is troubled, but on the rise

July 4, 2014 Detroit’s population continued to decline in 2013, despite revitalization efforts within and outside the city. But the rate of population decline has slowed significantly. more »»

Legislature helps, hurts public schools

July 3, 2014 The Michigan Legislature passed so many bills in so little time before rushing off to its summer recess earlier this month that journalists, and we suspect some legislators as well, could barely kee... more »»

Boaters: Fourth of July requires special caution

July 2, 2014 A long day on the water exposed to the elements combined with crowded waterways and alcohol consumption could be a recreational boater’s ultimate undoing this July 4th holiday weeken. more »»

Accountability needed in Medicaid overpayment mess

July 1, 2014 A recent state audit showed that Michigan improperly spent $160 million over three years caring for Medicaid recipients needing in-home services primarily because it failed to obtain invoices and... more »»

Fireworks and pets don’t mix

June 30, 2014 The Fourth of July is one of the most stressful and potentially dangerous times of the year for pets. more »»

Esky city workers get high marks

June 28, 2014 This week’s bouquets go to: From Janis Bell of Escanaba: “In this day and age of impatience and lost manners, I would like to compliment two Escanaba employees who made my day last Thursday. more »»

Fireworks and safety need to go hand in hand

June 27, 2014 As the Fourth of July holiday draws closer, the Michigan State Police are reminding residents to take extra safety precautions when handling fireworks. more »»

Delayed care for veterans a ‘national crisis

June 26, 2014 A recent report on the Department of Veterans Affairs’ performance in Michigan showed the agency is doing better in our state than in other parts of the nation. more »»

Proposal 1 helps Michigan jobs climate

June 25, 2014 A proposal that helps Michigan businesses without hurting local governments and schools is a good deal for everyone, including homeowners. That’s why voters should support Proposal 1 during the Aug. more »»

Legislators leave town, leave voters in their dust

June 24, 2014 Just when it looked as though the Michigan Legislature had learned the wisdom of heeding clear-cut citizen majorities on critical issues, there they were, backsliding again. more »»



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