Opinion

Positive ripples in the community

Editorials and columns

At noon last Friday I picked up our daughter early from daycare. She was running a high fever and rest at home was in order. As we were heading to the house, I went past Duck Park and saw members of the Kiwanis and Boosters Clubs working to take down all the hero honor flags along the Bi-Path ...

Three months without legislature

Editorials and columns

Let's say you have a safe and secure job, but you wanted time off, with pay, to hunt for a new job. If you went to your boss for permission to do so, what would he or she say? Sure go ahead and good luck? Let me see if I have this straight. You want me to pay you and give you time off my ...

Taking care of details serves Snyder well with budget

Editorials and columns

Whether you like him or whether you don’t, most would agree Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is indeed a savvy businessman. Nowhere has that been more apparent, we believe, than seeing how his administration has handled preparation of the state’s budget each year. Unlike his predecessor ...

Unions important part of making US great

Letters to the Editor

Michigan is a right to work state. This is the start of a plot to undo all Unions in America. The main object of a Union is a contract that outlines the terms of employment. This is about as American as it can be. We have a contract when we borrow money, but a car, get insurance, buy a home, ...

Some interesting news about energy

Editorials and columns

I read this week one of the most encouraging stories that has crossed my desk in over a year. And whether you are an advocate or skeptic when it comes to global warming, I believe all of us can find common ground to agree that the possibility of converting carbon dioxide into gasoline is a ...

Fibromyalgia is real and can be managed

Letters to the Editor

Fibromyalgia, despite being a mental health disorder, is misunderstood due to historical medical error guessing it an autoimmune disease — which it is not. Unfortunately, when a medical diagnosis is ascribed to medicine specialty, in this case Rheumatology, that specialty is stuck with it. ...

Domino’s better at fixing roads than state

Editorials and columns

Domino's has a publicity stunt going right now where they pave over potholes in states around the country (although, oddly enough, not Michigan) to prevent damage to their pizzas. Pretty clever. Pretty sad, too. We've officially reached the point where government at all levels is so ...

‘I’m telling it like it is’

Editorials and columns

“I’m telling you like it is.” That’s essentially what Jesus said to the crowds, at least in regard to the kingdom of God, as we hear in the Gospel from this 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Mark 4:26-34) in cycle B of the three year lectionary cycle (In the Church’s liturgical calendar ...

Operating your vehicle without security

Editorials and columns

All Michigan drivers should know they have to have insurance on their vehicles in order to operate them on the roadways. Most do not understand the legal terminology for this offense as provided by Michigan Vehicle Code is “Operating without Security.” The question posed to me was, “Are ...

The question now is if Kim will keep his word

Editorials and columns

The niceties of diplomacy dictate that when world leaders meet, they smile, shake hands, even trade a joke or two. Kind words and gestures of trust are virtually mandatory. So it was this week in Singapore, when President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met. Before ...

If more can be done with STAR Act, then do it

Editorials and columns

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children ...

All of our different chairs

Editorials and columns

I have progressed through chairs, stood on chairs, hidden behind chairs, rocked in chairs and been where I wish I had a chair. I have sat in desk/chair combinations, library chairs, office chairs, and on a stump in the woods I was pleased to use as a chair. I’ve been in seminar chairs, ...

Any changes in North Korea will be slow

Editorials and columns

During this era in which instant gratification seems realistic to all too many people, President Donald Trump is doomed to disappoint them this week. Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will meet Tuesday in Singapore to discuss Pyongyang’s weaponization campaign, which includes ...

Governor puts up little resistance

Editorials and columns

For years the governor has preached that in order to attract badly need workers into the skilled trades, the state needed to pay higher wages for those jobs and one way to get there was with the prevailing wage. That is a state law that orders construction companies to pay union wages when ...

Keep kids engaged with reading in summer months

Editorials and columns

As school winds down across the region we would encourage parents to promote learning opportunities with their children this summer. One of those opportunities is reading, which is a valuable tool for unlocking a child’s mind. Anne Belanger, program director with the Presque Isle ...

Is this the end of hunting over feed piles?

Editorials and columns

Could this could be the last year for hunting over bait piles in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula? Concern over the well being of the entire state’s deer population could bring this time-honored tradition to an end beginning in 2019. That is one of the recommendations the Michigan Natural ...

Give teachers deserved respect and thanks

Letters to the Editor

In the news from around the country there have been ample examples of educators and support staff going to the extreme of striking in order to gain the attention of people in power about the poor working conditions they find themselves in. These are not problems in far away states and school ...

Summer on the mind, and is it really here?

Editorials and columns

I’m really hoping that summer is starting to show up. The up and down weather has my mood following that pattern ... ∫ Something I learned while looking at something else is that Sault Ste. Marie turns 350 years old this year. I lived in the Soo for a couple of years while going to ...