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Reforms will raise trust in civil forfeitures

June 17, 2015 In 2010, a national advocacy group said Michigan’s civil forfeiture laws were among the worst in the nation. more »»

Public university boards claim immunity to Open Meetings Act

June 16, 2015 Higher education is supposed to be all about transparency: Free minds going where the evidence leads, with research methods and results open to the scrutiny of interested parties across the globe. more »»

Given its choices, NRC made right call on deer hunt

June 15, 2015 The Michigan Natural Resources Commission, the policy-making arm of the Department of Natural Resources, voted this week to eliminate doe permits for bow hunters for the upcoming 2015-16 season in... more »»

Drug court is enlightened justice strategy

June 13, 2015 Whenever a politician boldly claims support for “law and order,” that’s usually code for locking up convicts and figuratively throwing away the key. Punishment. No compassion allowed. more »»

Severe winter of 2013-14 has lingering effects

June 12, 2015 As the summer season draws near, thoughts of picnics, swimming, boating and other warm-weather activities come to mind, with any thoughts of the winter season far behind us. more »»

Stay safe while operating ATVs

June 12, 2015 As summer kicks off in Michigan, national ATV Safety Week (June 6-14) is a good opportunity for the Department of Natural Resources to remind riders of important safety tips that can help ensure a... more »»

Dianda’s plan addresses box store tax shelter

June 11, 2015 Recently, we called for action on the big box store crisis affecting Upper Peninsula communities. State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, has offered a solutio. more »»

Rush is just figuring out he's not normal

June 10, 2015 I am not normal. This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. more »»

Why the Bidens matter

June 10, 2015 DOVER, Del. — The passing at only 46 of Beau Biden, the elder son of Vice President Joe Biden and a former attorney general of Delaware, is particularly poignant. more »»

Forgetful gun owner needs to face charges

June 10, 2015 News item: A Buckley man left a handgun in a downtown Traverse City restaurant's restroom on Saturday. City police said Pangea's Pizza Pub employees reported someone left a . more »»

Keep Straits of Mackinac pipeline safe, open

June 10, 2015 All pipes can leak. That's why it's vital Michigan is doing an extensive review of the safety and monitoring practices of the petroleum pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac. more »»

Cost of systemic racism too high for taxpayers

June 9, 2015 About $178.67 for every household. That’s what Inkster residents will pay to settle a lawsuit brought by Floyd Dent, the 57-year-old Detroit man viciously beaten last January by an Inkster cop. more »»

Bicycle riders also have rights to use roadways

June 8, 2015 It’s official. Americans are becoming bicycle riders. more »»

Deposit discovery just the start of a long process

June 6, 2015 When Rio Tinto started staking out its Eagle Mine in northern Marquette County, many people thought it was the start of another mining boom in the Upper Peninsula. more »»

O Canada! No nuke waste dump near Great Lakes

June 5, 2015 Canada is probably America's best friend, alley and neighbor. Other than spewing cold air our way on occasion, Canada does nothing to disrupt that friendship. more »»

Deer disease poses dire threat to Michigan

June 4, 2015 It may be a while before we feel the ripples — and we hope we never will — but Michigan’s suffered a severe blow this week. more »»

Safety always first when on or near water

June 3, 2015 There’s no doubt about it, the Upper Peninsula’s beaches are a popular attraction during the summer months. more »»

Ban cell phone use in road work areas

June 2, 2015 Road construction work is dangerous. Every construction season, highway workers are needlessly killed or injured by inattentive drivers. more »»

‘100 Deadliest Days’ for teens behind wheel

June 1, 2015 According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, we have just recently entered the “100 Deadliest Days,” of summer, that period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen automobile... more »»

Citizen journalists perform a vital community service

May 30, 2015 If you want to serve your community, be a citizen journalist. more »»



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