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Underfunding maintenance is dangerous dance

October 29, 2015 Whether it’s roads or schools, infrastructure needs maintenance. You can get away with putting it off for a while, but you can dance that jig for only so long before it’s up. more »»

GOP leaders in Lansing should get real on roads

October 28, 2015 For years we’ve urged lawmakers to pass a deal to fund repairs of Michigan’s decrepit roads. more »»

Why does UPPCO keep raising rates? Because it can

October 27, 2015 Question: What’s worse to a taxpayer than a tax increase? Answer: A rate increase for a public utility. In general, public utilities answer to no taxpayer. They’re not elected by taxpayers. more »»

Proactive unity needed to address climate change

October 26, 2015 Typically it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive, especially when it comes to something as big as climate change. more »»

Shake mailbox to withstand thrown snow

October 24, 2015 Winter is coming, so zip up your coat and pull down your hat — and give your mailbox a shake. Signs of the Old Man’s approach started the middle of this month: On Oct. more »»

Forest industry is a vibrant success story

October 23, 2015 To mark the 55th anniversary of National Forest Products Week, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation praising paper and wood-based products for the value they lend in everyday lif. more »»

Lead exposure still health risk to children

October 22, 2015 Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... more »»

Local ‘dark store’ efforts need to continue

October 21, 2015 As local efforts continue to stop the damage being done by the “dark store” tax valuation fiasco, we hope Lansing officials will jump into the fight, as wel. more »»

Houghton middle schoolers perform elegant ecology

October 20, 2015 Extracting the natural resource of copper from the earth is the basis for this area’s existence, but as with every exploitation of nature, there is a price to pay in exercising dominion of nature. more »»

Pakistan proven itself more of an enemy than ally

October 19, 2015 A Pakistani official’s admission a few days ago does not exactly fall into the category of surprise of the century: Leaders in his country’s spy and espionage service knew al-Qaida leader Osama bin... more »»

Protect your identity with cyber hygiene

October 17, 2015 Already this year, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $20 million to cybercriminals, according to data from the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center. more »»

New guidelines for diabetes management

October 15, 2015 In Michigan, an estimated one in ten residents is diagnosed with diabetes. New recommendations are now in place for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES). more »»

Flint water crisis: Obscene failure of government

October 14, 2015 There’s good news: The City of Flint could soon reconnect to the Detroit Water and Sewer Department, a water source that doesn’t leach lead from aging pipes into the municipal water supply. more »»

Best fire-safety measure is smoke alarm(s)

October 13, 2015 Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400... more »»

Before whiteout, enjoy the UP’s fall color palette

October 12, 2015 It’s that time of year again. more »»

UP labor hall inductees are great choices

October 10, 2015 Congratulations to Suzanne Bowers and Maria Maniaci, the two Upper Peninsula women who will be inducted into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Saturday. more »»

Vindication for Flint, questions for Snyder

October 9, 2015 Lead flows through Flint’s water system and out of taps in people’s homes. Children have been drinking that water, and suffering the consequences. more »»

Parole reforms promise prison cost savings

October 8, 2015 “He who opens a school door, closes a prison,” said French author Victor Hugo. Perhaps it’s not an apples-and-oranges comparison. more »»

We still need to be vigilant about domestic violence

October 7, 2015 The statistics show that, unfortunately, there is still a need for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. more »»

Science denial doesn’t stop ice from melting

October 6, 2015 It matters not one whit how many people deny the unequivocal scientific consensus that human-generated emissions are causing global climate change, because the Earth’s ice still keeps melting, right... more »»



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