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Don’t limit information for elections

January 20, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: On Jan. 6, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a statute that prohibits local officials from using public funds to communicate ballot proposals within 60 days of an election. more »»

EPA, state too slow to react on Flint water

January 19, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: The Snyder administration faces a growing problem with the contaminated water in Flint. The response from Lansing has been too little, too lat. more »»

Pass legislation restricting exotic animals as pets

January 18, 2016 A recent Wisconsin editorial: Exotic animals have their place — such as in their natural habitat in the wild, or even in the care of fully licensed zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and... more »»

Snyder fails on straight-ticket voting issue

January 16, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: “It’s time to choose people over politics,” Rick Snyder said. more »»

Public merits transparent government

January 14, 2016 A recent Wisconsin editorial: So which is it? Do political parties in Wisconsin have to publicly disclose contributions they receive from corporations or not? At the end of last week, that remained... more »»

Legislature in no hurry to clean up act

January 13, 2016 A recent Wisconsin editorial: It’s discouraging but not surprising that few of state Re. more »»

Uninformed lawmakers leave voters in dark

January 12, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: After Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 571, we’re learning surprising new thing. more »»

State should pay for justice, not court defendants

January 11, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: We thought we were making progress when Lansing moved to eliminate one of the state’s most outrageous taxes. Beginning Oct. more »»

Scouts spread holiday cheer

January 9, 2016 Bouquet From Mike Lenczuk, Pembine, Wis. more »»

WEDC needs reboot, not rebranding

January 8, 2016 A recent Wisconsin editorial: W-E-D-C. For a lot of Wisconsin taxpayers, those letters stand for one thing and one thing only: I-N-E-P-T-I-T-U-D-E. more »»

Eagle perishes: We must work to get the lead out

January 7, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: The Chocolay Raptor Center has a history of successfully rehabilitating injured and sick raptors, such as two snowy owls it released in November at Gentz’s Homestead... more »»

Wisconsin needs stronger drunken driving penalties

January 6, 2016 A recent Wisconsin editorial: Driving while drunk is wrong. But it is less wrong in Wisconsin than in most other states. more »»

Snyder should veto election ‘reforms’

January 5, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: We wrote in November that a bill to strip Michigan voters of the ability to vote straight ticket was beneath the dignity of the Legislature. more »»

The importance of open meetings law

January 4, 2016 A recent Michigan editorial: The Michigan Open Meetings Act seems like a pretty self-explanatory law, but elected officials across the Grand Traverse region continue to struggle with the statute’s... more »»

Election reform laws headed in wrong direction

December 31, 2015 A recent Michigan editorial: State lawmakers recently passed another law designed to reform elections in Michigan. With 2015 winding down, a bill heads to Gov. more »»

New approach to state budget merits debate

December 30, 2015 A recent Wisconsin editorial: If one listens to the most rabid of Gov. more »»

Governor should veto bill limiting voter education

December 29, 2015 A recent Michigan editorial: The Center for Public Integrity, in its annual November report card, said Michigan has the worst state government in the nation in terms of ethics, lobbying, political... more »»

Illegal drug use a growing concern

December 28, 2015 On Dec. 17, law enforcement officials announced several federal convictions following the dismantling of a major criminal drug trafficking ring here in the Upper Peninsula. For most, the U.P. more »»

Christmas Party earns praise

December 26, 2015 Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: A lighted nativity set was the focal point at the Knights of Columbus Children’s Christmas Party at their hall in Kingsford. more »»

‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

December 24, 2015 Francis P. Church, an editorial writer for the now-defunct New York Sun, probably said it best. He was on that newspaper’s staff when an 8-year-old girl named Virginia wrote a letter to the editor. more »»



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