Opinion

Redistricting may affect candidates most of all

Lapeer and St. Clair counties recently adopted new maps that define district boundaries for county commissioners. In St. Clair County, there were no changes to the districts that encompass Lynn, Mussey and Berlin townships and the village of Capac. In Lapeer County,...

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A year’s worth of thanks

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around each year, we’ve spent a portion of the prior 10-plus months honoring the people who give us so much. We’re just a few weeks’ past Veterans Day and a few months have passed since Labor Day. Hopefully, we all took the time to pause...

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No better time to shop local

Supply chain issues and shipping delays have meant many shoppers have begun the hunt for Christmas gifts even earlier than usual. Let’s hope that some of those issues at the national and global level will inspire us all to turn local. We’re just over a week out from...

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4CCF, state address housing crisis

Workers and quality housing—both are in high demand in Michigan and the local community. That’s why it’s encouraging to see the Four County Community Foundation seeking to address those needs, particularly the need for suitable housing, by pursuing a grant through the...

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What can be done to make M-53 safer?

Although traffic congestion can be considered a by-product of a healthy local economy—that is, a “good problem” to have—it’s apparent that traffic volumes on M-53 in both the Imlay City and Almont areas are at concerning levels. In Imlay City, the area around Borland...

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Weatherizing help for low-income families

It’s more apparent these days that the seasons are in transition and soon, the cold weather will be upon us. That change in the weather also means a drain on the bank accounts of low income families who struggle to pay their energy bills. In honor of October being...

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Champion Bus: Inevitable and unfortunate

The news that Champion Bus will soon be closing its doors for good was very disappointing but certainly not surprising. Having been bought and sold numerous times in the last several years, usually as part of a divestiture move by a parent company, it became apparent...

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Who should our voting neighbors be?

Only a few weeks remain before new voting districts will be adopted and become law by year’s end. It will be interesting to see what those final maps look like and consider the long-term effects they’ll have on elections in Michigan now that an independent citizens...

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Fall on the road: Buses, combines, motorcycles

No matter the season, there are things drivers need to keep top of mind and heading into the heart of fall it seems appropriate to offer a reminder of what to expect on area roadways. School has been in session now for more than a month but in light of an incident...

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Middle School’s second act looks promising

On Saturday, a sizeable group of onetime students, staff and community members strolled through the former Capac Middle School for one last time before the public space is sold for development. For obvious reasons, the building holds a special place in the memories of...

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