Opinion

Consider becoming a firefighter

If you value the community where you live and want to keep it a safe place for your friends, family and neighbors to call home too, consider becoming a firefighter or first responder. Currently, the Imlay City Fire Department is actively recruiting new members to join...

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What’s behind Imlay City’s police outsourcing idea?

In periods of transition it’s common to evaluate how programs or systems are working. With the pending departure of Chief Scott Pike, it’s understandable that Imlay City leaders might take the opportunity to examine its police operations but outsourcing is not what...

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How reading enriches our lives

There’s allure in the way that books help us travel and explore far flung places without having to leave home. In honor of March is Reading Month, staff at schools, libraries and other groups strive to remind young readers of the magic of the written word. In a...

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There’s value in serving on a municipal board

In some circles, being a political ‘outsider’ is pretty popular these days. While there’s certainly value in being able to approach something with a different perspective, understanding how government bodies operate is an important skill that shouldn’t be diminished....

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Howell’s brought necessary scrutiny to lame duck sessions

Lapeer County’s State Rep. Gary Howell deserves praise for working to reform Michigan’s “lame duck” session in the legislature. Last month, the House passed a Joint Resolution that would require a two-thirds majority for the passage of any bills voted on during that...

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Utilizing the best tools to keep us safe

Recently Lapeer County opted to use some of its 911 surcharge dollars to utilize the services of an alert system. Since 2004, A Child is Missing has helped law enforcement agencies in Lapeer County with 41 missing person cases for subjects of all ages. With the...

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Monopoly isn’t a game for newspapers

The following opinion piece was written by Dean Riddings, CEO, America’s Newspapers and reprinted here with permission. America’s Newspapers is committed to explaining, defending and advancing the vital role of newspapers in democracy and civil life. They put an...

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Support youth success through scholarship

Scholarship season is here. If you’re a soon-to-be or recent graduate or the parent of one looking to get some help paying for college or trade school, this can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking moment. Gathering all the right papers, filling out all the...

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Stay warm, stay safe

This week we’ve experienced the coldest temperatures so far this winter season, the National Weather Service is reporting. We expect a Michigan winter to always deliver a few cold snaps but the bitter conditions like we’ve seen recently can still deliver a shock to...

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Doing to learn and feeding the world

Our country and world depends on experts in agriculture to ensure we can maintain a sufficient food supply while facing an array of challenges like population growth, demand for resources and changes in climate and weather. Besides the farmers and people who harvest...

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