Opinion

What can be gained in a pandemic?

How might our community change once the threat of COVID-19 has passed? As closures threaten to go on for several more weeks, it’s only natural to dwell on what could be lost during this pandemic but, in an effort to stay positive, it helps to focus on all that could...

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Supporting local businesses in crisis

Some effects of the Great Recession still linger but many economists note the coronavirus effect will be much larger in scale and broader. Our most recent financial crisis was centered mainly on housing and the banking and automotive sectors. Today’s crisis will...

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Be smart and stay safe

These are unsettling times. In just a matter of days, a virus has seemingly upended our every day lives. We knew COVID-19 was coming to our shores from what seemed like faraway places but the developments and consequences from this fierce illness came much quicker...

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Celebrating Food and Agriculture Month

In proclaiming March as Michigan Food and Agriculture Month, Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared the state’s industries in that realm as a “national powerhouse” and she’s right. Michigan has the ideal climate, some of the best people and great resources to produce a...

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Extension services benefit citizenry

Michigan State University’s Extension program really covers it all. Whether you’re a business or farm owner, municipal leader or educator, gardener or outdoor enthusiast, volunteer or parent/guardian, our state’s Extension program offers fact-based information from...

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Helping our neighbors stay warm

We’re just three weeks away from the official start of spring but winter’s cold and snowy grip is sure to stick around for some time yet. For those in our community who struggle to fend off the frigid weather every winter, spring probably can’t come soon enough....

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Teaching and guiding the next generation

The school setting has increasingly become more than just a place to learn facts and figures. Educators have answered the call to help youth fully prepare for life after graduation too. This is often referred to as the Whole Child Approach to Education. The tenets of...

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Coming and going: Keihin was a surprise

It was big news back in 2007. A Japanese-based car parts manufacturer, Keihin, wanted to come to Capac, put up a sizeable building and start hiring more than 200-plus employees. The subprime mortgage crisis had begun in 2006 and the state’s economy was showing signs...

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Giving credit where it’s due

A hearty handshake, a hand-written thank you note or a smile filled with gratitude. Volunteers and community servants really feel a sense of accomplishment when these and other gestures of thanks come their way. Knowing just how you’ve made a positive difference in...

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YAC models service, invests in a legacy

“You must do something to make the world more beautiful.” That’s the recurring theme in the book Miss Rumphius, written by Barbara Cooney and one of about three dozen titles recently gifted to each of eight area elementary schools by the Four County Community...

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