Opinion

Council should consider other options

At yesterday’s meeting, the Almont Council was due to discuss and potentially vote on turning off the water supply to the Kingsbrook Mobile Home Estates. The owners of the park have a sizeable unpaid balance on their water and sewer bills that’s been accumulating for...

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More professional behavior and numbers are needed

It’s unfortunate that, as of press time, the debate over disbanding the Imlay City Police Department still doesn’t have numbers attached to it. Tomorrow, a community forum will be held at the fairgrounds where residents can voice their opinions on the proposal to turn...

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Doing your part to be “green”

Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day and next week, on April 30, is Arbor Day. While nature starts to spring to life, we’re also thinking of ways we can be “green” in April and preserve our natural resources. In recent years, local government and groups have stepped up...

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Being responsible behind the wheel

Speed can kill and statistics from 2020 indicate that it likely took more than the usual number of lives in Michigan last year. Michigan State Police report that preliminary numbers show 1,032 people died from crashes on Michigan roads in 2020, while the number was...

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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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