Opinion

Our commitment to informing voters

Nothing much is business as usual in these trying times and that includes elections. Subsequently our coverage of elections has begun to change too. Because a growing number of residents are opting to vote absentee, our newspaper has adjusted the way we profile...

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Accessibility and civic engagement

It’s good to see local governments doing what they can to remain transparent and accessible to their constituents. In the village of Almont, municipal leaders have opted to invest in new equipment and technology that will allow them to live broadcast council meetings....

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Recognizing Suicide Prevention Week

This week, Sept. 6-12, is Suicide Prevention Week in Michigan. It provides an opportunity to recognize the organizations at all levels that work to halt the growth of suicide rates and remind those in need of resources available to them. According to the Michigan...

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Showing support for caregivers

Monday is Labor Day, a national holiday we’ve marked for more than 100 years. It’s probably safe to say that we have a new appreciation or, at the least, a new perspective on most things related to labor since we marked Labor Day last year. It’s been heartening to see...

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Taking time to do it right

Taking the time to do it right. We’re pleased to see local leaders doing what’s necessary to deliver the best results to the community. For the sake of residents and taxpaying businesses, Imlay City leaders need to make sure they get a sound fire hall and they appear...

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Keeping routes safe for all students

The start of the new school year means more people will be on the move. Starting next week, parents and grandparents will be hopping in their vehicles for school day drop offs and pickups. We’ll all see buses once again. Most have been parked since March when...

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Candidates with a vision for the future

While compiling profiles in election years, it’s always interesting to see what sorts of citizen-centric goals are a part of candidates’ campaign platforms. These are the type of projects or protocols that can benefit all residents in their daily lives and make the...

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Journalism Sustainability Act benefits citizens, businesses too

The following was written by Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers. In the past five months, Congress has responded to the coronavirus public health crisis with several emergency relief measures, including the stimulus checks sent to individuals and households,...

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A recap of the voting rules

Election Day is less than a week away and local voters have their fair share of proposals and candidates to consider on August 4. We hope that you’ll exercise your right to vote and take an active role in deciding who represents you at all levels of government. Some...

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Benefits of going local for online learning

We regularly expound the importance of shopping local because everyone—residents, business owners and municipalities—benefits from keeping our dollars local. The message is essentially the same when it comes to education too. We’re only about one month away from the...

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