Opinion

Thankful for living in a great community

Tomorrow, families and friends will gather around dinner tables and likely, before digging in to the turkey, declare their gratitude for what they appreciate and value—things like relationships, employment, housing, good health, food, safety and community. That last...

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Reduce stigma, save lives

Progress has been made in the fight against opioid addiction but it’s evident more can be done to save lives. Tools like Naloxone—a nasal spray that can reverse an overdose—are now available to anyone and often at no cost. There’s an array of support groups and...

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The importance of vibrant parks

Parks are important places in any community and it’s encouraging to see local residents and municipalities doing what they can to maintain and expand them. Parks aren’t just about being public, open spaces. In more rural locations like ours, where backyards—even in...

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Legislating to honor veterans

For the past 100 years, this nation has honored the men and women who served in uniform on Veterans Day and we’ll do the same this Monday, Nov. 11, for the 101st time. Obviously it’s nice that retailers and restaurants offer freebies and discounts that day but our...

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‘No reason’ not to vote in the coming year

This coming Tuesday, residents in the Imlay City School district will decide the fate of a $36 million bond proposal and, it’s possible, a good number of them won’t visit their polling station that day. That’s because the November 5 election marks the first time in...

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A place to call home

Earlier this month, the Hispanic Service Center hosted a special event to thank the volunteers who make their programs possible. Special recognition was given to the volunteers from Gateway Church who gave of their time to make the organization’s homeless shelter...

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Striving for safer travel on local roads

Our pages have been filled with lots of tragic news lately, particularly fatal traffic accidents. Within the last three weeks, at least four incidents have occurred either in the Tri-City area or affected those who call this community home. An Armada man died...

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Health issues in the news

There’s been no shortage of public health news headlines recently. First, it was vaping and the dangerous health issues that young users were developing. Here in Michigan, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been top of mind for health officials for several weeks...

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Getting the recognition he deserves

Anyone who’s spent any time in Dryden surely knows Dave Hill. He’s the embodiment of someone who has a deep passion for the place he calls home, so it’s only fitting that “Officer Dave” was selected as grand marshal for Saturday’s Fall Festival parade in downtown...

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Waiting for that apology

Although a jail sentence might not have been practical, some Lapeer County residents might have liked to see former state representative Todd Courser spend a night or two behind bars for the embarrassment he’s caused his former constituents over the past four years....

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