Opinion

Census 2020: Be counted for the sake of this place we call home

It’s a Census year and it’s important that everyone who lives in our country gets counted. Obviously, most of you feel the same way. Residents in Lapeer and St. Clair counties are being responsible and completing their 2020 Census forms at a higher rate than the state...

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Newspapers have your back

The following was written by Dean Ridings, CEO of America’s Newspapers. His message is an important one that resonates with our staff here at the Tri-City Times and that’s why we’ve decided to reprint it here. We are your neighbors and we’ve “got your back” in good...

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How can you help during a pandemic?

During the ongoing quarantine, it can be easy to focus on all the things we can’t do because of business closures and social distancing measures. Unless you’re an essential worker or have medical training that you can coffer, some of us might be feeling like we can’t...

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A ‘Digital Divide’ in sickness and in health

For some time now citizens and politicians have been talking about the ‘Digital Divide’ that many rural communities experience. It’s likely that the current coronavirus pandemic will test the progress we’ve made to get residents and businesses connected to the World...

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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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