Opinion

Doing to learn and feeding the world

Our country and world depends on experts in agriculture to ensure we can maintain a sufficient food supply while facing an array of challenges like population growth, demand for resources and changes in climate and weather. Besides the farmers and people who harvest...

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Towards a more healthy, mobile community

Earlier this month, the Four County Community Foundation applied for a grant to study the options for bringing public transportation to eastern Lapeer County. The foundation’s annual Needs Assessment survey showed that local residents, particularly senior citizens,...

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Heed sheriff’s warnings about scammers

We’ve all become more vigilant about the scams and imposters that lurk online but news this week from a local police agency serves as a reminder that we also can’t let our guard down when the phone rings. Last week the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office reported that...

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Don’t pick up that phone

For obvious reasons, public health officials are glad that many residents are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Although it will take time, the vaccine appears to be the best tool at our disposal to emerge from our almost year-long pandemic. Anticipating the...

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Smaller communities need a strong voice too

Imlay City and Almont deserve to have a strong representative on the county commission. Ian Kempf made a commitment to being that kind of elected official for the past 20 years and we hope that his successor in District 7, Bryan Zender, will do the same. District 7...

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Channeling unity for the good of all

It’s kind of rare when one event defines almost an entire year but the coronavirus pandemic has done just that. A lot has happened in the last 12 months, but everyone on every level has been touched by the virus in some way. We’ve known someone who got sick or sadly,...

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Re-working Christmas to spread cheer

This has been a difficult year, to say the least. Since March our every day lives have been impacted by the coronavirus in ways both big and small. Now we’re on the cusp of Christmas, likely the biggest holiday on the calendar, and those challenges only seem to...

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Almont deserves reliable electric service

This has been a challenging year for just about every entity and schools are no exception. Unfortunately, Almont Community Schools was thrown an extra curveball last month when a wind storm toppled trees that took out power lines. A power outage and surge ensued and...

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Transparency counts now more than ever

Editor’s note: The following was written by Dirk Milliman, Public Policy Committee Chairman of the Michigan Press Association. The public notice legislation Milliman refers to was voted down by the House of Representatives last week but it appears the matter will be...

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Downtown parks can help boost business

The average citizen knows the merits of public parks. They’re places to play, explore and connect with nature and our neighbors. Our region is fortunate to have many well maintained spaces that offer a range of activities and it’s encouraging to see municipalities and...

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