Opinion

What do those ‘no’ votes mean?

The results of this month’s general election were generally good for municipalities seeking funding approval or renewal from voters. In Lapeer County, it was somewhat surprising that two measures did not pass—a millage renewal request for Goodland Township Library...

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Showing thanks through service

Today we pause to honor the service given to our country by members of the military. Often times our spoken thanks seems insufficient for the sacrifices our service men and women have made. As several stories in this week’s edition illustrates, one of the best way to...

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The difference a year makes

It’s an exciting time for Imlay City Schools as they approach the next and largest phase of their bond projects. Late last month, the board authorized more than $15.1 million in bids related to two new construction projects—a classroom addition at Weston Elementary...

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An election to remember

This year, 2020, will go down in history for many reasons and the November 3 general election is likely to be one of them. Pair a pandemic with anticipated record voter turnout plus the associated high demand for absentee ballots and the convergence of those factors...

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Boulevard: A promising proposal for safety

Last week’s news that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)is considering installing a boulevard on a portion of M-53 in Imlay City was surprising but encouraging. Traffic volumes and a lack of controls makes it difficult and sometime dangerous to access...

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Making our interconnected world safer

We take great pains to protect our valuable possessions. We put our money into banks for safe keeping, lock the doors to our homes and vehicles and carry insurance on a wide variety of our belongings. Unfortunately, it appears we need to utilize some of those same...

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15 to October 15. People, organizations, businesses and more take the opportunity to celebrate the rich cultures of Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the...

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Youth and the dangers of underage drinking

Now that students have started their college academic year either on campus or online, it’s the ideal time for parents to talk with their kids about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking. Although it might seem counterintuitive, the Michigan Liquor Control...

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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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