Opinion

Finding security in community

Here we are again—looking at 2021 in our rear view mirrors while getting ready to navigate 2022. As to be expected, the last 12 months were still largely defined by the pandemic. For a few brief months this spring and summer, the transmission rates were extremely low...

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Local generosity brings peace to others

It’s always a pleasure for our reporting staff to write about the good deeds performed within the community. They are regular and frequent all 365 days of the year but the goodwill certainly gets amped up around the holidays—stretching from Thanksgiving to the New...

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Drivers are vehicle’s best safety feature

All of Michigan’s seasons have their challenges but winter has to be near the top when it comes to all the various and oftentimes dangerous weather condition we must navigate during those months. According to the state’s Office of Highway Safety Planning, there were...

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Hopeful for calmer days ahead

When news broke of last week’s deadly shooting at Oxford High School, our hearts ached for all those affected. It was troubling again to see the impact this kind of violence had on our local school communities in the days that followed. Parents had concerns, students...

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Redistricting may affect candidates most of all

Lapeer and St. Clair counties recently adopted new maps that define district boundaries for county commissioners. In St. Clair County, there were no changes to the districts that encompass Lynn, Mussey and Berlin townships and the village of Capac. In Lapeer County,...

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A year’s worth of thanks

By the time Thanksgiving rolls around each year, we’ve spent a portion of the prior 10-plus months honoring the people who give us so much. We’re just a few weeks’ past Veterans Day and a few months have passed since Labor Day. Hopefully, we all took the time to pause...

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No better time to shop local

Supply chain issues and shipping delays have meant many shoppers have begun the hunt for Christmas gifts even earlier than usual. Let’s hope that some of those issues at the national and global level will inspire us all to turn local. We’re just over a week out from...

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4CCF, state address housing crisis

Workers and quality housing—both are in high demand in Michigan and the local community. That’s why it’s encouraging to see the Four County Community Foundation seeking to address those needs, particularly the need for suitable housing, by pursuing a grant through the...

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What can be done to make M-53 safer?

Although traffic congestion can be considered a by-product of a healthy local economy—that is, a “good problem” to have—it’s apparent that traffic volumes on M-53 in both the Imlay City and Almont areas are at concerning levels. In Imlay City, the area around Borland...

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Weatherizing help for low-income families

It’s more apparent these days that the seasons are in transition and soon, the cold weather will be upon us. That change in the weather also means a drain on the bank accounts of low income families who struggle to pay their energy bills. In honor of October being...

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