Opinion

Animal Control: On a path toward continued success

With the change in guard at Lapeer County Animal Control, it seems fitting to reflect on how the department has improved its operations in the last decade. In 2013, after volunteers and animal advocates raised concerns about the shelter, Lapeer County revamped many of...

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A tip for candidates: Readers are voters

A quick glance at recent election filings shows that many races will have a crowded field in 2022. From our perspective as journalists, that means we’ll spend some extra time writing candidate profiles in the months to come. From the perspective of our readers and...

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Returning to the stage

It’s great to see that young thespians are returning to the stage this spring. In Capac, three shows of The Sound of Music will happen this weekend. In Imlay City, the high school’s first musical will come to life on stage when students present You’re a Good Man,...

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The impact of organ donation

Steps are being made in Lansing to recognize April as Donate Life Month. The cause is being championed by one of the Tri-City area’s state senators, Kevin Daley, who tragically lost his son Thomas more than 10 years ago in an accident. Thomas was an organ donor and...

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Celebrating the good around us

On Saturday, the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce took time to celebrate the people and organizations who’ve contributed their time and efforts to the community in meaningful ways. Since 1974, the chamber has named a Citizen of the Year annually. Just over a decade...

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Grateful for first responders

The tragic fire in Dryden Township in which four family members perished an incredibly sad incident that will leave a mark on the community, those who responded to the scene or knew the victims. Although it’s been just over a week since the tragedy, there’s an added...

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Farmers have more than just food on their plates

Industries of all kinds have been experiencing a roller coaster of highs and lows when it comes to the daily operation of businesses in recent years. On the low side, there’s supply chain issues and staffing shortages. On the high side is the demand for products and...

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Sunshine Week: Transparency builds trust with constituents

Editor’s note: The following guest opinion was written by Paul Heidbreder, current president of the Michigan Press Association and publisher of the Traverse City Record-Eagle. There are plenty of recent examples of why we’re all fortunate to live in the United States....

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Paying the price for attendance

Almont Community Schools feels like they’re experiencing a “no good deed goes unpunished” moment. The district recently learned that they’ll lose out on more than $6,500 in state funding because they did not meet an attendance threshold on December 3. In the days that...

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Health department reorganization raises questions

Public health officials have two groups of people they must answer to as part of their duties—the elected and/or governmental officials who hire and fire them and the citizens of the municipality they’re charged with keeping safe. Sometimes those duties are determined...

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