Opinion

Champion Bus: Inevitable and unfortunate

The news that Champion Bus will soon be closing its doors for good was very disappointing but certainly not surprising. Having been bought and sold numerous times in the last several years, usually as part of a divestiture move by a parent company, it became apparent...

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Who should our voting neighbors be?

Only a few weeks remain before new voting districts will be adopted and become law by year’s end. It will be interesting to see what those final maps look like and consider the long-term effects they’ll have on elections in Michigan now that an independent citizens...

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Fall on the road: Buses, combines, motorcycles

No matter the season, there are things drivers need to keep top of mind and heading into the heart of fall it seems appropriate to offer a reminder of what to expect on area roadways. School has been in session now for more than a month but in light of an incident...

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Middle School’s second act looks promising

On Saturday, a sizeable group of onetime students, staff and community members strolled through the former Capac Middle School for one last time before the public space is sold for development. For obvious reasons, the building holds a special place in the memories of...

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Don’t let speculation trump facts

Just about everyone likes to be “in the know” when it comes to the people and places in our daily lives. Unfortunately, that urge to know the latest information about anything—whether that be about a business, organization or individual—can lead down a road that...

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Survey, new investments point to brighter future for parks

It’s not that often that average citizens have a chance to directly weigh in on the future of government operations but that chance is now here for Lapeer County residents with the release of a new parks and recreation survey. These surveys are common whenever a...

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Prepare to Protect in September

It’s been heartbreaking to watch hurricanes, floods and wildfires decimate homes and livelihoods for our fellow Americans in recent weeks and months. Considering that most of these natural disasters are far from us, it’s easy to think we won’t find ourselves in...

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Taking action is vital to preserving nature

They might be small, but insects can have a big impact on our lives and likewise, our actions greatly impact their survival. In this week’s edition of the Tri-City Times, you’ll see a story about efforts done to support Monarch butterflies. For the past three years...

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Buckle up for every trip, every time

The latest study from Michigan State University shows that the state’s seat belt use rate has dropped to its lowest level in 17 years. Although more than 90 percent—92.6 percent to be precise—of Michigan residents still put one on before driving, officials are...

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Equipped for success in school

We expect our education system to help equip youth for successful lives in society. Fortunately, generous people and organizations have recognized that equipping youth for success in school is vitally important too. Locally, students and their families can get a...

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