Opinion

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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Meth seizures: An unfortunate record

It’s the kind of record you don’t want to see set. Recently, the St. Clair County Drug Task Force reported that they had seized a record amount of methamphetamine within the county’s limits in 2021. Two of those seizures and related arrests occurred in the village of...

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Online efficiencies, access worth investing in

The World Wide Web, the Internet, cyberspace—accomplishing much of anything in our daily lives requires us connecting remotely with someone or something through a computer or other device. Recognizing that their online presence was in need of an update, Lapeer County...

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What’s our green energy future?

Carbon sequestration could be in the the Tri-City area’s future. DTE Energy confirmed last week that the company has started to explore the possibility of pumping carbon dioxide into underground reservoirs in Lapeer County and the surrounding area. Undoubtedly...

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OK2SAY one of many crucial school safety tools

Nearly two months after a deadly shooting at Oxford High School, school safety remains top of mind for many students, parents and districts. Close to 100 participants—in-person and virtually—took part in a forum hosted by Almont Community Schools last week. Reviewing...

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A new way to address “brain drain”

It’s refreshing to see the Four County Community Foundation create a new strategy to address the “brain drain” so many small communities wrestle with. Their plan is to partner with local businesses to arrange eight week, full-time paid summer internships for college...

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Local governments need reliable funding

Before breaking for the holidays, elected leaders in Lansing passed a series of bills intended to help businesses recover from the economic effects from COVID-19. It’s referred to as the Make it in Michigan plan and the main focus of the bills is to attract new...

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Individual actions can benefit everyone

We can and should do everything in our power to relieve the burden on our local health care systems as they endure another surge in COVID-19 cases. As we approach the pandemic’s two-year mark, everyone is growing weary of the precautions we’re being asked to take but...

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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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