Opinion

Why do voters choose to sit on the sidelines?

Election Day for the 2022 primary has come and gone. In general, both the candidates and ballot proposals were plentiful but the voters were not. According to their respective clerks, just 33.45 percent of registered voters in St. Clair County and 32.83 percent of...

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Get rid of hazardous waste September 21

It’s good to hear that Lapeer County’s Clean Sweep and Household Hazardous Waste collection program is returning in 2022 and is open to all Lapeer County residents and farmers. This is an important opportunity to properly dispose of items that aren’t accepted in...

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August primary election observations

Just about every election has something unique that makes it stand out from others and and the August 2022 primary is no different. On both the candidate and proposal sides of the ballot, casual observers will probably notice some themes. As for candidates, it’s...

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Banner programs are meaningful

There’s already a lot that should catch your eye while driving or walking through downtown Imlay City and the return of the Downtown Development Authority’s Hometown Heroes banner program honoring veterans just adds to that. The tastefully composed banners, found on...

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Parents play a big part in teens driving safely

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the 100 days spanning from Memorial Day to Labor Day are marked with more fatal crashes than any other point during the year, especially for teens. It only makes sense that more teen drivers are on the road...

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Absentee ballots and accessibility

Absentee ballots for the August 2 primary election are now available from local clerks in Lapeer and St. Clair counties. During the last election cycle, the Secretary of State’s office sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters through the mail. This...

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The struggle to preserve history

Historical societies, like most organizations, experience their share of highs and lows. As the Almont Community Historical Society marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of their museum this month, and revisited their own history, it served as a reminder of the...

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Staying cool and safe this summer

The official first day of summer arrived yesterday, June 21, and new high temperature records were likely set. The thermometer is bound to soar upward several times this season and although we grow accustomed to it, it never hurts to brush up on the latest heat safety...

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Access to healthy food remains fragile

We’ve all been riding a roller coaster of daily challenges for the last three years and that includes the necessity that is food. In the early days of the pandemic, hoarding and panic buying made it difficult for people—often regardless of resources—to get the...

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Tough but rewarding work

Recently, Lapeer County EMS recognized local first responders who, thanks to their training and quick thinking, helped saved the lives of several individuals experiencing cardiac arrest. Upon reading the incident descriptions associated with each incident, it’s clear...

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