Opinion

Having a reason to celebrate

Birthdays are supposed to be happy occasions but this year the 244th anniversary of our country’s birth feels different. Current events are weighing heavily on our minds and dominating our conversations too. For the past three months we’ve been fighting a pandemic...

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Youatt embodied vision, positivity

Outgoing city manager Tom Youatt has accomplished a lot on behalf of the citizens of Imlay City in just the six years he’s been on the job and city commissioners recognize that fact. The mayoral proclamation presented to Youatt at his last meeting comprises a...

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Staying safe in summer travels

Sometimes we pay a price for the mobility we generally enjoy. During the coronavirus pandemic and associated stay home orders, that mobility was restricted and it was especially evident on our state’s roadways. The Michigan Department of Transportation estimates that...

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Hiring process needs to be transparent

The role of city manager is an important one. From overseeing departments and employees to crafting budgets, addressing citizens’ needs, serving as the city’s spokesperson and advising city commissioners—the person who holds this job performs many critical tasks....

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The value of the U.S. Postal Service

Chances are that you’re reading this editorial after having retrieved this newspaper from your mailbox. The majority of our readers are those who faithfully subscribe so that means the U.S. Postal Service plays a major role in us being able to keep you informed every...

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Cheering on the Class of 2020

This is traditionally the season of caps and gowns, Pomp and Circumstance and inspiring speeches, but the ongoing pandemic has upended what’s been the tradition in our local high schools. It’s unfortunate that graduating seniors have missed out on experiencing special...

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Marking a solemn day with silence

In our sound-bite and notification-dependent society, silence isn’t all that common in our daily lives. Although this current reality has its pitfalls, it might make silence—when we can achieve it—all that more momentous. Considering that most local Memorial Day...

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Mental health professionals stand ready to help

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The current pandemic has likely made many of us take a renewed interest in or our own mental health and that of our friends and family. The loss of routines and personal connections, changes to our incomes and sometimes empty...

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Supporting the most vulnerable post-pandemic

At the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, a certain meme was being circulated on social media that had a simple but pretty powerful message. It said, with some variation, “Your grandparents were called to war. You’re being called to sit on your couch. You can do...

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Census 2020: Be counted for the sake of this place we call home

It’s a Census year and it’s important that everyone who lives in our country gets counted. Obviously, most of you feel the same way. Residents in Lapeer and St. Clair counties are being responsible and completing their 2020 Census forms at a higher rate than the state...

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