Opinion

Monopoly isn’t a game for newspapers

The following opinion piece was written by Dean Riddings, CEO, America’s Newspapers and reprinted here with permission. America’s Newspapers is committed to explaining, defending and advancing the vital role of newspapers in democracy and civil life. They put an...

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Support youth success through scholarship

Scholarship season is here. If you’re a soon-to-be or recent graduate or the parent of one looking to get some help paying for college or trade school, this can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking moment. Gathering all the right papers, filling out all the...

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Stay warm, stay safe

This week we’ve experienced the coldest temperatures so far this winter season, the National Weather Service is reporting. We expect a Michigan winter to always deliver a few cold snaps but the bitter conditions like we’ve seen recently can still deliver a shock to...

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Doing to learn and feeding the world

Our country and world depends on experts in agriculture to ensure we can maintain a sufficient food supply while facing an array of challenges like population growth, demand for resources and changes in climate and weather. Besides the farmers and people who harvest...

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Towards a more healthy, mobile community

Earlier this month, the Four County Community Foundation applied for a grant to study the options for bringing public transportation to eastern Lapeer County. The foundation’s annual Needs Assessment survey showed that local residents, particularly senior citizens,...

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Heed sheriff’s warnings about scammers

We’ve all become more vigilant about the scams and imposters that lurk online but news this week from a local police agency serves as a reminder that we also can’t let our guard down when the phone rings. Last week the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office reported that...

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Don’t pick up that phone

For obvious reasons, public health officials are glad that many residents are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Although it will take time, the vaccine appears to be the best tool at our disposal to emerge from our almost year-long pandemic. Anticipating the...

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Smaller communities need a strong voice too

Imlay City and Almont deserve to have a strong representative on the county commission. Ian Kempf made a commitment to being that kind of elected official for the past 20 years and we hope that his successor in District 7, Bryan Zender, will do the same. District 7...

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Channeling unity for the good of all

It’s kind of rare when one event defines almost an entire year but the coronavirus pandemic has done just that. A lot has happened in the last 12 months, but everyone on every level has been touched by the virus in some way. We’ve known someone who got sick or sadly,...

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Re-working Christmas to spread cheer

This has been a difficult year, to say the least. Since March our every day lives have been impacted by the coronavirus in ways both big and small. Now we’re on the cusp of Christmas, likely the biggest holiday on the calendar, and those challenges only seem to...

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