Opinion

Almont deserves reliable electric service

This has been a challenging year for just about every entity and schools are no exception. Unfortunately, Almont Community Schools was thrown an extra curveball last month when a wind storm toppled trees that took out power lines. A power outage and surge ensued and...

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Transparency counts now more than ever

Editor’s note: The following was written by Dirk Milliman, Public Policy Committee Chairman of the Michigan Press Association. The public notice legislation Milliman refers to was voted down by the House of Representatives last week but it appears the matter will be...

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Downtown parks can help boost business

The average citizen knows the merits of public parks. They’re places to play, explore and connect with nature and our neighbors. Our region is fortunate to have many well maintained spaces that offer a range of activities and it’s encouraging to see municipalities and...

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Sharing bounty with our community

Of all our holidays, Thanksgiving is probably the most centered on food and for good reason. It originated as a harvest festival and although most of us no longer directly produce the food we eat, it’s still the ideal time to celebrate the bounty of the earth and...

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What do those ‘no’ votes mean?

The results of this month’s general election were generally good for municipalities seeking funding approval or renewal from voters. In Lapeer County, it was somewhat surprising that two measures did not pass—a millage renewal request for Goodland Township Library...

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Showing thanks through service

Today we pause to honor the service given to our country by members of the military. Often times our spoken thanks seems insufficient for the sacrifices our service men and women have made. As several stories in this week’s edition illustrates, one of the best way to...

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The difference a year makes

It’s an exciting time for Imlay City Schools as they approach the next and largest phase of their bond projects. Late last month, the board authorized more than $15.1 million in bids related to two new construction projects—a classroom addition at Weston Elementary...

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An election to remember

This year, 2020, will go down in history for many reasons and the November 3 general election is likely to be one of them. Pair a pandemic with anticipated record voter turnout plus the associated high demand for absentee ballots and the convergence of those factors...

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Boulevard: A promising proposal for safety

Last week’s news that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)is considering installing a boulevard on a portion of M-53 in Imlay City was surprising but encouraging. Traffic volumes and a lack of controls makes it difficult and sometime dangerous to access...

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Making our interconnected world safer

We take great pains to protect our valuable possessions. We put our money into banks for safe keeping, lock the doors to our homes and vehicles and carry insurance on a wide variety of our belongings. Unfortunately, it appears we need to utilize some of those same...

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