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Thankfully, president backing away from eliminating 529 plan tax breaks

February 2, 2015 Making community college free for virtually anyone who wants to attend is a plan President Barack Obama is eager for the public to know about — and, of course, to be grateful to him as its author. more »»

Take the time to consider vaccinations

January 31, 2015 A lot has been written on vaccinations in the newspaper recently. more »»

Learning from storms past, present

January 31, 2015 One of the films that played during last weekend's Thunder Bay International Film Festival was “The Great Storm of 1913” by Kevin Essebaggers and Corey Adkins of 9&10 News in Cadillac. more »»

ARMC has tips to successful weight loss

January 31, 2015 As a nutrition expert and health/behavior change expert, Melissa Tolan-Halleck, Alpena Regional Medical Center’s community health education coordinator, notes this time of year can be frustrating... more »»

Ordinary to extraordinary

January 31, 2015 Time and seasons move so quickly. We celebrated Christmas ... and now it is a memory. Very soon we will prepare for the Season of Lent, which begins Feb. 18 with Ash Wednesday. more »»

Pettalia will play role in road funding

January 30, 2015 Political pundits from across Michigan seem to agree that if the sales tax ballot proposal were put to voters today, it would fail. more »»

Regulations need to be consistent

January 29, 2015 Businesses find it difficult to function in an on-again, off-again regulatory environment. more »»

Career days at schools are here

January 27, 2015 This is the time of year when schools host career days. The Alpena High School held its recently and later this week I will be at Thunder Bay Junior High for its career day. more »»

Time for Congress to rein in White House

January 27, 2015 Some members of a U.S. Senate committee have the right idea — reducing federal mandates for public schools — but in the context of President Barack Obama’s administration their approach seems naiv. more »»

Obamacare’s website is the culprit for cybersecurity leaks

January 26, 2015 Even as President Barack Obama was using his State of the Union speech to recommend stronger cybersecurity for Americans, his administration was engaged in perhaps the most massive exchange of... more »»

Free tuition is nice idea but not practical

January 24, 2015 How often have we heard “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?” When it comes to President Barack Obama’s proposed free education for community colleges, it probably is. more »»

Most often it is action that speaks louder than words

January 24, 2015 I always know we as a newspaper are remaining objective in our news reporting if two complaint calls come in after a story - one from each side of the issue. more »»

Living healthy is living brave

January 24, 2015 Fast food addiction. Binge eating. Smoking. Multiple Sclerosis. Cystic Fibrosis. Cancer. Obesity. Postpartum depression. Pain killers. Medication. Surgery. Death of loved one. more »»

Questions Anyone?

January 24, 2015 Musky Stocking Q. Reader Steve Tretinik asks, "What kind of musky is the DNR planting in the Thunder Bay River and why is the DNR planting more musky when they are already in the river?" A. more »»

Snyder calls for renewed debate on state's discrimination policy

January 24, 2015 It was only a brief mention, but during his State of the State address Tuesday in Lansing, Republican Gov. more »»

Film Festival benefits region

January 23, 2015 Lights, Camera, Action! The silver screen has arrived in Northeast Michigan already this week, and will continue today through Sunday at the Second Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival. more »»

Great ideas gone awry

January 22, 2015 Among the best ideas adopted in West Virginia during the past several years was state Sen. Jeff Kessler’s Future Fund. more »»

The journey to eliminate race as a factor still ongoing

January 21, 2015 During the past year it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. more »»

The effects of current gas prices

January 21, 2015 Editor Bill Speer and I have a verbal contract concerning this column. He doesn’t pay me nor control anything I writ. more »»

Pipeline opposition should recall 1973 Arab oil embargo

January 20, 2015 An objection to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline being made by some of its liberal opponents may be based on the fact at least 60 percent of Americans are too young to remember the 1973 Arab oil... more »»



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