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Editorials and columns

Mural defacement speaks to malicious attitudes in nation

A disturbing but not unexpected report from the Lower Peninsula is another sign of the times, troubling as they may be. The Associated Press reports that a Black Lives Matter street mural painted this summer in Ypsilanti has been defaced by vandals who covered part of it with white ...

The death of civility?

As a professional writer and avid reader, sometimes, something falls into my lap that is just written way too well for me to try and mold into my own words. Something that captures my own thoughts so precisely and eloquently. That’s how I felt when I stumbled upon this piece, written by ...

Let’s all try to laugh a little today

“Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” — Mark Twain, “The Mysterious Stranger” I’ve never been able to write funny. Something in my bones always turns me dark or sappy when I get at the keyboard. Which I find shameful, because plenty of funny things have ...

What the wooly worms tell us about winter

Diane and I have been spending a lot of time this past week outside the house, preparing the garden and yard for the transition from summer to autumn and then winter. As we have worked, Diane has pointed out several times now the abundance of wooly worms she has come across in the gardens. ...

Let’s return to Snyder-era budget timeline

We’ll make no statement here on the content of the state budgets under former Gov. Rick Snyder, but we wish the Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could keep the budget timelines Snyder and former legislative leaders kept throughout his tenure. The state budget runs from Oct. 1 through ...

Cherish a pleasant valley view

My best friend, John Kaufman — naval officer and college professor, whose unique sense of humor was well-employed telling Tony’s Hamburg’s rouged waitress and slinking cat stories — was a good guy and bogey golfer who died young. Prostate cancer came, and, when it did, it roared, ...