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Editorials and columns

No virus farewell just yet

There, there. That wasn’t so bad after all, was it? Oh, yes, it was. So, 470-plus days into this gawd-awful COVID-19 thing, the governor has declared that, as of June 22, all of those restrictive restrictions she slapped on most of the state’s population have gone poof. No more news ...

Don’t defund police, ‘re-fund’ police

We need police, almost all of whom perform their jobs honorably and admirably, to keep us safe. Police do more than arrest bad guys and keep drugs, guns, and other dangers off our streets. They also help with everything from medical emergencies to fires to keeping our roadways moving ...

Learning to see the shapes of things

Years ago, I called for a tow truck. The woman on the other end of the line asked the customary questions: “What’s wrong with the car?” (It no longer moves). “Where is it?” (Outside my window). After hanging up, I noticed that my girlfriend was staring at me in mute ...

Thoughts on fish and fights and fatherhood

“‘I wish the world wasn’t the way it is and that things didn’t have to happen to brothers.’ “‘I do, too,’ Thomas Hudson said. ‘You’re an awfully good boy, Tommy. But please know I would have stopped this long ago except that I know that if David catches this fish he’ll ...

A truly blessed Northeast Michigan summer

School’s out, Alpena strawberries are in, and the weather seems just about perfect outside. Does it really get any better than this? I was thinking about that the other day after having just returned home from a birthday party with one of my granddaughters. And, while that was fun and ...

Vaccinate teens against COVID-19

It worried us to read News staff writer Crystal Nelson’s recent report that less than 5% of Northeast Michigan teens had received the coronavirus vaccine since they became eligible to do so last month. As of Nelson’s reporting, only 65 out of more than 2,300 12- to 15-year-olds in ...