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Editorials and columns

Thanks, Whitmer team, for reaching out

We editorialized on Monday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team need to make themselves more readily available to questions from local press, especially when they show up in the back yards of newspapers such as The News. We have to give credit where credit is due. Her team has done ...

How we can strengthen our foundation for families

My wife enjoys watching home renovation shows, and, amidst the chaotic and uncertain times of the last year, I have found it comforting to watch a team build something not just livable but beautiful. Our state spending should follow similar ideas. To make a Michigan that’s truly livable ...

Support farmers; shop farmers markets

In Saturday’s edition of The News, staff writer Julie Riddle shared the joys and tribulations of working as a farmers market farmer in Northeast Michigan. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s good work,” said beekeeper Jerry Rutherford. “Are you going to live on it? No,” baker Evelyn ...

Thank you, Sen. Carl Levin

When he was growing up, he wanted to be a basketball player, but his college coach told him “that will never happen.” While growing up, his mom wanted him to be a piano player. He told her what the coach had told him. Instead, Carl Levin grew up to be the longest-serving U.S. senator ...

Whitmer needs to make her team available to local press

Repeatedly throughout her tenure, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer or her team have snuck into Northeast Michigan either in person or virtually without alerting the local press. The last time the governor spoke to The News was February 2019, during a tour of Alpena Community College early in her tenure ...

Why I continue to serve as a firefighter

This guest column was only intended for News cartoonist Eric Roorda and News Publisher/Editor Justin Hinkley. Mr. Hinkley asked if he could print it. Since you are reading it, I want to make three points: First, I know Dr. Roorda meant no disrespect and did not intend to hurt local ...