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Editorials and columns

The return of Business Expo, book sale

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I ...

ACC, MacMaster blessings to Northeast Michigan

The university’s mascot was the Hilltoppers That should have been the first clue. The college students referred to the windy, twisting road up the hill to get there as the “cow path to culture.” The truth is my wife’s alma mater, West Liberty State University in West Virginia, is a ...

Cooler heads must prevail amid commission chaos

It concerned us greatly to read of the ongoing turmoil surrounding the Alcona County Commission on Aging. What began last month as a discussion on how best to use a $12.5 million allotment from the state devolved into chaos over several days this week. Rather than working together, the ...

Imperfect heroes

“‘I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the LORD.” — Jeremiah 1:19b Whenever I go for a drive, a superhero travels with me, a jaunty tin helmet on his head. For several years, I’ve traveled Northeast Michigan roads in my work for The Alpena News with a stuffed Super Grover ...

Fix OMA for members and public

The COVID-19 pandemic brought many things to light — some not so good, like a tendency to insert politics where it doesn’t belong. Some pretty good, like a participation spike in government when meetings were remote. While there are few things we are nostalgic about from the pandemic, ...

Juvenile justice beds needed

Michigan has two state-operated juvenile residential facilities: the Shawono Center in Grayling and the Bay Pines Center in Escanaba. The state also has 25 county or court-operated juvenile detention facilities, according to a 2020 report from Wayne State University. None are in Northeast ...