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Editorials and columns

Tell it to the tattle-phone

Several years back, there was a popular movement to stop complaining for 21 days. It was a challenge people would give themselves. Whole companies would get on board and challenge their employees to participate. The challenge had fairly simply rules, on the surface: 1. Get (and wear) an ...

Benishek death opportunity to recall service to district

Former congressman Dan Benishek died unexpectedly Friday night at 69 years of age. Known informally as “Dr. Dan,” because of a career in medical practice, Benishek served in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan’s First District from 2011 to 2017. Choosing to not ...

Whitmer stands in the way of health professionals

Michigan hospitals say they have a shortage of nurses, which is making it harder to fight COVID-19. Unfortunately, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has made it harder for nurses to get employed and do work they are qualified for. The Henry Ford Health System says the number of job applicants has ...

School staff shortage very concerning

We read with great concern over the weekend that Alcona Community Schools had canceled Monday classes not because of bad weather or widespread illness, but because of a shortage of staff needed to run the district. Certainly, illness could have contributed to the shortage. The state on Sept. ...

Republican still bangs the fraud drum

Former President Donald Trump has all 11 GOP candidates for governor right where he wants them, just dying — maybe even begging somehow — to get his endorsement in next year’s August primary. Talk about a boost to the old ego. Since a whole bunch of the voters in the Republican ...

Let’s talk a bit about fear …

“That corpse you planted last year in your garden, Has it begun to sprout?” — T. S. Eliot, “The Wasteland” Let’s talk about fear. It’s almost Halloween, after all. As a child, I feared more or less everything: quicksand, stormtroopers, the elaborate traps set in place to ...