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Editorials and columns

Convenience vs. simplicity

“If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?” — book title by Erma Bombeck “Alexa, pit these cherries for me.’ To suggest that a bowl of cherries will be pitted on command to an interactive gadget may be ludicrous, but it is illustrative of the nature of humankind ...

State school budget supports success

There is no question that access to a quality education helps students achieve their full potential, build a brighter future for themselves and make positive contributions to their communities. And, yet, Michigan has gone from being one of the top states in the country for educational ...

Health rankings concerning

Northeast Michigan is unhealthy compared to counties elsewhere in Michigan. Alpena County fares best in Northeast Michigan, ranking a middling 36th out of Michigan’s 83 counties, according to County Health Rankings, a University of Wisconsin program that scores counties across the U.S. on ...

Will this sheriff run for governor?

For everybody over the age of (fill in the blank), you’ll remember the old TV show “I’ve Got a Secret.” Chris Swanson has a secret, but he’s not ready to admit it. Chris who? For you transplants from downstate, you may have seen him on the local news as the sheriff of Genesee ...

Making the biblical case for journalism

“These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.” — Zechariah 8:16 When I was a young boy, my mother studied the Bible intently. I can still picture her on the floor of our modest home on Euclid Street ...

A lot of papers and a whole lot of repetition

“A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition and more repetition, then a little more after that.” — Reggie Jackson Working in newspapers, I suppose there’s a certain comfort in repetition. Sure, no two days are alike, but there’s a certain rhythm that ...