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Editorials and columns

Giving Tuesday lived up to its name!

Northeast Michigan, you did yourself proud this past Tuesday — or should I say this past Giving Tuesday, which falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Locally, it is spearheaded by the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan, held in conjunction with the Community Foundations for ...

Invest in child care aid smartly

It excited us to learn that the state would set aside $1.4 billion in federal money over the next two years to invest in child care startups. It troubled us to learn just how hard it could be for child care providers to get that money. As News staff writer Barbara Woodham reported recently, ...

A Christmas column: Playing with Christmas gifts that last a lifetime

As a small child, long, long ago in Detroit, all I wanted for Christmas was Fisher Price Little People. I can remember this, even though I was only in kindergarten. My parents, who were not very well off at the time, came through with a little help from Santa and I was thrilled. After two ...

Have patience this weird season

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but this one will be unlike any other except perhaps last year’s. Businesses everywhere are dealing with short staffs and supply chain issues. Because of those, many businesses also must deal with unruly customers who have no patience and take ...

Faith a Christmas must-have

“We do not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” ­— Chief Si’ahl Seattle Suquamish Leader. There is a new front in the “War on Christmas.” The Stoneleigh P, an upscale bar in Dallas, Texas, is limiting play of Mariah ...

A Christmas column: Thankful for the gift of music at Christmas

As an adult, I’ll admit that sometimes it’s hard to remember gifts I’ve gotten for Christmases past. These days, I have clearer memories of gifts I’ve given to friends and family than gifts I’ve received. But, to me, the best Christmas gifts are the ones you don’t expect; the ones ...