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Editorials and columns

People really want us to tackle housing

“The only thing worse than not requesting feedback is not acting on it.” — Frank Sonnenberg, “Listen to Your Conscience: That’s Why You Have One” Northeast Michigan’s decision-makers have their marching orders: First, build more housing. Second, bring in more jobs. That’s ...

Important to talk, learn about mental health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which has been observed since 1949. So, why does mental health still feel like a taboo topic? Maybe we’re all just uninformed, perhaps some are ignorant, and, honestly, it can be tough to understand. Not understanding is reasonable. When you ...

Congrats, area graduates

It’s that bittersweet season, when we beam with pride over the accomplishments of our high school and college graduates but know we’ll miss them as they head off into the real world, and when our students themselves practically vibrate at the excitement over the next chapter of their lives ...

Never questioned my dream job

There’s nothing quite like a good vacation to rejuvenate one’s soul. While vacations come in many shapes and colors, mine often involve sand, surf, sea shells, and, of course, good food. Diane and I just returned from St. Augustine, Florida, one of our favorite getaway spots. In fact, ...

Lust of the eyes

Confessing my sins, Part Two: The Bible highlights three: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Let’s take a look at our eyes. Why do my eyes lust? “Lust” is a rather loaded word. Modern translators give us slightly different takes: “the things our ...

That time I ejected a coach

I have heard umpires brag about how many coaches or players they have ejected. Not me. One of the things about my high school baseball umpiring career of which I am most proud is that I got along with almost every coach and in my entire career and only ejected one high school coach. ...