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Editorials and columns

Paid parking a necessary evil, with caveats

Alpena city officials are moving closer to paid parking downtown than they have in years. We support that decision, because it’s a necessary evil. No one likes to pay for parking. It’s frustrating and can get expensive if you work or live downtown and want to park close to your place of ...

How we beat Ohio in class

Michigan’s longstanding rivalry with the Buckeyes on the college gridiron is no secret. Less well-known is our state’s struggle to keep up with the educational opportunities Ohio offers to students and families. Thankfully, our state may have an opportunity to dramatically shrink one ...

Give, give, then give some more (locally)

Today is Giving Tuesday, the annual celebration of charity that happens the day after the shopping frenzies of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day to help make charities as successful as retailers get from the two busiest shopping days of the year. We urge every reader to ...

Say hello to Kevin Rinke

Unless you are an Up North transplant from southern lower Michigan, the name Rinke won’t mean squat to you. If you once lived down there, you recognize it as the name of a longstanding car dealership started by Grandpa Rinke many moons ago. Well, Grandpa’s grandson is hoping to give ...

A Christmas column: The best gift is a furry friend

The best Christmas present I’ve ever received? This one took a lot of thinking, but I think I’ve narrowed it down to two Christmas gifts. I know choosing two is kind of cheating, but I can’t decide. One I got a couple years ago, about 2018 or 2019, and that was a sewing machine. Now ...

Demand transparency from Redistricting Commission

The Michigan Press Association strongly supports the public’s right to know. If you pay attention to headlines, no doubt you’ve been reading about issues with how Michigan’s new Independent Redistricting Commission has carried out its conversations about our state’s new redistricting ...