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Editorials and columns

Fork in the road; now what?

At least once in our lives, we all come to that proverbial fork in the road. We can do two things: “Stick a fork in it, we’re finished!,” or, “Grab your fork, let’s eat!” History has shown us the same dilemma exists for every country past and present, including the United ...

Vote informed

Election season is in full swing, with primary races for local, state, and federal offices and local August ballot proposals now clear. Now is the time to start studying. It’s important to know the candidates and their positions on the issues important to you. It’s important to know ...

Making your voice heard

Two decades ago, I took my oldest daughter, Elizabeth, on a prospective college tour. One of the visits was to Kent State University. When we parked our car, we noticed at the edge of the lot a bronze plaque. She asked me what the sign signifies. I shared with her that, on May 4, 1970, ...

APS on right track with strategic plan

Alpena Public Schools continues to craft its strategic plan, but we like where the district is headed. News staff writer Temi Fadayomi reported recently that APS Superintendent Dave Rabbideau and the APS Board of Education recently reviewed the latest draft of the plan, which the district ...

Lessons learned when the clown doesn’t show up

I operate best with a plan. I don’t understand people who are comfortable waking up and allowing a day to unfold. Why would anyone chance missing an opportunity? Or let a full 24 hours run free? How do they know it’s a good day with no set expectations or goals to measure against? And if ...

Taxpayers soaked to last drop

Fay Beydoun sparked a Venti-sized scandal when she used a state grant to buy a $4,500 coffeemaker. Beydoun, an Oakland County businesswoman, secured $20 million from the state for her nonprofit Global Link International, then used the money for several eyebrow-raising purchases. Lawmakers ...