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Editorials and columns

Finding the good in a delayed funeral service

Shared experiences are oddly comforting. It’s often nice to know we are not the only one going through something. One of the more unfortunate shared experiences of 2020-21 was losing a loved one. During the height of the pandemic, funeral or memorial services were not feasible like ...

Clarity needed on government virus funds

It’s hard to deny the truth in the old adage that, sometimes, you have to spend money to make money. But no one — least of all governments using taxpayer dollars — should have to spend money to spend money. Yet Alpena County and many other local governments across the nation find ...

Will voters respond to James Craig?

Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig continues to make news by not making news. The Democrats are howling that the chief has political media in his dust. Yeah, the optics look bad, because it’s not nice to mess with the press. But it’s a free country, and, if he doesn’t want ...

Worried about a teacher shortage? Make it easier to become a teacher

For decades, voices in the media have repeated the cry about an alleged teacher shortage in Michigan. Finding teachers in some subjects and in some areas of the state is often a challenge. But, for the most part, there are still plenty of educators and plenty of applicants for teaching ...

Getting handle on litter helps Lake Superior

It’s not uncommon to see discarded cigarette remnants littering roadsides, parks and even the lakeshore. However, a recent collaboration between the Superior Watershed Partnership, the city of Marquette and community volunteers aims to help address the issue, as they have installed five ...

Slow down, drive safe

Northeast Michigan roadways have been a dangerous place of late. On Sunday, a Detroit-area woman died in a crash on Ossineke Road in Sanborn Township. On Monday, three cars piled up on Chisholm Street near Ninth Avenue. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Last week, two crashes happened back to ...