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Editorials and columns

Recycling a worthwhile investment

Reporter Steve Schulwitz told us recently that Alpena County has a few directions it might go to spend the $5.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act money it received from the federal government. It might invest in some of its own current facilities, some of which need significant ...

A different start to a new year

I had a different start this year — a newness unlike any before — one I’m having trouble categorizing, as it may fall into the miraculous, carrying as it does elements of divine intervention. I’m not sure of that, but I’ve taken no chances and covered the possibility with more than ...

No spoilers allowed

Got spoilers? For heaven’s sake, keep them to yourself. I’m lookin’ at you, Steve. Ever since my coworker saw the latest Spider-Man movie, he’s practically had to duct tape his mouth shut to keep from blurting out the juicy details to the other superhero nerds in the ...

Trust Fund grants worth celebrating

The holidays came early this year for the good people of Michigan but you’ll have to put on boots and a coat because these presents are waiting for you right outside. At its meeting Dec 1, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board awarded more than $22 million in grants for 22 land ...

Give bond careful consideration

Hillman Community Schools will ask voters in May to approve a $22.1 million bond so the district can raise funds to close its elementary school and build a new wing for elementary students on the existing junior-senior high school. To pay back the bonds, the district expects to levy 3.3 mills ...

What exactly is normalcy?

I saw something flash across my phone the other day, and the first sentence caught my attention. It went like this: “For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900.” Now, of course, I wasn’t born that year, but both my grandparents on my mother’s ...