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Editorials and columns

Finding value in little moments

Three years had gone by since I experienced the break-in. I was able to purchase my first home, an apartment-style condominium on the third floor with security doors. I felt safe locked in my “ivory tower.” How could anyone possibly get access to me and hurt me now?! My life was beginning ...

Congratulations, Hubbard Lake Community Center

Well, you’ve done it again, Northeast Michigan. Your generosity never fails to astound us. You have collectively given $710,000 to the effort to build a new Hubbard Lake Community Center, meaning the group behind that effort can break ground on Sunday, News Lifestyles Editor Darby Hinkley ...

Measuring need is critical

Discussions around socioeconomic status and the labels that go with it are often subjective. My mother, raising a family of four on a single income, called us middle class. My aunt, a single mother with two kids and one income? Also middle class. My father’s family growing up with two ...

Glad to see Saul on ballot

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, will have a primary challenger for his 1st Congressional District seat, after all. That’s a good thing, not because we believe Bergman’s doing a bad job or because we think his primary opponent can do it better, but merely because we believe voters ...

ALICE in the crosscurrents

The Michigan Association of United Ways recently released new ALICE update that shows wage growth was no match for inflation after a decade of falling behind. ALICE stands for Assets Limited Income Constrained Employed. Though wages for the lowest paid jobs have risen across the country at the ...

Poll results on democracy

The trusty old thesaurus suggests there are 52 synonyms for the word “shocking,” ranging from “distressing” to “shameful” and everything in between. And, in this case, every one of them applies to the latest polling data on the state of our democracy: Thirty-three percent ...