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Editorials and columns

Bring veterans cemetery to Presque Isle County

The state is considering both Presque Isle County and Crawford County as potential sites of a new national veterans cemetery. We encourage the state to bring that cemetery to Presque Isle County. State Rep. Cam Cavitt, R-Cheboygan, who represents Northeast Michigan, told News staff writer ...

Murals add beauty to the city

There’s a new mural going up downtown. Tim Nijenhuis, of Hamilton, Ontario, painted a mural behind Hopside Brewery featuring a depiction of Jesse Besser surrounded by cinder blocks, paying homage to Besser’s contributions to the concrete industry. The mural is one of this year’s ...

Natural disasters could point people toward Great Lakes

As we continue to battle bouts of severe summer weather here in the Great Lakes region, my mind turns to some big-picture items. We’ve had our fair share of severe storms — the Sandusky area, especially, has been hit hard in 2023 with multiple events that have damaged property. And ...

Geezerfest for Baby Boomers

Before and after COVID-19’s high impact, Penny and I would travel to American cities one or both of us have never visited. In part, our citY shopping list included Buffalo, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Denver, Cleveland, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and St. Louis. Many of those ...

The debate, a raid, and congressional gridlock

With so much going on right now in the worlds of politics and journalism, I couldn’t decide the subject on which I wanted to opine in this piece. So how about some rapid-fire tidbits on at least a few of them? Here we go: REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE Eight people who are not ...

Political debates more like performance theater

According to ratings data from Nielsen, the Republican presidential primary debate in Milwaukee on Wednesday attracted more than 11 million viewers. According to the Washington Post, that’s less than half the viewership that tuned in for the first primary debate in 2016, when Donald Trump ...