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Opinion

Chain of people come to the rescue

Editorials and columns

Stories of courage exhibited by local residents helping others in danger are gratifyingly common. Normally, however, they involve only a handful of good Samaritans. More — many more — got into the act a few days ago at a beach in Florida. A couple of boys became trapped in a rip tide ...

Campers — towing and riding

Editorials and columns

In the past few weeks, everyone has started to enjoy a northern Michigan pasttime, camping. I was approached by a reader and asked if it is legal to ride in a camper that is being towed by a vehicle. The individual was specifically asking about the legality of children riding in a ...

Rewarding a murdering extremist is wrong

Editorials and columns

Let us hope Omar Khadr never gets to enjoy a dime of the $8 million the Canadian government has awarded him, or gets to send any of it to his terrorist chums in Afghanistan. Khadr, a native of Canada, was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops battling Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan. ...

A turtle and frog health care system

Editorials and columns

By the score they were dying from horrendous injuries. No medical care was afforded them, nor was health care coverage available in any form, from any source. It was happening when drivers took their eyes off the road, when they moved along being pulled this way or that, or when they ...

Something needs to be done to pull in Kim

Editorials and columns

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

State fire chief mum on fireworks

Editorials and columns

Someone suggested it's like the FBI director refusing to take a stance against crime as the state fire marshal, whose job it is to protect human life, has boldly declared he does not have a position on junking the state's explosive fireworks law. Ten weeks ago, after quietly accepting the ...

Cuts would have adverse effect on region

Letters to the Editor

We the undersigned, as representatives of arts and cultural organizations in Northeast Michigan, are concerned with proposals to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services from the federal budget. ...

Repealing Obamacare not the right answer

Letters to the Editor

One of the things that makes Obamacare work is that the rich pay a small tax. This creates a fund to insure people that have struggled to afford care. As a deliberate feature of Obamacare, this means long-term savings for the system, because preventative care is much cheaper than a trip to the ...

And now for some really fake hot dog news

Editorials and columns

The food department at the New York Times recently taste-tested 10 hot dog brands to determine the best. Koegel franks and Viennas from Flint were not on the list. Now that's what I call fake news. I'm sorry to use a Trump term like that, especially a bogus one, but my buns are ...

Increases at Plaza Pool too much to handle

Letters to the Editor

I started out at the Plaza Pool about nine years ago. As a veteran it cost me $150 then. It went up to $300, now up to $450, with a decrease in members every time the price increased. There used to be 25-30 people in Senior exercise class, now about 12. Maybe it is time for new management for ...

Disagrees with recent editorial

Letters to the Editor

I disagree with your call for a repeal of Obamacare. Adjustments and fixes to the original bill are certainly in order, but to repeal it without a reasonable and acceptable alternative is akin to throwing out the baby with the bath water. We need to keep what works and fix what ...

Adventure across the falls

Editorials and columns

It is hard to believe that it has been roughly three weeks since the first day of summer made its appearance on the calendar. It seems as though the two most popular ways to spend it were either racing outside to catch some sun rays before a random downpour made an appearance, or bask in front ...

Solution for Lakeside Park a sensible plan

Editorials and columns

In the summer, hoop dreams often are realized at a place like Lakeside Park in Rogers City. And while those basketball dreams often might be accompanied by some bravado, some music and some bragging rights, foul language need not, and should not, be a part of the setting. We strongly ...

Push for deeper appreciation

Editorials and columns

On a completely spontaneous whim recently, a friend and I decided to ride bikes around Hubbard Lake. We didn’t check the weather or do much to prepare. We grabbed a few water bottles, which we had to secure to our bikes using hair elastics since they were small for the bottle holders, packed ...

Growing toward the light

Editorials and columns

We decided to plant a vegetable garden this year at our house. We’ve attempted this task many times before without much success. Great enthusiasm goes into starting the seeds in windowsill planters while snow is still melting outside. The enthusiasm remains strong as the plants emerge from ...

Good advice from our Founding Fathers

Editorials and columns

“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately,” Benjamin Franklin commented after the nation’s founders declared independence from Great Britain. As so often seems to be the case, the advice is as good now as it was more than two centuries ago. For all the ...

Flint’s role in the 2018 governor’s race

Editorials and columns

The know-it-all pundits are quick to suggest that "it's the economy stupid" that plays a major role in statewide elections. After all most voters want jobs. But they need something else more essential because without water they can't survive to find a job. As the 2018 race for governor ...