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Opinion

Have patience this weird season

Editorials and columns

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but this one will be unlike any other except perhaps last year’s. Businesses everywhere are dealing with short staffs and supply chain issues. Because of those, many businesses also must deal with unruly customers who have no patience and take ...

Faith a Christmas must-have

Editorials and columns

“We do not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.” ­— Chief Si’ahl Seattle Suquamish Leader. There is a new front in the “War on Christmas.” The Stoneleigh P, an upscale bar in Dallas, Texas, is limiting play of Mariah ...

Paid parking a necessary evil, with caveats

Editorials and columns

Alpena city officials are moving closer to paid parking downtown than they have in years. We support that decision, because it’s a necessary evil. No one likes to pay for parking. It’s frustrating and can get expensive if you work or live downtown and want to park close to your place of ...

How we beat Ohio in class

Editorials and columns

Michigan’s longstanding rivalry with the Buckeyes on the college gridiron is no secret. Less well-known is our state’s struggle to keep up with the educational opportunities Ohio offers to students and families. Thankfully, our state may have an opportunity to dramatically shrink one ...