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Encouraging news about the airport, service

January 10, 2015 We have been encouraged by news stories this week that the Minneapolis connection from Alpena was so well received that it could be partially responsible for the lower enplanement numbers at the... more »»

I am Charlie; we are all Charlie

January 10, 2015 "Je Suis Charlie." "I am Charlie. more »»

Moving fast, trying to stay warm

January 10, 2015 I don't know about you, but January 2015 is starting to seem a lot like January 2014, in other words cold. I wonder if there will be a January thaw this year. more »»

New contribution limits make 401(k) plans even more attractive

January 10, 2015 If you are interested in saving for retirement, here's some good news: For 2015, the IRS has raised the maximum contribution limits for 401(k) plans from $17,500 to $18,000. more »»

Used gifts

January 10, 2015 So what did YOU get for Christmas? Yes, yes, I know. It’s not all about the gifts. But you have to admit, it’s fun to open something that’s been picked out just for you. more »»

Terrorists don’t win with attack on Charlie Hebdo

January 9, 2015 We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for a few of us who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate — even encourage — severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. more »»

Hopes, dreams for 2015

January 7, 2015 I believe that I have beaten all of my previous records for breaking New Year’s resolutions. I didn’t have any specific ones, but I did have general guideline. more »»

Teens’ use of e-cigarettes a disturbing trend

January 7, 2015 Young people have made tremendous progress when it comes to the fight against cigarette smoking. In fact, a recent anti-smoking campaign touts, “We can be the generation that ends smoking .. more »»

Leading doesn’t just come from starters

January 6, 2015 The Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys” era of the late 1980s early 1990s echoes throughout history as one of the greatest team stories of all time. more »»

More needs to be done than holding line on gov’t employees

January 6, 2015 ?Cutting the size and therefore the cost of government is a promise politicians at all levels make. Reducing the number of people employed by government is a key to the process. more »»

More unnecessary spending by Congress

January 5, 2015 When he warned Americans about what has come to be called the “military-industrial complex” in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower left out a vital component — politician. more »»

Good luck to incoming, outgoing officials

January 3, 2015 The new year has begun, and with it comes new elected officials from national and state office to local offices — everything from county commissioners to school boards. more »»

New Year 2015: A resolution worth keeping

January 3, 2015 A New Year has indeed begun. How many of us started out the year with this phrase, “This year I will resolve to ... more »»

New resolve needed to get budget balanced and under control

January 2, 2015 Most New Year’s resolutions are broken soon after being made. Our national resolution, made several times during the past decade or so, to stop spending beyond our means is an excellent exampl. more »»

Time president gets real about immigration

December 31, 2014 Many Americans object to President Barack Obama’s immigration policy by pointing out it will encourage more people to cross our borders illegally. more »»

Hagel hinted that $10B will improve US missile force

December 30, 2014 Nuclear weapons proliferation may mean that, if anything, the United States needs a strong, flexible deterrent force. more »»

A great game: Mittens and one ugly gift

December 30, 2014 Each year a few days before Christmas I wrap a really ugly gift. The item inside isn’t ugly but the box is ugly because I use all of my leftover wrapping paper. more »»

Organizations still need financial help

December 29, 2014 Christmas 2014 is now a happy memory for most of us. Once the new year begins, we will get back into our “normal” frames of mind. more »»

Science needs to govern wolf plan, not emotion

December 27, 2014 Wolves in the Great Lakes have returned to the federal government’s list of endangered species, but it isn’t because today there are fewer wolves across the Great Lakes region than two years ago,... more »»

Moolenaar always made seniors a priority

December 27, 2014 We will miss Sen. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, and wish him well in his new role as a U.S. congressman for the 4th Distric. more »»



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