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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 »»

Best wishes for 2015

December 26, 2014 We hope our readers had a pleasant, restful and healthy Christma. more »»

Of marijuana, gas prices and the ruble

December 24, 2014 What do marijuana, welfare, fast food, gasoline, and the Russian ruble all have in common? They all are impacted by, or impact themselves, economics. more »»

Wiping out terrorists is necessary

December 23, 2014 If peace-loving people throughout the world needed any more evidence Islamic terrorists must be wiped out, it came last week. more »»

A new Christmas tradition

December 23, 2014 As I sit here writing my last-minute Christmas shopping list I am reminiscing on some of my favorite Christmas memories. Most of them don’t involve presents. more »»

Report’s release another example of what sets US apart

December 22, 2014 Release of a report on CIA use of torture to get information from a few captured Islamic terrorists raises more questions than it provides answers. more »»

Road funding now in hands of state’s residents

December 20, 2014 The future of highway funding in Michigan now rests with state residents. more »»

Some weeks just don’t go your way

December 20, 2014 A wise sage once gave me this advice — “be like a duck and let the water roll off your back” in reference to criticism, and the duck’s oily feathers that insulate it from the water. more »»

Road funding proposal a case of buck passing

December 20, 2014 Disappointed, dismayed, disgusted ... and any other “dis” word you might think is appropriate. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

December 20, 2014 Victorian house on Long Rapids Road Q. more »»

The real Christmas

December 20, 2014 This Christmas, like so many in the past, there will be two Christmases in the world. One is the Christmas mankind has created. The other is the Christmas God made. more »»

Don’t take safe water sources for granted

December 19, 2014 Two stories in Wednesday’s newspaper reminded us of just how crucial a safe and reliable water source is for our region. more »»

Congress should pass tax break for Conservancy

December 18, 2014 Many Americans live within a few hours’ drive of valuable, often beautiful, natural areas preserved in part because of a federal tax break. It ought to be made permanent. more »»

Is good information gathered using torture techniques?

December 17, 2014 Many voices have chimed during the past week in regard to the release of the U.. more »»

Positivity is key to many good things

December 16, 2014 The Chamber of Commerce annual dinner is just around on the corner on Feb. 12. Every year we have a theme to this event. more »»

CIA report raises several questions

December 16, 2014 Much of the contents of a Senate report on use of torture by the CIA was known before the document was released last week. more »»

CIA strikes back after the Senate torture report

December 16, 2014 WASHINGTON — There has been much gnashing of teeth over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report documenting use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” widely labeled as torture, that were... more »»



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