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December 13, 2014 I finished my work for the day, tucked away my computer, and put up the footrest of my recliner with a sigh. more »»

At last, good news about Great Lakes levels

December 12, 2014 For the first time since the 1990s Great Lakes water levels posted above average levels this year. more »»

Time to discuss issue of ‘toy’ guns

December 11, 2014 Perhaps a new debate about gun control is needed in America. Not about real firearms — but about “toys” that sometimes cause needless deaths of children. more »»

Government doesn’t need to fix it

December 10, 2014 By nature it seems we can’t get too comfortable as a nation. It seems we always want to change this or tweak that. We elect folks at all levels of government who believe that change is necessary. more »»

Obama should rethink approach to Secretary of Defense

December 10, 2014 What if a key, prestigious position in the federal government was open — but the president was having trouble finding someone interested in filling it? That would — or should — send a message to... more »»

Avoid ‘Presenteeism’: Unplug to reconnect

December 9, 2014 I used to be really great at keeping in touch with people. OK, well, maybe not really great but I used to be bette. more »»

Congress needs to keep tax breaks in place

December 9, 2014 Members of Congress have many priorities on their agendas during the next few weeks. One of them — continuing tax breaks on which millions of Americans rely — ought to be at the top of the list. more »»

Consequences of being in charge

December 8, 2014 As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military. more »»

Lower gas prices come at right time of the year

December 6, 2014 This week gas sold for $1.99 a gallon in Oklahoma City. In what would have seemed an unlikely occurrence in recent years, the price dipped below the $2 a gallon mark. more »»

Every issue has more gray areas

December 6, 2014 As I have shared from this platform many times over the years, while many of us would like to view the world through either black or white lens, the truth is the world most often is gray. more »»

After vote to raise gas tax, Lansing should tap brakes to debate other road fix plans

December 6, 2014 At long last, Lansing is beginning to move toward a long-term fix for roads. more »»

Questions, Anyone?

December 6, 2014 Lumber pile at Duck Park Q. Reader Roger Snell asks, "What's happening with the big pile of lumber that has been at Duck Park in Alpena?" A. more »»

Old Newsboys hit the streets for Salvation Army

December 5, 2014 “Extra, Extra — Real All About It!” will be the sound that fills the air today and Saturday as the Lions Old Newsboys will be peddling another edition of this holiday tradition. more »»

Amateurs making military decisions? Bad idea

December 3, 2014 As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military. more »»

Science, logic are best way to manage forest, animals

December 3, 2014 “A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. more »»

Parade success blueprint for Alpena

December 2, 2014 Did you see this year’s Bolenz Jewelry Holiday Parade? I say this every year, but this year had some of the best entries I’ve seen yet. more »»

Obama needs to name and support forward thinking Secretary of Defense

December 2, 2014 President Barack Obama’s third secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, is resigning. more »»

Make sure toy guns are seen as toy guns

December 1, 2014 Twelve-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland probably would be alive today had he not brandished a realistic-looking gun when challenged by a police officer. more »»

Enjoy the beauty of Christmas

November 29, 2014 There is something special about Christmas trees. Perhaps it is the sparkle from the twinkling lights. Maybe it is the beauty of each ornament. more »»

Is report’s change the right way to go?

November 29, 2014 Let’s face it, we’re lazy. Human nature is such that when faced with two options to arrive at a solution, we’re always going to opt for the easiest of the route. more »»



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