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After decades of caring for the health of area children as a pediatrician, I find I must speak out. Our most precious resource, our children, are threatened due to the increase in pediatric COVID cases from the delta variant. Precious pediatric ICU beds are filling up, and they are a finite …

I was very saddened when I read Andy Duffy’s Friday, Sept. 10 column to learn it would be his last regular feature. I have so looked forward to them each week. Even though I am not a sportsman and would have no idea how to hunt or fly fish, Andy’s wit and humor about the experiences he has w…

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In arguing before the Supreme Court in 1841, former President John Quincy Adams, while walking by a copy of the Declaration of Independence and the marble busts of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, and his father John Adams, suggested that in their deliberations that The Court should look to …

A businessman in a service industry grew tired of being yelled at. He tired of getting sprayed with angry spit from disgruntled customers who expected five-star service at Motel 6 prices. One day, he became oddly detached during yet another customer tirade; he felt as though he was watching …

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Let’s talk about masking in schools. Last week, like many other families at Mackinaw Trail Middle School, I observed a hard truth: voluntary masking is no masking at all.

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After reading the front page article from the Cadillac News, Aug. 20 edition, my impression is the Manton land swap deal smells fishy.

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Recently, there was an article in the Cadillac News regarding a power outage and subsequent overflows. The operation services manager from the Lake Mitchell sewer authority was interviewed and she gave a variety of excuses. Wipes, sump pumps hooked to the system and homeowner generators movi…

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A little-noticed initiative by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and six other senators would boost local jobs, accelerate sales and improve economies. The Local Journalism Sustainability Act, S. 2434, is designed to help local news media support their newsgathering missions.

There is an old Peanuts comic where Snoopy is shivering in a snowstorm. Linus and Charlie Brown see him, and Charlie Brown says, “Snoopy looks kind of cold, doesn’t he?” Linus replies, “I’ll say he does. Maybe we’d better go over and comfort him.” They walk up to Snoopy and Linus says, “Be o…

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Forty-four years ago this month at the age of 38 I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Since then, my life has been much better, not perfect, but He has led me through the good times, through the difficult times and a few very terrible times.

Last week when we looked at the Book of Habakkuk, I closed with a statement that comes from God’s reply to the accusations Habakkuk makes against Him, “The righteous live by their faith.” But what does it mean to be righteous? After comparing a few definitions I found, it boils down to a rig…

I am writing this wondering if anyone else has a problem with getting a ride.

Have you ever noticed that some people seem to go out of their way to be unhappy? I want to be clear that I’m not referring to people who suffer from depression in that question, their times of dark moods are something that they have no control over. I’m talking about people who, for some re…

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I just watched testimony given by Officer Michael Fanone at the Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Insurrection at the US Capitol.

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All right MDOT, what’s with the plan for a roundabout at Division and Crosby? Traffic flow doesn’t actually indicate the need for one. And even if it did, this is a ridiculous time to do it, especially after all of the utility work just completed. Now we’re looking at a large part of it prob…

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I am saddened by the people in Cadillac, that feel the need to steal. My son works really hard and would probably give the shirt off his back to someone in need. However, he finally had the money to get his son a brand new bike, the child was elated, he rode it a week and someone found the n…

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Our lives each tell a story. In the beginning, our stories are written by others: parents, families, and communities. As we grow and learn, we begin to take control of our stories. We add characters, remove characters, make choices, turn corners, achieve successes, suffer consequences, and more.

Once again, we witness the horror of mass casualties at the hand of a deranged gunmen. And once again, politicians from the far-right are offering “thoughts and prayers‘ for the victims’ families while opposing any and efforts to enact gun safety regulations. They justify this opposition by …