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To the editor: If we truly value human life, and that includes ALL life including, and not just limited to, the lives of unborn children, we must demand that our members of Congress protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it. Here are just a few facts that we can’t deny: •Women...
To the editor: When we know from experience the lethal consequences of oil spills in our lakes and waterways, how is it that our governing bodies ignore the threat of a pipeline that crosses the Mackinac strait? We should consider the groups that have a vested interest in the continuing flow of...
Honor is one of the nicest things to have, and it’s also a very nice thing to share. “It’s an honor to do this for you” is a very nice thing to say to someone. Unfortunately, this act is not done enough. The American Legion Honor Team, from Hice-Shutes Post 170, performs an act of honor every time...
To the editor: The groups most likely to be negatively affected by climate change are those below the age of 40. They should be the spokespeople for any movement that discourages the use of fossil fuels. On Dec. 14 in Niles there was a public hearing for residents to voice their support or...
I am sorry to admit that I am not much of a reader and never have been. I’ve always read just enough to get by. If I do read a book, it’s usually a biography. My problem is that I have difficulty concentrating on just one thing at a time. As a student, I could not have any distractions, such as...
The Democratic Party has a serious problem, and the name of that problem is identity politics. Ever since Donald Trump’s surprise win on Nov. 8, identity politics has been a hot topic of discussion in the media. Many conservative analysts blame identity politics for Hillary Clinton’s surprise loss...
As a toddler, taking a nap was something I didn’t enjoy doing. At this time in my life, taking an afternoon nap has become quite enjoyable. It has become something that is also quite necessary, unless I want to find myself falling asleep during Jeopardy. I’m an early riser, even without an alarm...
To the editor: At this time of the year it is easy to be caught up in the rush of the season without remembering or even thinking of the reason we go through all of this “hullabaloo.” So as a way of slowing us down and getting us to reflect, I share a seasonal poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti called...
To the editor: I have noticed something about our county, looking at all of the numbers that the county clerk put out about election day. A majority of voters out there voted Republican and my question is why? You are voting against your own interest! Our county ranks 55 out 83 for median...
To the editor: How many of you remember grandma`s feather tick? Especially around the Christmas season with memorizing snow flakes coming down from the sky with the diamond like effect and sparkle as to call us to come outdoors to play. I don`t see many children outdoors playing in the snow, and...

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