Editorials & Letters

Eclipse a chance to enjoy moment together

I Was Thinking…

With echoes of “Dark Side of the Moon,” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” in the back of my mind, I headed over to Houghton Lake’s Collins Elementary Monday to take photos of students experiencing the 2024 solar eclipse. Sixth grade students were let out onto the soccer field behind the school, each with their solar eclipse […]

Work zone safety deserves attention

No matter where you travel right now, it seems as if there are construction cones everywhere. There are projects on the expressways. There are projects on local roads. And, while road construction season is in full swing, many more orange cones are in our future. Next week, beginning April 15, is National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW). The message for […]

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‘Memory lane’

Letter to the Editor

Let’s go down memory lane. Who’s old enough to remember back in the 50s, 60s and early 70s, when the Higgins Lake area dump was located on a flat area adjacent to the Dead Stream Swamp near the Old 27/Pine Road intersection in the Muskegon River Watershed. For fun, many people used to go shoot rats and watch bears there. […]

FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech is relevant today

Guest Opinion

By Lee H. Hamilton President Joe Biden reached back in history in his recent State of the Union address, citing a January 1941 speech in which Franklin Delano Roosevelt called on America to reject isolationism and engage with the world. This was the famous Four Freedoms speech, when FDR laid out his idealistic vision of “four essential freedoms” that were […]

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Officers reminding drivers about dangers of driving distracted

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Guest Opinion

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police agencies throughout Michigan are teaming up with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) for a high-visibility enforcement effort during April. Throughout the month, police officers across the state will remind drivers about the dangers of distracted driving while enforcing Michigan’s Hands-Free Driving Law, which took effect June 30, 2023. […]

Removal program supported

Letter to the Editor

At the March 13 Roscommon County Board of Commissioners meeting, a resolution to remove geese from Higgins Lake this summer was passed. The Higgins Lake Swimmer’s Itch Organization (HLSIO) asked me to sponsor the resolution and I appreciate the commissioners unanimously voting to pass it. The resolution was needed so the HLSIO would be able to obtain a special permit […]

Hold off on outside spring cleaning

Letter to the Editor

Spring is in the air! We get the spring cleaning itch, indoors and out. I’ve already been spring cleaning inside the cabin, started my seeds indoors and have been looking in my garden and yard. However, I have learned to hold off on my spring cleaning outside. The invertebrates (bugs) need the old leaves and stalks to winter over. In […]

Easter 2024 and your relationship with God

Letter to the Editor

With days before Resurrection Sunday, 2024, it’s again time for serious examination and relationship with our Creator; and by faith, acknowledging our Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus’ virgin birth over two thousand years ago: God’s nature yet in human form, crucified, dying and rising to guide us to Himself and our eternal home. We are more than aware that America is […]


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