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By Scott Sullivan Editor Green Streets/Sex Who knew trees change sexes? Spell “sexes” backwards and you’ll see what I mean. Only when they bloom can you tell if they’re boy, girl or TBA, botanists say. Lots (trees, not botanists) are hermaphrodites — i.e. their flowers have male and female reproductive parts. The male are the […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I have long found lanes on the bridge over the Mighty Kalamazoo River to be confusing. For years it was two lanes, then for the last few years it’s been three. Asked to explain the rationale behind the change, I replied it was much like the reversible lanes on Chicago […]

Mind wanders to IHOB, snakes

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Its 3 a.m. and my mind is wandering. Here’s where it went: To Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where photos of flooding devastation created anxiety. Here I was enjoying 90-degree plus temperatures without a hint of rain, but there torrential downpours caused the worst flooding I have ever seen. Houghton and surrounding communities […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor No Eagles President Trump has disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from celebrating their Super Bowl win at the White House after most said they wouldn’t come anyway. What a slap. The NFL has a PR issue because some players — many citing police mistreatment of blacks — have declined to stand for […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel You may remember your telephone number from when you were growing up. If you are of a certain age or older, it was probably four digits. Ours was 5150. Later, the first two letters of a name or word were added as a prefix. We became ATlas 5150. When a […]

My father, my hero

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher (I wrote this a year ago but wanted share it again. I might share this column over and over for years to come. The man meant so much to me.) This week I gave pause to reflect on my hero, my father. Although he was buried seven years ago, there isn’t […]

It’s time for a change

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Commentary by Joseph Cappelletti Cities around the world are beginning to reinvent themselves to reflect the changing generations and their interests. This past year I had the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most up-and-coming cities and the reasons for their rapid growth. Sitting on the coast of Chile is the art capital of […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Sound & Fury Anti-noise advocates are raising a ruckus about life being too loud. And the U.S. is a leading culprit. A University of Michigan study shows links between noise and hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and heart attacks. The Environmental Protection Agency says an average of 70 decibels or fewer […]

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel The worst thing anyone in relationship can do is forget a birthday or anniversary. My parents taught by example. I don’t think either let an important day get away from them. I have tried, so far successfully, to follow their example. We have three collective anniversaries in our area this […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Tinted Love The Taj Mahal, that shining white monument to love, is turning green, black and yellow. And India’s Supreme Court isn’t happy. Pollution and insect dung are discoloring Mogul Emperor Shah Jahan’s 17th-century temple built for his favorite wife. “You all appear helpless,” a judge told government leaders last week. […]