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By Scott Sullivan Editor Friends and Fiends Saugatuck Dunes State Park’s friendly white-tailed deer was at it again last week. During Morgan and Luke Mackley’s wedding at the nearby Felt Estate, he bounded a fence and began pulling roses from the bride’s bouquet. Nice photo op. The Ann Arbor residents said they’d heard of the […]

On hold for 11 hours, still no answer

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Let me climb my soapbox again. I’ve avoided trashing businesses or government agencies that put you on hold for long periods of times, but I’ve had it. I gotta start bashing, because their customer service skills suck. Let’s start with everyone’s favorite, Friend of the Court. My case is in the […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Where the Wild Things Are Bear sightings took a turn for the weird last week when a walker in nearby Walker flagged down police to report she’d seen one. On further investigation it turned out to be a statue. You can’t be too vigilant. Otherwise, the loss of lives could be […]

Resistance for opioid crisis, fires

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Two major news stories broke in the last few days. First a judge has ruled big pharma’s Johnson and Johnson must pay $572 million to the State of Oklahoma for its part in fueling the opioid crisis. Although $572 million is a drop in the bucket to J&J, the fact that […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor PETA Each I inherited my white hair from my kid — i.e. naturally. Comes from stress. I did the same for my parents, who did their duty as I do now: feared they’d failed their children by inspiring similar fear in us we’d fail them. Talk about self-fulfilling. If we pass […]

Kingdom not magical to me

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher The Magic Kingdom is not so magical to this old curmudgeon. I was somehow convinced to chauffeur and partake in the wonders of Disney World with my wife, a friend and their 8-year-old daughter. It had been 15 glorious years since I’d last endured all that Mickey and his friends had […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Out Oh boy. Time to be anesthetized — not as I pine for during the Democratic presidential debates, but for real. Doctors are going to play Operation, ala the still-extant children’s game, with me as Cavity Sam. If you’re my age, you may not remember your wedding anniversary, divorce lawyer’s speed-dial […]

Of red ants and a wedding band

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I was looking forward to a great weekend, but first had to perform my Saturday morning ritual of pulling weeds. Two hours into this process I felt a sting on my left gloved hand. A group of red ants had bitten through the glove to cause it. I thought little of […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Leapin’ Lizards Be afraid. Be very afraid of fear mongers like me who pander to panic lovers to peddle papers. With all reporting on threats we cannot die soon enough. After 40 years I’m still trying to work through A’s in the alphabet. Last week it was alligators and asteroids. Since […]

To end mass killings, start by following through

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Few people follow through on what they say they will do, therefore ours is a society of unfulfilled promises. Parents don’t discipline their children. Instead they threaten. Teachers don’t force students to finish their homework. Doctors don’t force patients to follow through with proper health regimens. And of course when we […]