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Newspapers not important? Think again

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I came across this column by Ambrosia Nelson, general manager at Leader Publications in Niles. I’d been thinking of writing a similar piece, but she expressed my opinion so well I simply decided to rerun what she already published. Here it is:   “We live in a generation that is more […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Dust to Dust “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday. I don’t know,” wrote Albert Camus in “The Stranger.” Some were shocked by his seeming callousness, but not me. I’m upset his protagonist didn’t pitch Mama onto his compost heap. Washington, The Los Angeles Times reports, has become the first state to […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I wrote recently about how the U.S. is edging towards becoming a cash-less society, much like several European nations. It might be a trend; it might be a conspiracy foisted upon us by parties who want to pry even deeper into our personal lives. That theory seemed to gain credence […]

Yikes! A snake in the house!

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I’ve experienced many critters inside my house — frogs, toads, lizards — which I’ve had to barehand and send scurrying to safety in their outside habitat. Last week I was awakened by a shriek that I had not heard before. I knew my wife had been ousted from her dreams by […]

Blue Star

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Sole Man When someone says, “I have found my soul mate,” I set the timer. Sometimes it works. More often infatuation clears as reality’s light sets in. I should have learned after arguing with one of my exes there was a collective soul. She thought each one was specific. “That’s ‘sole,’” […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel One of the many things I appreciate about living here for 30 years is there are still delights and surprises. The latest came during the last week of June when the message spread quickly that Avery Betts, 7, had passed away from a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. She […]

Week from hell is finally over

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher If it could go wrong it did last week. At the top of the list was the Allegan server. The 20-plus-year-old piece of archaic equipment which services three weekly newspapers, of which I am publisher, decided its time was over. It went kaput and because of its age there is no […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel The closest I’ve come to a cashless society was my late uncle, who either never managed to have his billfold with him or carried only $100 bills back when most businesses couldn’t “break” them for smaller change. But then, I’ve never been to Sweden, where cash is rapidly being relegated […]

Time for war with Iran? Not yet

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I’m not sure many of us realized, but we almost went to war last week. According to news reports, President Trump called it off in the final seconds before missiles were launched. The target was Iran, and the motive was retaliation for its forces supposedly shooting down an unmanned American drone. […]