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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel I saw veterans Saturday selling commemorative poppies: a reminder Memorial Day is coming. It will be Monday, May 27, this year. As for decades, there will be parades and ceremonies in both in Saugatuck and Douglas an hour later. Afterward an honor guard will move on to local cemeteries to […]

My son: from toddler to graduate

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher I tip my ball cap to my son Jordan, who will graduate cum laude from Livonia Stevenson High School this week. Jordan grew up in the newspaper business, having tagged along with me on many an assignment. He’s an expert photographer, but more importantly he keeps our newspapers in working order […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Worst of the Worst When someone peddles “Michigan’s Best,” I cringe. By whose standards? It’s the worst kind of journalism to send feature writers who don’t know squat about food past burping statewide to stuff themselves with the “Best” Hush Puppies and so on so they can fill editorial space in […]

Long-lost siblings reunite here after 68 years

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel When Winston Churchill had been turned out of office just after World War II, he told a friend, “History will be kind to me. I will write the history.” I like to balance that against a proverb attributed to Yogi Berra: “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be.” In mid-May […]

Think electric as gas costs soar

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher Quietly, unbeknownst to many of us, the price of gasoline has crept ever higher. I was aghast to pay $3 or more per gallon in Michigan a few weeks ago. I can only imagine how high it will go if Gov. Whitmer shoves her 45-cent increase through the legislature. In Alabama, […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Parts is Parts, Part 2 Remember “family values”? The political catchphrase cooled after some of its most-strident advocates were caught literally with their pants down. Whose family? The Mansons? Kardashians? You can’t have a family if someone’s not making whoopee. Anyway, they’re back. We talked here in 2016 about Michigan’s Art […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel Armed Forces Day had its origins in 1950 just after the U.S. War Department was renamed Department of Defense. Unlike Memorial Day, which was designated to remember and honor service men and women who died in combat, and Veterans Day which fetes all who have served this country, Armed Forces Day […]

In praise of mothers…

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By Mike Wilcox Publisher This weekend we raise our glass and offer praise to mothers of the world. No group deserves our accolades more than those women who shaped our formative years. I never gave my mother enough credit. While my dad worked crazy hours as a journalist and politician, she was largely responsible for […]

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By Scott Sullivan Editor Snakes Alive The Mississippi Delta had a cat on a hot tin roof, but Detroit has pythons. Our southeast neighbors — whose Lions and Tigers strike fear in no one — gathered to gape last week in front of a home with an 18-foot snake atop it. “Oh my God!” cried […]

Life as performance art

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By Fr. G. Corwin Stoppel We may have sung it with pride and a lump in our throats on Memorial and Veterans days, perhaps others. In some ways it is almost our country’s second national anthem for our country. Irving Berlin wrote “God Bless America” in 1918 and left it sitting for 20 years in […]