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On Houghton County apportionment

As reported in the Gazette on October 2, I have submitted a six-district plan for Houghton County apportionment that does not put cities and townships within the same district and divides only one municipality, the City of Houghton, into multiple districts. It is the population growth of the ...

A rabbit’s tale

I saw my target. It was a small rabbit, hiding behind some dead plants. I am not sure if it is a he, or she (how can you tell from a distance, or for that matter, close up?). It seemed engrossed in nibbling on a plant in front of him/her? I guess it was breakfast time and in the life of ...

The power and danger of complaining

Do you know someone who you greet each Monday with “Good morning, how are you?” Does their answer generally focus on an incident that happened to them over the weekend, a bruise or ache they have, or even a phrase beginning with “did you hear what happened to…..?” Many of you could ...

Pandemic of the unvaccinated

More than 18 months have passed since COVID-19 first reached American soil, and for me, it’s hard to imagine life before the pandemic. COVID forced me to spend my senior year of college in front of a computer screen rather than in a classroom, and prevented me from visiting my 94-year-old ...

Want a shot with that?

Time stood still. It was no cataclysmic event, or an “end of the world” scenario. It merely came about because the battery in my wrist watch had run its course, and frankly, it “was out of juice.” It needed to be replaced, and I, being known as not being technically savvy, needed a ...

The dad she never met

Our second European Concert Tour for the Woodbury Chorale and Bell Ringers would soon be a reality. It was 1994. Our first tour had been such a success that most of the members were ready to go again. This tour would include visits to The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. I was ...