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Editorial

Ease travel ban with Canada

The COVID wall that has blocked travel between the United States and Canada for 16 months should come down. As post-pandemic life resumes most of its normal activity, foreign travel should be restored as well. America’s northern border remains closed to tourist traffic. If the travel ban ...

Presidential visit: What was the point?

It’s a pretty darn big deal anytime the leader of the free world drops into northern Michigan for a visit. It was a special occasion when former President Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Traverse City late last year. Similarly, President Joe Biden’s Fourth of July weekend trek to ...

Marking Wildlife Conservation Month in Michigan

It is hard to imagine a Michigan without white-tailed deer, elk, bald eagles or wild turkey. But if not for the efforts of conservationists, volunteers and partner agencies, these species might be absent from Michigan’s beautiful landscape. In the spirit of these conservation successes, ...

Treasury spreads word about scams; critical to be vigilant

Have you been on the other end of a troubling, suspicious call, email or letter recently? Has someone claimed to be a tax official and asked for your personal information? If so, it’s critical to avoid potential scams by remaining vigilant, as the Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding ...

Fundraising effort for vets is commendable

We laud U.S. Army Sgt. Tyler Pynnonen on his wonderful effort to raise funds for combat-wounded veterans. Negaunee native Pynnonen — a snowmobile athlete with Nitro Circus — is riding his Honda CT70 motorcycle 1,776 miles across the country, an effort he has named Operation: ...

Showing up for public office isn’t optional

Whomever originated the colloquialism about just showing up being half the battle was onto something. We all show up for something every day. Work. Dinner. Meetings. A date. A ride. A game. To vote. You get the idea. That’s why someone elected to represent constituents in Grand Traverse ...