December 1, 2022


Nodding Heads

By Stephen Tuttle | Nov. 26, 2022

Have we seen this before? When Donald Trump ran for president in 2016, there were any number of incidents the experts were quite certain would eliminate him or at least damage him so badly he couldn’t possibly be nominated. It started with previous and truly creepy comments he made about his daughter Ivanka, and there were a lot of them. On The Howard Stern Show in 2003 he said, “She’s got the ... Read More >>

Prayer, Gratitude, and Grace

Guest Opinion
By Emma Smith | Nov. 26, 2022

The other day, I was talking with a friend about prayer. She told me that her grandmother, who had five children, would write down her prayers for each of them and her 14 grandchildren every night. Wow, I thought to myself, that sure sounds like a lot of work. I couldn’t imagine devoting that much time to prayer—especially not at the end of the day when all I want to do is ... Read More >>

Thanks...for the End of the Midterms and More

By Stephen Tuttle | Nov. 19, 2022

As always, there are reasons to be thankful, not the least of which is that the midterm elections are finally almost over. As this is being written, there are still a few House seats and one Senate race not decided. We should thank everyone who had the courage to put their name on a ballot for any office. Running is significantly harder and more complicated than most people assume—an exercise in courage, ... Read More >>

The Tyranny of the Shoulds

Guest Opinion
By Greg Holmes | Nov. 19, 2022

The holiday season is now upon us: Thanksgiving is already here with Christmas soon to follow. Are you looking forward to celebrating them, or, like many others, are you dreading them? There’s little disagreement that the holidays can add significant stress to one’s already stressful life. Sources of stress differ for each person, but often reflect the impact of time and financial pressures, the complications of gift giving, and the lack of ... Read More >>

When Saying Thank You Isn’t Enough

Guest Opinion
By Cathye Williams | Nov. 12, 2022

November is crowded with special days. Between the one where we cast votes and the one where we give thanks lies the one where saying thank you just isn’t enough. Considering that the U.S. military budget topped over $800 billion for this year alone, how is it that military veterans are disproportionately unhoused, suffering physically and mentally, and at risk for suicide when compared to the general population? The U.S. spends more ... Read More >>

Fire Means Flee: Hiker’s Firsthand Account of Isle Royale’s Mt. Franklin Wildfire

Guest Opinion
By Ren Brabenec | Nov. 12, 2022

No one expects a wildfire when backpacking an island, not until smoke is heading your way and park rangers evacuate your campground. The morning of Aug. 13 found me hiking Isle Royale National Park’s iconic Greenstone Ridge, a much-anticipated adventure my father and I had been planning for over a decade. As we made our way east along the ridge, our noses detected a hint of wood smoke. Nestled in Lake Superior ... Read More >>

Debunking, Not Defunding

By Stephen Tuttle | Nov. 5, 2022

If you watch a certain news channel, or listen to some Republican candidates, you would be inclined to believe crime is out of control. It’s those darn Democrats who have “defunded” the police and judges who let vicious criminals lose without bail. Why, it’s a miracle we aren’t gunned down the second we leave our homes and offices. Reality is rather different, and the statistics are a little tricky. Crime statistics compiled ... Read More >>

Living Longer and Better Lives

Guest Opinion
By Susan Odgers | Nov. 5, 2022

Youth is typically a time of thinking we’re invincible. We believe we can pretty much do anything to our health without risking serious consequences. We skip meals and sleep, drink, and work too much and only sporadically get medical check-ups. My experience of youth and health has been different. When I was 18 years old, I had a spinal stroke. Within one hour, I suddenly became a paraplegic. I’ve used a manual ... Read More >>

1943: The Gathering Storm

Guest Opinion
By Isiah Smith, Jr. | Nov. 5, 2022

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” —Leonardo de Vinci 1943 proved to be a critical year in the annals of American history. That year foreshadowed the disruptions that impact our lives to this day. On Jan. 1, Project Y—The Manhattan Project’s secret laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico, for development and production of the first atomic bombs under the direction of Robert Oppenheimer—began operation. Later in January, the ... Read More >>

Bad Choice and Late Results

By Stephen Tuttle | Oct. 29, 2022

The attorney general (AG) is Michigan’s top law enforcement officer. Most voters would prefer somebody running for that office to have impeccable credentials either as a lawyer—preferably as a prosecutor—or as a law enforcement professional or both. (As an aside, those elected officials now calling themselves “constitutional sheriffs” seem to think they are the top of the law enforcement heap even above the state’s AG, but no court has ever agreed with ... Read More >>

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