Commentary

Real Life Wellness

By Bill Hemmer I have spent the last 35 weeks writing about COVID-19.  Since March, it has consumed all of our lives.  But I feel it is time for me to move on.  I can’t stew and worry about the other shoe that is continually dropping anymore.  Fear, anxiety, isolation and lack of community all…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings My Democratic friends and foes, I can’t and I won’t defend what happened last Wednesday.  I had grown tired weeks ago of all the cries and demands by the President and angry Republicans to somehow overturn the Presidential election.  If you read this column you will remember weeks ago I predicted that…

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Holding It All Together-Clothes For Penguins

By Amy McCollom Do you remember back years ago when Sears or somebody came out with easy-to-match clothing called Garanimals?  Those were the clothes that had tags on them of different animals to help you choose outfits that made sense and matched.  The tiger went with a tiger piece, a lion went with a lion…

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Back in the Day 1-13-21

Ten years ago  January 19, 2011 Demolition began on the former F. H. Jones Lumber Company on the corner of North Central Avenue and Parke Street on January 12.  Michael N. Smith was unanimously chosen as the new Tuscola Schools Superintendent at a January 13 special board of education meeting.  Aaron and Cassie Pierce were…

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HumankindNESS-Let Them See You

By Jennifer Richardson I was the third child, born in one of those small town hospitals that have all but faded from America’s landscape. I was taken home to join my two older siblings, and three more children joined the family in quick succession. We were blessed to be brought up in a home that…

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Hook, Line and Sinker

By Tony Hooker As anyone who subjects themselves to my musings on a regular basis knows, I often use this space as much for “writing therapy” as well as to try to be entertaining.  I think this might be one of those weeks as I try to work through some things regarding my relationship with…

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Douglas County Mystery Diner

Venturing to Tuscola on a recent week day, I decided to give the new Hardee’s a try.  Having worked at Hardee’s at MarketPlace Mall and on University Avenue in Urbana when I was in high school for a former Marine, Les, and his wife Barb, I know what an excellent experience looks like.  Unfortunately, for…

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Holding It All Together-My Word

By Amy McCollom This year I do not vow to lose 20 pounds or go to the gym three times a week or start eating kale.  I may, indeed, do all of those things, but I am not setting out this year making a goal of it.  I do not like the idea of making…

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Back in the Day 1-6-21

Ten years ago  January 12, 2011 The former Dixie Truckstop property demolition was a hot topic at the Tuscola City Council meeting. The council was finalizing a Corrective Action Plan with the EPA, which would result in demolition in a few short weeks.  This week’s edition highlighted special moments of 2010 including: $50,000 raised for…

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My Personal Side

By Craig Hastings Remember not so many months ago when George Floyd died during his arrest in Minneapolis. I believe that incident occurred in May of 2020. The same evening riots broke out all across the country in large Democrat controlled cities and states. These acts of violence expanded into more serious acts of looting,…

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