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Falling cases of the coronavirus imply that the U.S. economy could improve over the next month or two as lockdowns ease and Americans resume their normal lives. There is, however, an unexpected short-term risk: that a vaccine will be ready by November.

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Senate Democrats have blocked the Republicans’ long-delayed plan for additional coronavirus aid, raising the prospect that Congress will provide no added fiscal support for the economy between now and the presidential election in November. The two sides are no longer talking, and at this poi…

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The famous American journalist H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) famously said, “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” Was he right?

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As any “Game of Thrones” fan can tell you, the phrase “winter is coming” is not just a House Stark motto but a frequently invoked warning that a serious, easily overlooked threat is destined to arrive as temperatures drop. In the case of the George R.R. Martin books and the TV show based on …

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Even with the cancellation of the Coast Guard Festival and other local events, there still seemed to be a steady stream of tourists in town who kept their summer plans for a visit – a little unnerving as far as COVID-19 is concerned, but great for our businesses, for sure!

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It has been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. Well, 2020 certainly qualifies, and state lawmakers are looking to address the issue of absentee ballot processing before it could become a major issue.

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Flowers to Grand Haven officials and citizens for allowing Dancing on the Grand to operate during this confusing summer.

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Farmer's Market should be a priority 

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It’s hard to believe that the attack on the World Trade Center was 19 years ago today. For those of us who lived it, it’s hard to think that people under 25 have little or no recollection that young extremist Arab Muslims, followers of Osama Bin Laden, with minimal flight instruction, box cu…

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According to the USDA, Americans spend less on food as a percent of their incomes than anyone else in the world.

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I have been troubled recently. Really troubled. And I’ve be saddened, disappointed and upset. I asked my wife recently, “What country is this anyway? Are we living in America yet?” I hardly recognize it sometimes. It does not seem like the country I grew up in.

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Once again I am at the radio ranch with another case of writer’s block. It seems irresponsible to me to not write about the political climate in this country. I don’t want to, really. I know better, but I feel as if I need to weigh in.

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As we argued a few months ago when Major League Baseball was sidling up to its plan for playing amid the pandemic, pro sports are important to the rhythms of normal life. The money they generate ripples through other industries. Additionally – although this point will elicit divided opinions…

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We are in the midst of a renaissance in rural Michigan infrastructure investment. Since the invention of the internet, each administration – both state and federal – have promised more resources to help connect rural areas, but it is only now that these promises are being kept.

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2020 has taken its toll on everyone. Each of us feels the pressure building as the election year, an ongoing pandemic and the continuous tide of racial injustice violently collide, one thing against another against another.

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Puppy mills are horrific places. And if anyone needs proof of that, they should visit the Delta Animal Shelter’s Facebook page and look into the face of a dog recently rescued from a suspected local puppy mill.

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We agreed with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week when she urged state residents to get their flu shot in the weeks ahead.

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Labeling another person has become a popular political pastime. The intent is to use a label that is impossible to disprove no matter the amount of contrary evidence.

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The term “pirate” has conjured up negative connotations over the years. Most who think of pirates think of Captain Hook dueling with Peter Pan, or Blackbeard sailing the high seas ready to steal treasures. Some may even think of Captain Jack Sparrow causing a ruckus. Many think that the tale…

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Federal officials have had eight months since the new coronavirus arrived in the U.S. to work out how to test for COVID-19 well enough to get to grips with the pandemic. They’ve failed.

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There’s an oft-reposted meme on my social media feeds. It basically says the months of April, May, June and July are lost to us. This rings true for me, and maybe for you, too – all of us lost in our different pandemic haze, all of us trying to build a plane and fly it, too.

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The Michigan Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed on a framework for how schools can approach the upcoming school year. That’s somewhat miraculous, given the tumultuous relationship between the Democratic governor and GOP lawmakers.

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Dr. Albert Schweitzer was a well-known missionary doctor to Africa. He could have had a medical practice anywhere in the world, but he chose to work among the poorest of the poor in Lambarene and Gabon. He was a theologian as well as a musician. He worked as a missionary until he was in his …

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This must be some cruel form of COVID-19 déjà vu. State health officials confirmed last week they either can’t or won’t learn from their mistakes.

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The coronavirus pandemic has thrust millions of American small businesses into crisis mode, as they scramble for the cash they need to get through to more normal times. One way Congress can help: Protect them from predators looking to take their money and leave them bankrupt.