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Shop small—here
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:39 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 29, 2011 11:59 AM )

 We have been hearing a lot lately about “Small Business Saturday” this weekend, Nov. 26. We are being asked to “Shop Small” on this day.
 Small Business Saturday follows by one day the national shopping mania that has become known as Black Friday—when the ***-marts and the big box stores and other national retailers hope to sell plenty of pricy items so their finances will end up “in the black” in a persistently pessimistic economy.

 
Winter’s early alarm system
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:50 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:39 PM )

Welcome winter… although it’s still officially autumn on the calendar.
 Of course, anyone who’s lived in the U.P. for any length of time knows that winter can show its face any time of the year, and sometimes has done so… remember those cold, parka-wearing Fourth of July fireworks we watched from inside parked cars?
 Early winter weather is hardly a surprise in this neck of the woods, and I’m sure that every hunter, skier, snowmobiler, ice fisherman and other outdoor enthusiasts gave one big “Hurrah!” when old man winter dumped several inches of snow on us last week.

 
Readers Viewpoint 11-16-2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:49 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 22, 2011 2:44 PM )

Rising to occasion
To the editor:
 Nothing defines the character of a small community better than when disaster strikes one of its own. It is there, at such a time, that one can experience the sense of family that exists. Members join together to help because people matter to one another.
 The Chris Skrzyniarz family’s meeting with misfortune happened in August when Chris and Sheri were involved in an accident with their motorcycle. Chris did not survive. Sheri was seriously injured and faces months, possibly years, of rehabilitation. It was a life-altering event for their children.

 
Honor our vets
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:36 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:50 PM )

Veterans Day, originating as Armistice Day in 1918, commemorates the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations, ending World War I, and was set on the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
 On its first commemoration, Nov. 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.”

 
Readers Viewpoint 11-9-2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:35 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:49 PM )

Buyer beware;voter be wary
To the editor:
 Based on what I understand to be Michigan law where township expenditures are concerned, a township may legally expend public funds for a public purpose only if an interpretation of the state constitution and/or statutes indicates the township is authorized to make that particular expenditure.
 An expenditure that does not meet this standard is illegal and prohibited, even though the purpose seems worthwhile.

 
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