Opinion

Letter to the Editor

ACRC should post meeting minutes It is my belief that those who serve at the local and state levels of government have as a county whole, our best interests guiding those big and little decisions. However, I also believe my voice counts but it only counts if I have the proper information.
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Rekindle showed a different side of downtown

If you went out to Rekindle the Spirit last Thursday, there was a nice chance to see a different side of Munising for just a little bit. Yes, there was a family-centric holiday event with plenty of characters to interact with, but it also showcased businesses and locations that many everyday citizens don’t think about often when visiting downtown.
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Those anxious for holidays aren’t Grinches

The holidays are in full swing, bringing joy to a number of your family and friends. If you’ve got your tree up and are blasting your favorite Christmas tunes, we are all happy that you are having a great time and enjoying the season.
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No community Thanksgiving Dinner is not a problem

An annual tradition of a community Thanksgiving meal was not held this year. While it is nice to think about Munising and Alger County coming together to break bread and provide for neighbors in need, we can all be very thankful that missing the event was not a major problem this holiday.
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It’s Time to Shake Up Higher Education

Michigan rightly prides itself on having some fine public universities. The flagship school, the University of Michigan, is considered by virtually all college rankers to be among the nation’s five best public universities. An objective examination of Wolverine State schools, however, shows several weaknesses. There is apparent severe overcapacity accompanying sharply declining enrollments, which demographic factors suggest likely will not reverse soon. Additionally, outside observers rate most Michigan public universities just so-so in quality. Perhaps the time has come to consider a new model for funding these universities, letting what Joseph Schumpeter termed “creative destruction” in dynamic competitive markets operate in higher education.
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Give the new Alger County commissioners a shot

Alger County saw massive change to the county commission this election cycle, with three incumbents totaling over 40 years of experience losing to mostly inexperienced challengers. Missing out on the experience of Catherine Pullen, Katherine “Kappy” Laing and Jerry Doucette will bring change to the county commission and sometimes change can be a little uncomfortable or scary. But as a county, we must be careful not to accidentally disrespect the new commissioners coming in.
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