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Observations from where the buck stops

-For chrissakes is it cold and it’s so time for warmer weather.  As I write this early Wednesday morning it is -10 degrees. That’s actual, not wind chill. It has…

Mike’s Musings – Marion tops area schools in Bridge ranking

Last week Pat Maurer wrote an article about Bridge Magazine’s ranking of Michigan School Districts. The rankings don’t put area schools in a very favorable light. The rankings are based…

Mike’s Musings – 2.6 million seems like Hayes Township overkill

To paraphrase Kevin Costner, in 1989’s classic movie, Field of Dreams “If you build it they will come.” I harken this unforgettable statement to the announcement by Hayes Township that…

Mike’s Musings by Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor

Bullying still a major problem in schools Bullying continues to be a major problem in our school systems. Many schools have attempted to pitch greater sensitivity in a variety of…

Mike’s Musings – Warm weather dreams make cold bearable

I don’t know about you, but this weather is driving me batty, or maybe I should say southward. First the most frigid days imaginable, then coping with icy roads, and…

This weather is no big deal

This weather is for wimps. Heck what did out temperatures reach at their lowest point? -8? Big deal. How much snow accumulation have we had this winter? I say not…

Mike’s Musings– Lions fire Schwartz, Hoke should be next

Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor Okay, I confess. I am a self-proclaimed football nut. I was literally in heaven this past week with a dozen bowl games including the big one- MSU’s…

Mike’s Musings– Our communities give and give and give

Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor I have always lived by the basic creed, “It is always better to give than receive.” After working days on this year’s Christmas Wish program, I can…

Mike’s Musings– Thank you for making the Christmas Wish program a success

Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor I’ve been blown away by the generosity of some of you in Clare and Osceola counties. We decided to re-invigorate our Christmas Wish program this year, and…

Mike’s Musings– The family Christmas tree becomes a nightmare

Michael Wilcox, Publisher/Editor On our way back from a friend’s “celebration of life” in Marion, my wife, my 12-year-old son and I passed a sign that said “cut your own…