I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a gentleman in his mid-60s, along with his thoughtful son. As we walked through the various retirement decision scenarios, I once again was reminded of the power of working longer.

The upcoming TCAPS school board election on Nov. 6 provides our community with an unprecedented opportunity to elect five new board members at once. This potential for positive change could not come at a better time, as much of our academic data across the district is only slightly above the…

Soybean prices sank near a 10-year low this week, trading on Tuesday for a mere $8.13 per bushel. A record-breaking soybean crop and low foreign demand due to ongoing trade disputes are stifling the market.

Proposal 2 on the November statewide ballot seeks to move responsibility for drawing the lines that define congressional and legislative districts away from the Michigan Legislature and give it to an independent commission made up of randomly appointed citizens.

Being a new face at a historic, deeply-rooted organization can be a bit daunting. Our community is dotted with buildings and structures named for past associates of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, and the current Chamber membership is Rolodex of leaders and thinkers that are help…

If you possessed a Victrola in 1933, you could play the latest Victor release, a Broadway lullaby by the legendary songwriting team of Billy Rose, Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen: “It’s only a paper moon, hanging over a cardboard sea.”

Rickea Jackson is a junior at Detroit Edison Public School Academy (DEPSA), a charter school that’s one of the highest-performing schools in Detroit. In addition to being a standout student, she’s also one of the best high school basketball players in the country, ranked as the No. 9 prospec…

— To those who contributed to this year's TC Patriot Game, as well as those it honors. America’s protectors have been honored since 2012 at the annual event — one of the highest-attended high school football games in Michigan.

One thing everyone agreed on when we passed the 2016 energy law in the Michigan Legislature is that an “all of the above” energy strategy is essential for Michigan’s energy future; in fact, alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, waste to energy, geothermal and hydro power already ma…

The cost of Michigan automobile insurance is often debated. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a single complaint about the Michigan vehicle registration fee structure. This is extremely disheartening because the current Michigan vehicle registration fee schedule severely penalizes drivers of …

Thomas Jefferson once said that the greatest threat to the liberties and rights of Americans is the centralization of power into one body. Money is power.

There’s growing evidence of rapidly spreading income and opportunity divides between the dynamic, growing metropolitan areas of America’s East and West coasts and the Heartland in between.

My column in the Record Eagle on Sept. 8, 2015, focused on celebrating Munson Medical Center’s 100th anniversary and honoring the legacy of James Decker Munson, M.D. In that column, I retold the story of how Dr. Munson’s generosity and foresight laid the groundwork for the medical culture an…

I was pounding away on my computer keyboard the other day when I realized how much my typing skills have improved since that long-ago high school semester when I struggled to earn a passing grade in typing class.

It was not an easy decision in 2010 to shift School Aid Fund money away from K-12 schools to fund community colleges. I know. I was there. And I voted for it, albeit reluctantly.

Many Americans struggle to pay for health insurance. Premiums for Americans who buy their own insurance — rather than receiving it from an employer — have doubled since the implementation of Obamacare. Those increases have hurt communities and strained the lives of our families, friends and …

— To Elk Rapids High School, which remained one of the top scorers in Michigan according to SAT data released recently.

When he was hired in 2000, Jim Pavelka immediately took stock of the day-to-day workings of the district. He visited every building and department in TCAPS and discovered his staff was being harassed by his building administrators and executive team. He convened a meeting of the management t…

In June the City of Traverse City Commission faced little opposition to levying a new 1 mill tax — which will annually yield more than $875,000 of additional taxes — for roads and sidewalks. Taxpayers and residents of the city are as close to unified as they can be on the subject.

Over the last several weeks, health insurance specialists like myself have been spending countless hours studying for our annual re-certification for the 2019 Center for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) Annual Enrollment Period (AEP). Starting on Oct. 15 and going through Dec. 7, more than 6…

Michiganders are understandably concerned about water quality. Recent discoveries of unusual pollutants have stirred questions about how we can better protect our environment and ensure clean drinking water for ourselves and future generations.

Hog prices exploded to a two-month high on Friday as markets assessed a new threat: an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China. The highly contagious and fatal disease has been found on 18 farms across six provinces in China, the world’s largest hog producer and consumer. While the di…

When someone enlists into the military, future healthcare is probably not one of the main reasons for joining. Many veterans believe that several years after serving they can just walk into a VA hospital and get healthcare. This is simply not true.

A recent Record-Eagle story addressed the saga of a man’s neighborhood complaints about smoke and noise from a nearby campground. He publicly addressed those complaints to his township’s governing body and in a letter to the Record-Eagle. He said the campground wasn’t being neighborly and ca…

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