As a first-generation college graduate, I wasn’t always sure that college was going to be an option my family could afford. My dad is an auto worker and my mom is a cafeteria aide at a local high school. My parents wanted the best for me, but we didn’t know how we would be able to make it ha…

- To Michele Howard, who is poised to become Traverse Area District Library’s next director. TADL board members unanimously picked Howard, of Traverse City, said Caroline Gersch, board president. Howard is currently head of adult educational programming for TADL.

Father’s Day celebrates dads — those mythical beings who reliably bring home a paycheck, fix a leaky roof, provide an endless and sometimes-appreciated stream of parental advice, and instinctively know when a simple game of catch can help a son or daughter through an emotional moment.

As the climate crisis and mass extinctions threaten the existence of our civilization, there are three major problems we need to confront as a society in order to transition to a better world. Currently, we are ignoring them. These problems involve our population, our greed and our faith in growth.

Let’s congratulate and welcome the new state superintendent, Michael Rice. I know he is up to the challenge of assuring that the focus remains on what Michigan can do to assure that our children receive the education they need to be prepared for their future, not our past.

Smart money chased gold prices higher all week in “flight to quality” buying fueled by geopolitical fears, continuing ultralow interest rates, the trade dispute with China, and thoughts that Washington will allow bigger and bigger deficits.

In April, our research team released the first in a series of reports exploring promising approaches to improving the academic lives of Detroit students, specifically focused on issues of student enrollment and attendance.

Michigan’s city managers, county executives and others entrusted with delivering government services know the lesson all too well: Property tax revenues in our state can fall quickly, and have — the financial crisis and subsequent real-estate collapse of 2008-09 drained dollars from public c…

Taking the one and only high school out of a community is as violent and brutal as ripping a baby out of a mother’s arms. A mother will go out of her way to help her child and protect her child. She will exhaust all resources.

The pool can cause serious injuries and fatal accidents. On average, 10 people — mostly children — drown daily in the U.S. The National Safety Council aims to reduce harm and improve health by educating the public on how to stay safe in and around bodies of water.

— To local graduates who recently walked across a stage and into the next phase of their lives. We wish you all the luck in the world.

People are starting to worry about a recession. Based on the Federal Reserve’s reaction, it is too. Yet, recessions don’t just happen without warning and economic expansions don’t come with set expiration dates.

As executive director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators, I see firsthand the challenges our public school leaders face in serving the unique needs of their students, often doing more with less.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its newest monthly estimates on the U.S. employment situation, showing a gloomier outlook. While unemployment remains at a 49-year low of 3.6 percent, very few new jobs are being created and wages are increasing tepidly. The newest report showed o…

It is time for the public sector, namely Traverse City Light & Power, to step in and build a new and needed fiber broadband network that will bring low-cost, reliable internet service to all residents and businesses in our city and beyond.

Reforming auto insurance has been a priority since the beginning of this legislative term — in fact it was a key issue during November’s campaign season for many members. Folks from every corner of our state have been overly burdened by the current system and they made their voices heard.

We know that the freshest, most nutritious food available is the food that’s grown by our local farmers. Providing residents in Northwest Michigan with a vast array of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the growing season is a commitment our farmers have made to support the health and we…

Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council has taken a position on the draft mission statements offered in the strategic plan for the Lower Boardman/Ottaway River:

When the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed, many in the GOP claimed that it was a bill designed to help the middle class. Yet the true nature of the bill was massive corporate welfare. Huge tax cuts to major corporations — and although posting large profits, allowing many of them to pay …

It’s easy — especially as spring rains leave us awash in blooms; hopeful green frames our twinkling blue waters; and Adirondack chairs return to the porch — to see the idyllic side of our community.

— To John and Kim Lefler, the Grand Traverse Area Veterans Coalition and the local veterans' community. Christopher Kowitz, who was in the U.S. Air Force from 2004-2010 and was disabled in an explosion during his time in Iraq, visited northern Michigan recently and was moved by the welcome h…

I can see all the greens — and the ruby tints from the maples — above the Boardman River. There are a myriad of greens: green trees, green river, green rushes, the green heron. Slowly, in this cold late spring, the river becomes obscured by leaves on the trees.

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