Well it’s final: the results are in, and those of us older than 50 who watch more than 3.5 hours of TV a day show twice the decline in verbal memory over six years. A recently released study, in Britain’s Scientific Reports, looks at nearly 3,600 adults and confirms it.

— To the nearly 30 children who participated in the Camp 911 field day, held at the Township Ambulance Authority’s Bellaire location, to learn about the emergency medical services field.

HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” recently aired a segment that took a critical look at the unfulfilled promises of “District Detroit,” which is the area surrounding the new Little Caesars Arena.

I believe the three most important documents a person needs are a will, a financial power of attorney and a health care power of attorney (or a patient advocate designation). These three documents are the building blocks toward a solid estate plan and peace of mind. With them you are able to…

Summer in Michigan means enjoying the sunshine, lakes and beaches, parades, family barbecues and countless other warm weather activities. The summer months should be fun for students, but it can also be a time when students unknowingly let their academic knowledge slip, also known as “summer…

As lifelong Michiganders, we have dedicated ourselves to serving the people, families and communities of Michigan. As faith leaders, we believe that all people, regardless of who they are or where they come from, should be treated as children of God.

There’s a fine line between being a town with a craft, artisanal, winery-laden and brewery-brimming culture — and one with a drinking problem.

Providing a sufficient supply of workforce housing is a problem not only in Traverse City, but most everywhere. It's not a new problem — but it does seem the issue is becoming more acute.

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.

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