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Saluting our heroes


With Memorial Day approaching on May 27, I wish to dedicate this week’s column to members of our nation’s military, along with veterans from every branch of the United States Armed Forces. Words alone cannot describe my gratitude for the daily efforts undertaken by U.S. service members to keep our country safe and secure. What’s more, I feel indebted to […]

Can’t fight getting old – you just have to go with the flow


Two important milestones just happened in my life, more specifically in the lives of my children, and it made me stop for a moment and think – getting old isn’t so bad after all. My daughter, Lucy, graduated Siena Heights University in Adrian. She’s now looking to go on to law school. Meanwhile my son, Sam, turned 16 and got […]

Join us in a community dialogue about creating an economic vision for Flint & Genesee


Genesee County, the City of Flint and the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce have partnered in an unprecedented, community-driven effort to establish a common economic vision that will drive our region forward through the years ahead. This collaborative, yearlong process – called ‘Forward Together’ – launched in February and is being led by a 24-member, citizen Steering Committee. To […]

Occasionally life takes a detour


My college graduation is this Saturday. I finished my master’s degree at Central Michigan University, and the commencement ceremony is set for 1 p.m. When I started working on this degree, I envisioned wearing the cap and gown and the very awesome-looking stole that drapes around your neck and down your back. I had waited until my five children were […]

Parental expectations: when enough is enough


I t’s a big year in the Button house with our daughter graduating from college and our youngest son graduating from high school in the next few weeks. There are conversations, all of which boil down to a single question: “So, what’s next?” My children’s answers reflect the fact that they are taking their lives into their own hands. Kristina […]

Rebranding the old “to-do” list


I t all started innocently enough. Years ago, when I forgot to do something important and it cost me a bunch of money, I started leaving notes to myself. At first, it was just a little reminder here and there, things like “Pick up mom from bus station,” or “MAIL TAXES, don’t just put a stamp on the envelope and […]

When a challenge goes too far


I f you have a teenage son or daughter, chances are you know a thing or two about internet challenges. That is, online dares that encourage kids and teens to engage in something silly and/or dangerous and post video proof of their acts to social media. Over the years, dozens of viral “challenges” have made their rounds on YouTube, Instagram […]

Truth is in the eye of the beholder


The truth is a funny thing. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon recently gave an example of the power of the truth when instead of being blackmailed by risqué photos, admitted the truth of their origin and was willing to have them published. That’s the kind of truth that attracts people to journalism. Truth, like light uncovers and exposes darkness. Lies […]

Mail carriers urge dog bite prevention

Did anyone bite you at work today? On average, nearly 15 mail carriers per day will say, “Yes.” Postal Service officials report that in 2018, 5,714 letter carriers experienced dog bites or dog attacks. With deliveries every day, including Sundays and holidays, carriers continue to experience dog bites in urban, suburban and rural settings. Dog attacks and bites are 100 […]

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