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A tribute to teachers in challenging times


“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” — Japanese proverb Throughout my formative years, I was fortunate to have teachers who inspired me and gave me the insight to succeed inside and outside the classroom. Beyond the book learning and the curriculums, I remember the life lessons they taught me and how […]

Remember When …



I have been looking for different things of our Genesee County history to write on to spark the minds of everybody. I hopefully don’t make too many errors in my online research, sometimes they don’t all match historical records (you know that anyone can edit Wikipedia). Last week, I made a mistake and wanted to apologize for it. I called […]

Local attractions, events prioritize innovation this year

The VIEW from here

The past several months have been tough on everyone and the tourism industry is no exception. In fact, according to the U.S. Travel Association, total travel spending is predicted to drop 45 percent by the end of this year. A dismal prediction, yes. But it’s not stopping local attractions and events from developing creative solutions to connect with visitors. Look […]

Common sense vs. politics

In response to questions submitted to the court by a federal judge (not as part of the State case now before it), the Supreme Court has said that your Governor overstepped her powers, while she did everything she could to protect you ( and them) from this insidious virus now again on the rise throughout the State and threatening to […]

Peppin is the most qualified candidate for county commissioner

As a Genesee County retiree, I have firsthand knowledge of the importance of who is elected to serve as our county commissioner. The position requires someone with the education, knowledge of local government, and practical life and employment experiences to serve effectively. Gary Peppin is that person! Gary’s life experiences have provided him with the important “tools” necessary to effectively […]

Remember When …



Now that we have learned about different types of transportation in Michigan, from horse drawn wagons, to farming equipment, to stagecoaches and trains, all of them were used to bring pioneers across the vast land of America. Genesee County is not on the Great Lakes, so there were no ships that came to our town, but our water ways were […]

Let’s talk about mental health

The VIEW from here

I think now is a very good time to have a candid conversation about mental health. I’ll start. Sometimes, I get depressed. Sometimes, I feel anxious. Sometimes, I have very good reasons to feel that way; sometimes, it just hits me for no apparent reason. This year, I’ve had a lot of reasons, everything from very real family concerns to […]

Buterakos endorses Smith for county commission

I’ve had the pleasure of serving as Treasurer of Richfield Township for the last decade. As I leave public office for my retirement, I want my community left in good hands. That’s why I’m voting for Matthew Smith for 9th District Genesee County Commissioner. Mr. Smith has done a fantastic job representing us on the Board of Education and the […]

Parent grateful for distance learning in Flushing

In response to the recent op ed questioning if taxpayer money should support schools that are being taught virtually, please allow me to enlighten you. As a mother of a child with asthma I was thrilled with Flushing’s decision to postpone in person education. I felt and still feel it is a very responsible course of action. Is it easy? […]

Flint & Genesee was well-served by the Paycheck Protection Program, in more ways than one


When the nation’s economy virtually ground to halt as state after state shut down to control the spread of the coronavirus, the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) became a lifesaver for many businesses left in the lurch. The program, administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and which ended last month, provided forgivable loans as an incentive for small […]


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