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Just Bill – Amusing accidents happen too

By Bill Diem By the time this reaches print on Wednesday, there probably has been a resolution of the blocked Suez canal, but it doesn’t take away from the fun I am having right now watching the news. I don’t suppose I should be smiling, but at the moment there is no...

On losing The Munising News

By Carol Stiffler A community needs a newspaper. What else provides something that is for all of us? Nothing else in a town binds it together like a newspaper these days. Churches bind like-minded believers, groups collect members, and schools support students and...

On writing for pleasure

By Bill Diem Humans can do things that are optional. You can have the pleasure of painting or singing or writing poems, even if you aren’t Picasso or Prince or Amanda Gorman. When I moved to London in 1995, I tried to see a play every week, at a West End theater or...

Newberry still feels like home

By Jim Diem I’ve been listening to the “Storytime with Sterling” podcasts over the past month. They deal with all sorts of information about the history of Newberry. Everything from there was never a swimming pool in the basement of the high school, to the downtown...

Dear Beautiful America

Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears. I cried on January 6. I saw pictures of lawless people invading the beautiful, symbolic U.S. Capitol. Guns were out. A woman got killed. A shirtless rebel wearing Viking horns stood in the front of the...

Who are “we the people”?

I loved reading in the paper last week about the Michigan Historical Commission’s plans to rethink some of the state’s historical markers. The big example was the one on US-2 proclaiming that Lake Michigan, the seventh largest freshwater lake in the world, was...