Opinion

HAVLICEK: Breaking down the House’s COVID Recovery Plan

Michigan House Republicans have introduced and passed three supplemental budget bills which together comprise their $3.5 billion Help and Hope for Struggling Michiganders plan. Much ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Upton censure is disappointing

I am truly disappointed in the Republican Party of Cass County’s recent censuring of Congressman Fred Upton.  In contrast to this, I agree with Rep. ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

KAUFMANN: Moderation for a healthy heart

February is American Heart Month, and not just because of Valentine’s Day. Heart disease, which includes heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, tops the list ... Read more

2 months ago by Chrissie Kaufmann.

SYTSMA: Make time for parenting

Time spent with children is some of the most meaningful time in a parent’s day. When parents separate, or never lived together with their children, ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

WILSON: Challenges of pandemic retirement

As previously noted, I have taken on a new challenge; a lifestyle shift of all-encompassing proportions. I retired. Also, as previously noted, since it happened ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

LASATA: Happy 184th birthday to the Great Lakes State!

On Jan. 26, Michiganders celebrated our state’s 184th birthday, marking the date in 1837 — after 30 years as an official U.S. territory — when ... Read more

2 months ago by Kim LaSata.

APPLEGATE: Social emotional learning amid a pandemic

Working alongside families, educators help in building a foundation for their students so that they can grow academically, socially and emotionally. With growing concerns for ... Read more

2 months ago by Dan Applegate.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Well, it’s over

For 80-plus million Americans Inauguration Day was the beginning of America’s Great Catharsis. Perhaps the world’s, too. For those 74-plus million who voted for the ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

WILSON: I went to the doctor the other day

I went to the doctor the other day ­— and when I say “the other day,” I am talking about seven months ago. I did ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Asking the right question

In a recent interview, Nancy Pelosi was asked what guided her in making decisions. She said she always asked herself how it affected children. This ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

WILSON: Chickadee splats

A rampant pestilence was about to overrun the Elven Kingdom of Harmonium – or so the Town Crier proclaimed from the midst of the town ... Read more

3 months ago by Larry Wilson.

KAUFMANN: Redefining resolutions: Trash, treasure, dreams

The new year crept in quietly this year. In previous years, after 10 solid minutes of fireworks noise, I would mutter at my neighbors to ... Read more

3 months ago by Chrissie Kaufmann.

HAVLICEK: Whitmer veto jeopardizes benefits, harms businesses

On Dec. 21, the Michigan Legislature passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill, which provided help for small businesses, support for frontline workers and extended unemployment ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

CULTON: Don’t shoot the messenger

The past few weeks — honestly, the past few years — have been tumultuous in America. Between warring political parties, simmering racial tensions and upheaval ... Read more

3 months ago by Sarah Culton.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Past incident provides roadmap

On July 28, 2012, three anti-nuclear bomb peace activists from the Plowshares organization broke into a supposedly impenetrable maximum-security compound in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trump incited mob violence against our democracy

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Donald Trump incited a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.  During the weeks prior to Jan. 6, Trump repeatedly urged his ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, Congressman Upton

In past letters, I have been critical of Congressman Fred Upton because of his support of President Trump. On Jan. 13, Mr. Upton restored my ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to a fantastic community

2020 took many events and traditions away from families, organizations and the community.  “Shop with a Cop” pairs local kids with Dowagiac police officers and ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

BEALOR: What access do parents have to children’s records?

Absent a court order to the contrary or other applicable law, parents in Michigan are granted equal access to their children’s records or information including ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democracy is under attack

Our democracy is under attack by Donald Trump and his corrupt enablers. Trump repeatedly claims (falsely) that the election was “stolen” from him by “massive ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

COLUMN: Remember our history

As I have sat and watched the events of the past few days unfold, I have found myself searching my memory for the lessons I ... Read more

3 months ago by Scott Novak.

WILSON: The way things were supposed to be: Part one

Once upon a time (because that is the proper way to begin all good fairy tales, flights of fantasy, and tall tales of make-believe), a ... Read more

3 months ago by Larry Wilson.

LASATA: Serving, helping southwest Michigan is my top priority

The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most difficult in many of our lifetimes. Issues that people never thought they would have ... Read more

4 months ago by Kim LaSata.

WILSON: The way things were supposed to be: Part two

The Kingdom of Individual Tribes of Harmonium was comprised of several elf tribes, with each Tribe comfortably living life according to their own preferred customs, ... Read more

4 months ago by Larry Wilson.

COLUMN: ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

More than 100 years ago, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as ... Read more

4 months ago by Submitted.

< Newer | Older >