Opinion

HAVLICEK: Michigan is in a state of confusion

Recent news out of the state capitol has once again changed the balance of power in our state. Last Friday, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote for Jon Hoadley to represent us

The decision of who to vote for in the U.S. Congressional election in Southwest Michigan (District MI-6) is simple. If you approve of Donald Trump, ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

BEALOR: The importance of legal parenthood

Numerous studies recognize the importance of two involved parents in children’s lives. Sometimes, “legal” parenthood can be difficult to understand. Establishing a “legal” mom is ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support, endorse VandenHeede on Nov. 3

When my family moved here from out of state 18 years ago, Dan VandenHeede was one of the first educators and coaches that I met ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dan VandenHeede for State Representative of the 78th District of Michigan

Have you ever met someone and immediately knew you liked him?  That was exactly what happened to me the first time I met Dan VandenHeede ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: onsider Amy East as the next House District 59 representative

If we can set aside political party labels for just a moment, I am asking all Michigan House District 59 readers of this letter to ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Submitted.

Leader Publications invites public to participate in election conversation

One month from today, many southwest Michigan residents will head to the polls. Many others will have already voted by mail, but will begin the ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

WILSON: New England culinary cruise: Part one

As some of you may already know, I recently retired from my most recent career position. Unfortunately, due to all the COVID-19 hub-bub, I am ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Larry Wilson.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Meet Victor Gutierrez-Schultz

If you have not met Victor Gutierrez-Schultz yet, you are missing out — especially if you are an Ontwa Township voter. Victor is a biochemist ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Encouraging voters to vote for Biden

We are writing to strongly encourage voters to choose Biden for president on Election Day.  Never before has our country experienced the level of incompetence, ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Join in voting for VandenHeede for State Representative

The framers of the City of Niles government and later the Niles Charter Commission were infinitely wise in their application of non-partisanship for the city ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

CULTON: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Most of us know at least one person who has been affected by breast cancer. Maybe it’s a family member or friend. Maybe it’s that ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Voters need to do their research

Upon receiving a campaign flyer Saturday from the John James for senator campaign committee, I noted it gave minimal, very basic information about Mr. James, ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shelton for another term as mayor

As a local Niles resident and business owner, I fully support Nick Shelton for another term as our mayor. He has facilitated tremendous growth in ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-elect Shelton for mayor

Mayor Shelton was one of the first people to welcome us to the community of Niles. He helped connect us with business owners and leaders ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

NELDON: Thankful for a safe version of my favorite tradition

This Saturday, Niles’ city streets will seem especially quiet, absent of the hundreds of floats and thousands of community members celebrating nonprofits, businesses, school teams ... Read more

1 month ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: When we know better, we do better

I believe it was in Mrs. Marie Gillette’s fourth-grade class at Justus Gage I first heard of Lewis Cass. Until just recently, I mistakenly recalled ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

APPLEGATE: Niles schools return for the 2020-21 school year

With the 2020-21 school year underway, we are seeing the plans that the Niles Community Schools teachers, staff and administrators worked so hard on come ... Read more

1 month ago by Dan Applegate.

EDITORIAL: Michigan voters — know your rights

With election day right around the corner, many are confused about where and when they can vote. Whether you intend to vote in person Nov. ... Read more

1 month ago by Staff Report.

CULTON: Fall is officially here

I don’t know when it happened, but it seems fall weather has appeared suddenly in southwest Michigan. Last week, it was hot enough for me ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

NELDON: Still time to support farmers, artisans

Did you know there are more than 700 types of garlic? Have you ever seen what happens when you sand and polish the inside of ... Read more

1 month ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What’s your editorial?

I don’t have anything new to say. It has all been said before. So why bother to write an editorial? Because every single one of ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: I endorse Julie Dye for Cass County Commission

I have been fortunate to have served on a number of community projects and social justice issues with Julie Dye. Julie is dependable, articulate, impacting, ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

PUCKETT: Let values lead the way

“Wisdom is shouting in the streets!” This declaration is from the Old Testament book of Proverbs, chapter 2. Wisdom is shouting, but is anybody listening? ... Read more

1 month ago by Dan Puckett.

WILSON: A history lesson: A decade of ‘what just happened?’

The decade of the 2000s had a rough start. To begin with, at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 1999, the entire world was expected to ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

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