Editorials Archive

GUEST EDITORIAL: Michigan Senate stalls government transparency bill

Republican state legislators are forever lamenting that government should be conducted more like a business. But who would want to own a business whose employees considered it none of management’s business how or whether they were doing their jobs? That’s the dysfunctional relationship that prevails between many local government officials and the citizens they ostensibly […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: The nation remembers

The nation remembers the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The nation remembers the 2,977 people killed in New York City, Washington, D.C. and outside of Shanksville, Pa. The nation remembers, among those killed, the first responders who perished during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapses of the towers. Killed were 343 New York City […]

Congratulations to Angels of Action

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”  — John Holmes, American author For the past few years, volunteers with the Angels of Action organization have been laboring to make sure young people throughout the community have some of the basics they need to help get them through […]

Thanks to Breakfast on the Farm volunteers

A sincere salute and heartfelt congratulations go out to the organizers of the Breakfast on the Farm event held this the past weekend. All who attended — thousands of area residents and visitors — enjoyed a wonderful, fun, educational, informational and exhilarating day on a working dairy farm. All who didn’t attend …welllllll …you simply must make […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Learning from tragedy

The entertainment world and fans are reeling from the loss of beloved actor, comedian and father Robin Williams. He died earlier this week of suicide. It seems improbable. Williams’ characters were often so vibrant. His stand up was so energetic and funny. He was nearly universally loved. Some loved him for his ground-breaking take on […]

NCAA decision could change college sports

Northwestern University’s first football game is more than two weeks away, but fans are already speculating on possible bowl destinations, including the Outback Bowl, the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Each bowl comes with a hefty payout, which is shared by the schools in the Big Ten. The schools […]

A hearty thank you to Stage-M

Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-do. We have a perfect puzzle for you. Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-dee. If you are wise, you’ll listen to me. What did you miss if you missed Stage-M’s play? Great entertainment, both night and day. How could you manage to miss so much fun? Now, you’ll never know what Charlie won! Oompa Loompa doom-pa-dee-da. […]

On hiring teachers

“E veryone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.”  — American philosopher Sidney Hook What an encouraging sign it is to read that some school districts in our area are hiring teachers. Both Chippewa Hills and Big Rapids district boards approved the […]