Editorials Archive

Thank you for the Fall Festival

Cops and robbers, ghouls and goblins, Disney characters and superheros graced our city streets last weekend and we owe it all to a few folks who work hard so the rest of us could play. We would like to thank the organizers of the Big Rapids Fall Festival. We recently enjoyed this event’s community camaraderie […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Shocking NFL study demands action

The National Football League has bigger trouble than the disgusting domestic violence cases dominating headlines this fall. In September, it quietly released a study that revealed one-third of its players — one third — can expect to suffer long-term cognitive problems, including dementia, after retiring. And this was a study commissioned by the league. Listen […]

Goodbye to Riverdays

Earlier this week, it was announced that the Big Rapids Riverdays Festival is to be discontinued. At first wash, this action by the organizing committee team may seem a bit disappointing. The declared purpose of Riverdays is to “create a weekend-long festival over the Labor Day weekend that would keep local residents in town and […]

GUEST EDITORIAL: Why print still matters

Print media, those of us in the newspaper industry have been told for years, is a dying trade. With the proliferation of cable news, Internet outlets and social media, consumers can get their news in real time. The result is the irrelevancy of outlets that operate at the comparatively glacial pace of print. That’s the […]

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 […]