Editorials Archive

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 […]

A good time to review the sign ordinance

BIG RAPIDS  –  Despite local drivers’ best efforts to be vigilant, accidents still can happen. Blinking, flashing, and garishly bright lighted signs advertising a number of Big Rapids businesses may be creating an added distraction. The Big Rapids Department of Neighborhood Services has received roughly 10 complaints about electronic signs already this month . There is […]

A good time to review the sign ordinance

D espite local drivers’ best efforts to be vigilant, accidents still can happen.  Blinking, flashing and garishly bright lighted signs advertising a number of Big Rapids businesses may be creating an added distraction. The Big Rapids Department of Neighborhood Services has received roughly 10 complaints about electronic signs already this month. There is no doubt that […]

A salute to our Rotarian friends

For visitors to the Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair, an often anxiously awaited part of the fair experience is sitting down to another hearty grilled chicken lunch served up by enthusiastic members of the Rotary Club of Big Rapids. The smell of chicken on the grills is intoxicating. The food is wonderful and the service […]

Thanks for 30 years of service

Thirty years. Impressive! Thirty years of service to the Big Rapids community. When Warren Hansen wraps up his work week on Friday, he’ll be ending a 30-year career with Big Rapids Fire Department and the Department of Public Safety. As reported in his “exit interview” with the Pioneer, Hansen has seen a lot, done a […]

Don’t miss out on fair fun

The wait is over. For dozens of 4-H Club members and their adult organization leaders, the culmination of a year’s effort is close at hand. The Mecosta County Agricultural Free Fair is off and running and the daily judging of 4-H projects — both still and live — is going strong. Lots and lots of […]

Use some common sense this summer

“There is nothing more uncommon than common sense.”  — Frank Lloyd Wright American architect As we move slowly through summer, it grows ever harder not to notice the increasing number of incidents in and around our community in which a healthy dose of common sense seems to be lacking. People tubing end up going missing […]

‘The first wealth is health’

“The first wealth is health.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson Many of us at the Pioneer are taking part in a 100-day wellness program designed to encourage a more healthy approach to life. It isn’t a mandatory program, and the entire project is really set up to be fun and not at all a burden. If […]

Thank you Honor Flight

Some 80 West Michigan area residents, veterans of the United States armed forces, flew to Washington, D.C. Tuesday accompanied by members of an organization dedicated to saluting the service of the men and women who gave their best efforts in protecting a grateful nation. The veterans visited memorials throughout the nation’s capital city, and enjoyed […]

We salute the Sobriety Court efforts

“I   have other obligations now — the show, my family, my life — though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn’t have any of those things.”   — Rob Lowe Having passed a reasonable test of time, and with a measurable level of success there can be no doubt the local Sobriety Court has […]