Editorials Archive

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 […]

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 […]