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Board of Trustees shows us true vision of college

Board of Trustees shows us true vision of college

“Focus.” Webster’s Dictionary lists the meaning of the word focus as “the center of interest or activity.” This week the West Shore Community College board of Trustees showed us all by their actions what the word really means. Over the course of the last 11 days there has been a series of things transpiring at […]

GUEST COLUMN: A tribute to fishermen, long overdue

By WALT GAUTHIER Guest Columnist How’s the fishing on the big lake today? That is probably the most popular question among fishermen today. Salmon fishing in the Manistee area reaches its peak in July and August. However, many of you younger fishermen/fisherwomen, don’t know that 47 years ago there was no fishing going on in Lake Michigan at all! Yes! […]

MICHELLE GRAVES: I’ve been hacked!

MICHELLE GRAVES: I’ve been hacked!

I was getting ready for work a few days ago, while my significant other was checking Facebook. “You might want to look at this!” he called to me. He showed me a post I made 15 minutes earlier … only I hadn’t posted it. Nearly 100 of my “closest friends” were encouraged to check out […]

NANCY KAFFER: When did Michigan stop caring about its schools?

Let’s talk about property values, what kinds of communities tend to attract and keep families with children, and Michigan’s broken school funding system. Or let’s not, because it seems like a conversation most Michiganders aren’t ready to have. Across the state, districts are struggling to fulfill their obligations to students and communities — 52 ended […]

Investing in our future

Investing in our future

Education page coordinator note: This is the last in a series of columns the News Advocate has featured over the past seven weeks on education. In the past six articles we have featured students writing about different components of education. Today, we feature Bear Lake science teacher John Prokes talking about his decision to leave […]

BRIAN DICKERSON: How to make elections in Michigan matter

BY BRIAN DICKERSON Guest Columnist If you’re among the overwhelming majority of Michigan voters who stayed home for last Tuesday’s primary election, you’ve likely squandered your only chance to say who will represent you in the Michigan Legislature or the U.S. House for the next two years. It shouldn’t be that way. Technically, last week’s […]