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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support emergency global funding for COVID-19 in CARES 2.0

I just want to express my support for increasing the international affairs budget. I believe that we can do better to achieve equal opportunities for ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sen. Peters is an outstanding public servant

Our elected representatives should be focused on public service.  Sen. Gary Peters is a clear and strong example of what it means to be a ... Read more

CULTON: Think of other people

Over the weekend, Cass County made national news after a video showing hundreds of people celebrating the Fourth of July on Diamond Lake, not wearing ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Join the bicycle boom

Since March, bicycles have sold in record numbers. The stars aligned in favor of outdoor cycling when the spring thaw coincided with stay-at-home orders and ... Read more

WILSON: Wanderlust 2020 tour part two: Waterfall to waterfall

By early afternoon of the first day of my “tour,” I had logged-in some tranquil meditation at the base of a waterfall near Logansport, Indiana, ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Choose carefully, wisely

“Are there no (debtor) prisons? Let them die and decrease the surplus population.” Ebenezer Scrooge in Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” is famous for these words, ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Kevin Young for treasurer of Pokagon Township

I would like to endorse Kevin Young for the job of treasurer of Pokagon Township.  Kevin has served as the township’s treasurer for the past ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hearing the siren cry

The other night I was abruptly pulled from sleep by the wail of a police siren speeding past my house. I began to call out ... Read more

NELDON: Traditions may change, but sentiment doesn’t have to

For as long as I can remember, the 4th of July has meant a trek to the Four Flags Apple Festival Fairgrounds, a cooler packed ... Read more

MATHEWS: FOC orientation program goes virtual

Going through a custody and parenting time dispute — whether in a divorce proceeding, custody, support or paternity case — can be overwhelming at times. ... Read more

HAVLICEK: Michigan’s unemployment system is facing unprecedented filings

The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency has faced unprecedented filings due to the coronavirus pandemic. Since March 15, roughly 2.3 million eligible claimants have applied for ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Advocates for education freedom, teachers back Brad Paquette for State House

The Great Lakes Education Project is a bi-partisan, nonprofit advocacy organization supporting quality choices in public education for all Michigan students, and standing up for ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Give Chokwe Pitchford a vote on Nov. 3

Chokwe Pitchford is a young man who cares deeply about the people of southwest Michigan. He has channeled his commitment into a strong campaign to ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you from our family

The family of Robert Clark would like to thank all their friends, family and neighbors for all the cards, flowers and food. We would like ... Read more

NELDON: Let’s give thanks to our local businesses

With months of economic challenges due to pandemic-related shutdowns behind us — and likely many more uncertain months ahead — locally owned businesses could use ... Read more

WILSON: Wanderlust 2020 tour part 1: On the banks of the Wabash

I could not get out of town quick enough. I considered running away back in December — when the northern climate made the siren call ... Read more

COLUMN: Let’s give thanks to our local businesses!

VOTE HERE With months of economic challenges due to pandemic-related shutdowns behind us — and likely many more uncertain months ahead — locally owned businesses ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Movements, goals are wonderful things

In his June 17 column for Leader Publications, headlined “How to deal with injustice,” Dan Puckett talks about the story of the slave Hagar in ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support Jon Hoadley for Congress

I’m writing in support of Jon Hoadley for Congress. We need a representative who will put us — the people of the 6th District — ... Read more

CULTON: Black Lives Matter

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve covered several rallies, marches and protests in our communities in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, following ... Read more

NELDON: When life gives you lemons…

Even the most optimistic among us will concede that 2020 has been ridden with challenges. In less than half a year, we have faced a ... Read more

HAVLICEK: Helping businesses survive unpredicted difficulties

I’m Arthur Havlicek, president and CEO of the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber. We are a member-based organization working to grow and promote businesses within the ... Read more

PUCKETT: How to deal with injustice

Somebody said, “Life is not fair, but it is just.” We can deal with the unfairness. Others are more talented, smarter, stronger, etc. We learn ... Read more

KAUFFMAN: A story of mask confusion

Before COVID-19, I had worn two types of masks: a bandana for particularly dusty cleaning jobs (like my young teenager’s room), and an N95 when ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Make sure to vote in November

It’s likely we will be voting by mail in the primary on Aug. 4 and the general election on Nov. 3. If the polls are ... Read more

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