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WILSON: Chickadee splats

A rampant pestilence was about to overrun the Elven Kingdom of Harmonium – or so the Town Crier proclaimed from the midst of the town ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Redefining resolutions: Trash, treasure, dreams

The new year crept in quietly this year. In previous years, after 10 solid minutes of fireworks noise, I would mutter at my neighbors to ... Read more

HAVLICEK: Whitmer veto jeopardizes benefits, harms businesses

On Dec. 21, the Michigan Legislature passed a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill, which provided help for small businesses, support for frontline workers and extended unemployment ... Read more

CULTON: Don’t shoot the messenger

The past few weeks — honestly, the past few years — have been tumultuous in America. Between warring political parties, simmering racial tensions and upheaval ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Past incident provides roadmap

On July 28, 2012, three anti-nuclear bomb peace activists from the Plowshares organization broke into a supposedly impenetrable maximum-security compound in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trump incited mob violence against our democracy

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Donald Trump incited a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol.  During the weeks prior to Jan. 6, Trump repeatedly urged his ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you, Congressman Upton

In past letters, I have been critical of Congressman Fred Upton because of his support of President Trump. On Jan. 13, Mr. Upton restored my ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to a fantastic community

2020 took many events and traditions away from families, organizations and the community.  “Shop with a Cop” pairs local kids with Dowagiac police officers and ... Read more

BEALOR: What access do parents have to children’s records?

Absent a court order to the contrary or other applicable law, parents in Michigan are granted equal access to their children’s records or information including ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democracy is under attack

Our democracy is under attack by Donald Trump and his corrupt enablers. Trump repeatedly claims (falsely) that the election was “stolen” from him by “massive ... Read more

COLUMN: Remember our history

As I have sat and watched the events of the past few days unfold, I have found myself searching my memory for the lessons I ... Read more

WILSON: The way things were supposed to be: Part one

Once upon a time (because that is the proper way to begin all good fairy tales, flights of fantasy, and tall tales of make-believe), a ... Read more

LASATA: Serving, helping southwest Michigan is my top priority

The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most difficult in many of our lifetimes. Issues that people never thought they would have ... Read more

WILSON: The way things were supposed to be: Part two

The Kingdom of Individual Tribes of Harmonium was comprised of several elf tribes, with each Tribe comfortably living life according to their own preferred customs, ... Read more

COLUMN: ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

More than 100 years ago, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as ... Read more

NOVAK: Two surprises to start off my day

Not much takes me by surprise these days. But as I went through my morning ritual of checking the emails in my inbox, I got ... Read more

CULTON: Shop local this Christmas

There might not be much snow on the ground, and many of us may be feeling less jolly than in years past, but Christmas is ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Give the gift of hope

We all need a sign that life is going to get better. A few glimmers of hope are peeking over the horizon. This month, the ... Read more

COLUMN: Christmas is still magical to me

You would think as I near the age of 60 and have a daughter who just turned 27, that Christmas would have lost some of ... Read more

COLUMN: Finding the lights in the darkness

I grew up in a house that went all out for Christmas. My mom, who to this day I am convinced is a certified elf, ... Read more

WILSON: You can’t get there from here

Back when times were much simpler — long before traffic jams, expressways and LED traffic alert signs — getting from one place to another was ... Read more

NELDON: Leader Publications newspapers transitioning to weekly format

Eight months ago, Leader Publications made significant changes to how the Niles Daily Star and Dowagiac Daily News are distributed — reducing frequency from five ... Read more

LASATA: New auto insurance law saving people real money

The biggest change to auto insurance in our state in generations took effect just months ago. Reforming the formerly outdated auto no-fault law was one ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Salvation Army hires seasonal employment

With the new order in place for the next few weeks, we know that some individuals working in restaurants and other businesses may be short ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cass County Cancer Service gives thanks

All of us here at the Cass County Cancer Service would like to thank Imperial Furniture for doing their annual October fundraiser event, Real Men ... Read more

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