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WILSON: Leave me alone

These are strange times…strange times, indeed. I have survived blizzards that left people snowbound and hunkered down for nearly a week. I have witnessed tornadoes ... Read more

VANDENHEEDE: Message of hope

Dan Vandenheede is a Niles city council member who coaches in Dowagiac. He can be contacted by email, or by phone, (269) 635-8458. These ... Read more

CULTON: Be kind to your essential workers

Sunday, after two days of exercising proper social distancing and going stir crazy within my apartment, I decided to make a state-approved trip to the ... Read more

PAWLOSKI: Don’t forget the nonprofits

Ric Pawloski is the executive director of the Ferry Street Resource Center in Niles. He can be reached at This is an incredible time ... Read more

WILSON: A metaphysical task: Part three

Previously: Quite inexplicably, a creature known as the Human, met up with a still, small, Voice at the edge of the universe. While there, the ... Read more

LASATA: Online instruction should be counted during times of crisis

On March 12, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered all schools in Michigan to be closed in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. While this and other ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: President Trump is a threat to the health, safety of our country

From the beginning of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Donald Trump has repeatedly misrepresented the seriousness of this threat to the American people. He has also ... Read more

CULTON: We will survive this

It’s undeniable that now is a scary time. Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a “stay home, stay safe” executive order, which mandates that Michigan residents ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future. This week we have witnessed societal and financial market disruptions caused by the coronavirus. Consider this to be a mild peek ... Read more

APPLEGATE: Community appreciation during the coronavirus shutdown

With the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) causing the governor to close schools and restrict gathering at restaurants and public facilities, we are in ... Read more

NELDON: ‘Look for the helpers’

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You ... Read more

TARRANT: Sunshine is important now more than ever

“Sunshine is the best disinfectant,” so stated Justice Louis Brandeis. The Michigan Press Association feels strongly that transparency in government is crucial to democracy. Especially ... Read more

KUBATZKE: Don’t underestimate the education from community colleges

Community colleges have been around for almost 120 years, yet we’re still a little misunderstood. Our story began in Joliet, Illinois, during the dawn of ... Read more

ARSENEAU: The suffrage movement in Michigan

March is Women’s History Month and 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most important milestones in the struggle for women to gain ... Read more

LYONS: Let us show our appreciation to those who serve for our country

Few people know that the National Guard is the oldest branch of the military service in America — older by far than either the U.S. ... Read more

WILSON: A metaphysical task: Part two

Previously: At the far side of the universe, in the crease of a small cosmic wrinkle, a cradle of pure energy held a singular point. ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: President Donald Trump is dangerously incompetent

Our country is currently in the midst of a serious public health crisis. We are greatly in need of competent, honest leadership. Sadly, the current ... Read more

LASATA: Cracking down on prices in times of emergency

We are living in extraordinary times — unprecedented times, in fact. As we enter this new normal in the age of coronavirus, most people are ... Read more

ANDERSON: Find yourself behind on property taxes?

HOPE ANDERSON is the Cass County Treasurer. She can be reached at (269) 445-4468 to get more information or set up an appointment. If you ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ICE causes the Ibrahim Parlak’s deportation plight

Ibrahim Parlak’s deportation plight is caused by ICE being overzealous under the Trump administration. Ibrahim has been an exemplary resident of our country for the ... Read more

WILSON: A metaphysical task: Part one

At the far end of the universe, at a point in the space/time continuum where everything tiptoes along the edge of nothingness, a cosmic wrinkle ... Read more

LASATA: Healthy habits help: Do your part to help prevent spread of illness

The COVID-19 virus, commonly called coronavirus, has swept the world, both in terms of infections and news coverage. The relative speed of its spread and ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Keep the bad germs at bay

Chrissie Kaufmann is a group fitness instructor at the YMCA of Greater Michiana. Viruses have been making their rounds in our area and sometimes they ... Read more

NELDON: Changes present opportunities for readers

Change is never easy, but sometimes it is necessary. Nobody understands this concept better than newspaper publishers. As technology has presented more and more ways ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don’t forget to vote in the primary March 10

March 10 is an important and fast approaching day in Michigan: Presidential Primary Voting Day. A few things: Only Biden, Sanders and (tecnically) Gabbard are ... Read more

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