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HAVLICEK: State small business relief trapped in gridlock

When Michigan received $5 billion in federal COVID funds last December, it represented crucial relief for our members and thousands of hurting businesses across the ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Choose to take one for the team

Major League Baseball is underway across the nation amid hype and high hopes. Twenty-six of the 30 teams played on opening day, kicking off a ... Read more

CULTON: The fight against COVID is not over

My great-uncle never liked having his picture taken. Whenever anyone brought out a camera, he would scowl, duck and run, hide his face behind a ... Read more

LASATA: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in Michigan, tens of thousands of children are abused or neglected — about 90 per day. In 2019, very sadly, 63 Michigan children ... Read more

COLUMN: Decreasing transition blues with co-parent visitations

If you have been to court to obtain a parenting time order, you have probably had a judge, referee or your own attorney tell you ... Read more

APPLEGATE: Reflecting on the past year and a bright future

One year ago, schools across the country scrambled to create new learning plans for what was, at the time, a completely new and unforeseen challenge. ... Read more

LASATA: Have a safe and happy Easter

For Christians, Easter Sunday is one of the most important holidays of the year as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after his ... Read more

PUCKETT: Have you gone the second mile yet?

It is easy for the teaching and the examples of Christ to get lost in the midst of the endless conflict that surrounds us. Certainly, ... Read more

PUTNAM: Time to promote open government

Transparency in government might sound like a yawn of a topic in usual times. But these are not usual times. Today, open government laws are ... Read more

LASATA: Ag Day a tribute to southwest Michigan’s farming heritage

March 23 is Ag Day in Michigan. It’s a time we set aside each year to recognize our state’s food and agriculture industry and the ... Read more

APPLEGATE: Building a family-school relationship

There has never been a more important time for school districts — including teachers, principals, counseling staff and administrators — to have strong relationships with ... Read more

LASATA: Beware of COVID-19 vaccine scams

More people are becoming eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination ahead of schedule with the availability of a third vaccine and an increasing number of ... Read more

KAUFMANN: Tapping into the unexpected power of play

Imagine that an organization offered to put your name in a prize drawing, with one stipulation: you had to play for at least 30 minutes ... Read more

LASATA: Calls for investigation into nursing home coronavirus-related deaths intensifying

The governor of New York is currently embroiled in multiple controversies, one of which is for the state’s intentional underreporting of nursing home resident deaths ... Read more

WILSON: Trying something different

At 10 minutes after 3 p.m. on a sunny spring afternoon, Big John Hudson stepped from the Amtrak train and took in the ambience of ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Snow is freedom

Students want their snow days back at Dowagiac Middle School instead of the distance learning days the schools came up with. The schools have taken ... Read more

MCKEE: Failure to pay child support could result in revoked DNR license

There is no way around it — the pandemic has put our way of living as we knew it in an upheaval. It has brought ... Read more

NELDON: Looking back on a year of togetherness

One year ago, Leader Publications published its 39th edition of Horizons. Packed with stories about progress, innovation, forward-thinking and up-and-coming leaders, we broke our tradition ... Read more

WILSON: Good fences make great neighbors

W alter Rego is a Master Wall Builder, specializing in International Perimeter Enhancement Technology. Recently, this reporter had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. ... Read more

LASATA: Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide a helpful resource that could save time, money

Tax season is upon us and, as southwest Michigan residents are preparing to file their taxes, questions may arise about what to do or about ... Read more

PUCKETT: What to do when you do not know what to do?

Have you listened to the news lately? Are you confused, discouraged, outraged? Maybe all of these, but regardless of what we perceive, we must persevere. ... Read more

WILSON: Leverage made simple

Somewhere, deep within the depths of the Never-Ending Forest, an easily agitated demigod and an equally easily agitated wizard struggled to make their way to ... Read more

CULTON: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas. It’s Horizons time! If you are not familiar, Horizons is an annual publication ... Read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Upton should wear censures as badges of honor

Congressman Upton should wear his censures by the Republican party as badges of honor and courage.  Although I have been a registered Republican for my ... Read more

WILSON: Basking in the light

These days, it might seem that our lives are filled with political tumult and social turmoil. It might seem that we are a nation divided, ... Read more

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