When one door closes…

Things aren’t exactly great for brick and mortar businesses. Big name brands and some smaller ones are closing up shop due to what’s called the “Amazon Effect” or in more general terms, online shopping. When Shopko executives filed for...

Story a reminder there’s no ‘typical’ victim

As this week’s front page story illustrates, looks can be deceiving when it comes to heart health. An active wife and mother of three who’s always been into fitness and health, she was actually running a marathon when she was stricken with a heart attack....

‘Lame duck’ sessions should be eliminated

A constitutional amendment to eliminate the ‘lame duck’ sessions for the Michigan legislature is both a bold and brilliant move by area Republican State Rep. Gary Howell. Howell recently proposed a plan that would eliminate legislative sessions from...

Trickle down attitudes toward public education

Education funding in Michigan is a real patchwork affair. The dollars directed toward schools comes from many different sources and the formulas seem to be ever changing since legislators in Lansing can’t seem to settle on a long-term plan other than regular...

Knowledge, involvement key to good government

Representative government. When we all work together, it’s what makes our democracy great. Problems arise when those elected to represent the people act in ways that don’t align with those who elected them. In Almont, government officials got a big...

New year, new opportunity to shine light on state government

Another new year and another new opportunity for state lawmakers to get serious about transparency in government. Currently, Michigan ranks at the bottom rung of the ladder as the only state in the nation where state law exempts the governor and lieutenant governor...