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Mark Christensen

GUEST VIEW: Snowplows need room to groom

In cooperation with an education campaign launched by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM), the Road Commission for Montcalm County urges motorists to drive safely around snow removal equipment and remember, “Snowplows need room to groom.”

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Local legislators reflect on right-to-work bill

Upon the passing of last week’s Workplace Fairness and Equity Act, more commonly known as right-to-work, Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took time to discuss their thoughts on the passing of the bill at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College. “This was very controversial and there was a lot of demonstration at the Capitol,” Outman said. “It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time, coming from the educational community.”

From left, Dave Cook of Ionia, Lynn Mason of Belding and Mike Huckleberry of Greenville pose for a photograph at a protest against right-to-work legislation at the state Capitol in Lansing earlier this month. — Courtesy photo

Local protesters react to historic Michigan legislation

As Lynn Mason rallied at the state Capitol with fellow protesters earlier this month, she could feel the passion. The Belding woman was one of many to protest what has become commonly known as right-to-work legislation. Contrary to its name, the legislation actually addresses the right for workers to choose whether they want to join a union or pay fees that amount to union dues. The legislation prohibits “closed shops,” where workers have no choice but to join a union or pay those fees. The legislation does not apply to law enforcement employees or firefighters, who are covered under binding arbitration.

Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, left, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speak Monday afternoon during the monthly Legislative Luncheon at Montcalm Community College. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Legislators talk about key education bills that were struck down

One of the consequences of the legislative “lame duck” session, which occurs whenever one legislative body meets after its successor is elected, but before the successor’s term begins, is that it is common for a plethora of bills and laws to make their way through the house and senate and onto Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk without much discussion. As Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, pointed out at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College, that was very much the case this year as nearly 190 bills were passed within a 24-hour period last week.

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Belding schools promote Shriver to superintendent

You don’t have to look far when searching for the new superintendent of Belding Area Schools. After completing a positive preliminary review of Sara Shriver’s first six months served as the interim superintendent of Belding Area Schools during a special meeting last week, school board members voted unanimously Monday night to amend her position, removing the interim tag and promoting her to superintendent.

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Montcalm County cuts funds for conservation district

The Montcalm Conservation District is losing half of its county funding next year. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday to reduce conservation district funding from $12,000 to $6,000, per a recommendation from the county’s Solid Waste Management & Planning Committee after discussion at the committee’s Oct. 18 and Nov. 14 meetings. The extra $6,000 will go to the county’s recycling program.

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 18, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

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OUR VIEW: Right-to-work timing, handling unfortunate

Our “It wasn’t on my agenda … before it was on my agenda” Gov. Rick Snyder has given his imprimatur to an assault on one of Michigan’s most heretofore unassailable traditions: the union shop.

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Congressman Dave Camp is cancer-free

Today, following chemotherapy treatments for non-Hodgkins large B-cell lymphoma, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced that his doctors have declared him cancer-free.

Lakeview’s Caleb Ruvalcaba (24) pulls up for a final second jumper at the end of the third quarter on Monday night. Ruvalcaba scored 14 points in a 64-47 win over Chippewa Hills.

Sophomores lead Lakeview to victory

Good basketball teams have multiple players step up when needed to help win ballgames. On Monday night, the Lakeview Wildcats — with its leading scorer in foul trouble — had such a game, with multiple players leading the way in a 64-47 nonleague win over Chippewa Hills at Cook Gymnasium.