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OUR VIEW: Edmore needs new leaders

The Edmore Village Council election is the most contested race of any in Montcalm County, and one of the most important.

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OUR VIEW: Leadership toss-up in 2 communities

Voters in Eureka Township and Howard City will be asked in the general election to elect someone to lead their municipality.

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OUR VIEW: Say yes to MCC renewal, Ionia 911 surcharge

Montcalm County voters will be asked to approve a millage renewal proposal in the upcoming general election, while Ionia County voters will be asked to approve a 911 surcharge increase. We encourage voters to say yes to both worthy proposals.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Is it time to re-think the Common Core?

Recently, I shared in this column some of the results of the Phi Delta Kappan/ Gallup Poll on the attitude of the public toward the Public Schools. Since that column was published, I have received the September issue of Phi Delta Kappan magazine which includes more detailed discussion about what we can learn from the poll.

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OUR VIEW: The missing voice of the 85 percent

Another primary election, another dismal turnout. Tuesday brought just 15.5 of registered voters to the polls in Ionia County and 15 percent in Montcalm County.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Board self-assessment helps district leaders set priorities

The community has an opportunity to evaluate its Board of Education members every other year at the November election. It used to be every year, but that changed when the State eliminated the annual May school election in an effort to cut costs. Sometimes local boards survey their parents or community for input.

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OUR VIEW: Hemingsen for 64B District Court judge

Three candidates are vying for the seat of Montcalm County’s 64B District Court judge.

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MAKING THE GRADE: It is decision time for Prop 1

The Aug. 5 primary election date is rapidly approaching. I continue to get questions regarding Proposal 1. I am concerned that many of you say that you are not receiving the flyers that come to my house almost daily. You do not feel you have the information you need to cast your vote.

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OUR VIEW: Ellis and Moolenaar for Congress

Five Republicans are vying for two Congressional seats in two of the hottest races of Tuesday’s primary election.

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OUR VIEW: Bach, Murphy, Greene for commissioners

Several Board of Commissioners races will be on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot affecting our readers in three local districts. Debra Bach of Otisco Township and David Hodges of Belding are vying for the Republican win for the District 1 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.