Rep. Jim Lower

GUEST VIEW: Concerns about part-time legislature

The Bible famously says you cannot serve two masters. You will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.

In this context, the Bible was talking about God and money. However, I think the same logic applies to the proposal for a part-time Legislature.

Rep. Jim Lower

GUEST VIEW: Support your sheriff

My first bill as your representative moved this month out of committee and was unanimously recommended for passage by the Michigan House of Representatives.

House Bill 4423 creates a new needs-based funding program for county sheriffs’ departments.

Rep. John Moolenaar

GUEST VIEW: Congress is reforming health care

Health care reform has been a top priority for Congress in 2017. The current health care system that was created in 2010 is collapsing.


OUR VIEW: A community conversation about heroin

This week we concluded “Heroin Hits Home,” a series of stories about the opioid abuse problem in our community.

Rep. Jim Lower

GUEST VIEW: A look at state and federal budgets

Most of the attention in Lansing will be on the state budget over the next several months. The budget committees in both the House and Senate have begun their work.

I do not serve on these committees, but I will have a vote on the final budget that is presented to the Michigan House of Representatives, and I am committed to fighting for your top priorities.

Jim Lower

GUEST VIEW: A tale of two bills

I serve as chairman of the Local Government Committee as well as a member of the Tax Policy Committee in the Michigan House of Representatives. On Feb. 15, House Bill 4058 and House Bill 4001 were reported from these respective committees, roughly an hour and a half a part.


OUR VIEW: That’s no way to say goodbye to Belding-Greenville football

Belding-Greenville football games are a way of life around here.

The rivalry is legendary, one of the oldest in the state of Michigan, and spans more than a century.

Rep. John Moolenaar

GUEST VIEW FROM REP. MOOLENAAR: A call for civil discussion

It is an honor to serve as your representative in the U.S. House.

With a new presidential administration coming into office, many Americans have been actively involved in the political process through phone calls, letters and emails to their members of Congress. Some have even traveled hundreds of miles to have their voice heard.

Jim Lower

GUEST VIEW: 70th District freshman rep checks in

I officially took office as the voice for Montcalm and Northern Gratiot County on Jan. 1. However, I went to work planning for the transition shortly after the campaign ended last November. That month I was selected by my colleagues to serve on the Leadership team for the Michigan House Republicans. I serve as the Chief Deputy Whip. I am the only first term member elected to the Leadership team.


OUR VIEW: What are you doing Monday night?

The new year is three weeks underway — how are your resolutions going? If you resolved to find a way to get more involved in your community, we have a suggestion, and it’s only a commitment of one night per month: Attend a Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting.