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.

Rep. John Moolenaar

GUEST VIEW: Serving you in Michigan and Washington, D.C.

One of the joys of serving as your congressman is honoring our current soldiers and veterans for their service to our country.

This month, I voted to give our troops their largest pay increase in six years. They make sacrifices every day to keep us safe and the raise they have earned is a small part of thanking them and their families for their service to our nation.


OUR VIEW: Support small businesses on Saturday

We all know about the great deals you can find on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and Cyber Monday (which actually also starts on Friday for many websites).

But it’s another day this coming weekend that’s crucial for local economic development, not to mention the convenience of finding great deals right in your own community: Small Business Saturday.

Sen. Gary Peters

OUR VIEW: Catching up with Sen. Gary Peters

In a country seemingly caught in post-election turmoil, we were heartened by a visit to The Daily News on Thursday from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, who toured a Greenville manufacturing facility earlier that day.

Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014. He serves on the Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee; the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee; the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee.


OUR VIEW: Red letter election day

The longest election season of our lifetime will finally come to an end one week from today.

Despite the endless October surprises — Trump’s vulgarity! Clinton’s emails! Ken Bone winning the second presidential debate and popularizing red cardigans and rimmed glasses again! — voters still seem determined to head to the polls next Tuesday, possibly in record numbers.

Jim Lower

GUEST VIEW: Why I’m voting for Trump

I’ve watched all the debates, followed all the news and I have talked to thousands of voters in my capacity as a candidate for state representative. What I have learned is this election is really about putting America first.