Rep. John Moolenaar

GUEST VIEW: Agricultural highlights from Congress

It is harvest time and Michigan farmers have had a challenging growing season. As the leaves turn colors and families head out to cider mills, here are the highlights of the year so far in Michigan agriculture and the bills I have voted for to help our farming families prosper.


OUR VIEW: Accountability in Hubbardston

The Daily News sent a reporter to cover a Hubbardston Village Council meeting on Sept. 8, and people are still talking about it.


OUR VIEW: Downtown accident a somber lesson

Our community had a tragic reminder this week of how important it is for motorists to pay attention to their surroundings and for pedestrians to take a few extra minutes to be certain motorists are aware they are there.


SHORT TAKES: 75 years strong at Federal-Mogul

On Saturday, this paper featured a story highlighting the 75th anniversary of Federal-Mogul, a local manufacturing company that produces engine and transmission parts and is a Q1 supplier to Ford Motor Company.


OUR VIEW: Are schools truly a weapons-free zone?

Did you know anyone with a concealed pistol license can walk into a school or sporting event open carrying a pistol at their side? Some local officials only recently became aware of this, including school board members at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and Central Montcalm Public School


OUR VIEW: Keeping public notices accessible

Council meeting minutes, an upcoming public hearing, zoning changes, millage increases, ordinance proposals … these are all examples of government-related public notices.

Newspapers have long been the primary source for public notices, which assures local accessibility and transparency to the community at large.


OUR VIEW: ‘Infotainment’ blog should hit the road and visit Greenville

A recent survey released via www.roadsnacks.net was the talk of many local gatherings over the weekend as it listed Greenville as the seventh “Worst Place to Live in Michigan” behind Flint, Beecher, Escanaba, Buena Vista, Lapeer and Highland Park.

We beg to differ.


OUR VIEW: Proposal 1 asks too much from voters

Proposal 1, a controversial sales tax and road funding question on Tuesday’s ballot, is the perfect example of what is wrong with our political system: It is overly complicated, contains many unknowns and is about as transparent as mud. It also is such a political hot potato that all but one of our local representatives couldn’t be bothered to even respond to our repeated calls and emails — let alone go on the record — as to how they plan to vote on Proposal 1. No one is denying the overall goal of what this ballot proposal was attempting to do is for the common good.


Judge Hoort answers a question about grandparent visitation

Our daughter passed away and our son-in-law is refusing to allow us to see our grandchildren. What can we do?

Jake Eckholm

OUR VIEW: Jake Eckholm focused on Lakeview and Stanton

When Jacob Eckholm stepped into the role of city manager of Stanton and village manager of Lakeview six months ago, he didn’t have a lot of time to sit back and soak in the current state of affairs for either municipality.

That being said, he still seems to have a pretty good grasp on what needs to get done and the kinds of things that will help both communities thrive. And we like his focus.