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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.

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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.

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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.

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OUR VIEW: Help for addiction is available

Local stories both tragic and hopeful were shared in Greenville on Saturday during a Prescription Drug Abuse & Prevention Symposium.

The event was hosted by YOUTHINK Montcalm, the Montcalm Care Network, Cherry Health, Sheridan Community Hospital and the Mid-Michigan District Health Department.

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SHORT TAKES: Elections, on-air sports talent and cancer awareness

This year’s election season has felt like an eternity, but the general election is just one month away.

Are you registered to vote? You have until Oct. 11 to do so, either by visiting your city or township clerk’s office, your county clerk’s office, a Michigan Secretary of State branch or at michigan.gov online.

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OUR VIEW: FOIA reform is good for everyone

Last week, a series of bills aimed at improving Michigan’s Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) moved forward in the House.

We were pleased to see Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, voted in favor of all FOIA reform proposals.

Judge Donald Hemingsen

GUEST VIEW: Montcalm County commissioners are playing politics

This letter is prompted by my receipt of letters from the Montcalm County controller(-administrator Robert Clingenpeel) to court employees who have been terminated or had their hours reduced.

The letters claim that these terminations are “absolutely the final option available to the board.” I believe this to be false.