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.


OUR VIEW: FOIA reform, health department merger and state roads

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley stepped in as pinch-hitter to deliver the annual Michigan Press Association convention speech Friday on behalf of Gov. Rick Snyder, who is recovering from a blood clot.

In a tone that sounded more like he was explaining things to a room full of friends than one that sounded like a rehearsed and repeated speech, Calley outlined some of the top priorities for the governor’s office this year.


Daily News will be on the street earlier, delivered to your mailbox

Whether you are a subscriber or picking a copy of today’s paper up at the gas station, you’ll notice something different about The Daily News today.

Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer

CHIEF’S CHAT: Facebook a valuable tool for police departments

A few years ago, the Village of Edmore Police Department created a Facebook page to help promote a seminar we were hosting at Montabella High School. We quickly found that this page served as an excellent tool in getting information to the masses quickly and efficiently.


OUR VIEW: Moolenaar for 4th District, no worthy candidates for 3rd

The seats for Michigan’s 3rd and 4th districts are both being contested in Tuesday’s general election.

The 3rd District covers portions of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties. The 4th District encompasses 15 counties in the central and northwest section of Michigan, including Montcalm County.


OUR VIEW: Hemingsen for 64B District Court judge

Our endorsement for Montcalm County’s 64B District Court judge comes down to experience.

Judge Donald Hemingsen of Sheridan is running for re-election. He is being challenged for the bench by Greenville attorney Kathleen Dunne.


OUR VIEW: Kellenberger for county commish, Linton for road commish

Read our endorsements for the Montcalm County Board of Comissioners and the Road Commission for Montcalm County.


OUR VIEW: Emmons for Senate; Outman, Mason for reps

The 33rd District state Senate seat and the 70th and 86th District state House seats are all being contested in the upcoming general election.