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GUEST VIEW: Restoring the balance of justice

Sunday marks the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. As we celebrate three decades of defending victims’ rights we are reminded of how far we have come and how much work is yet to be done.

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OUR VIEW: Spring Fling proved positive

Some people may think that Greenville and its surrounding communities are small time, small town. But this past weekend showed that they are anything but. Hundreds of women — and even a few men — gathered in the Greenville High School gymnasium for the second annual Spring Fling for Women, an expo-style event designed to provide women with an opportunity to learn, shop and get together with friends.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Virtual schools, are we moving too quickly?

Suggested reading material about education, from newspapers, journals, books or other sources, comes across my desk on a regular basis. I try to read as much as I can and I try very hard to keep an open mind. Things are changing rapidly and there are many agendas. I believe that it is important to keep an open and yet critical mind when assessing the many ideas that are out there.

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SHORT TAKES: Bill Delp takes us back to where we’ve been

Do you know Bill Delp? If you don’t, that is to your disadvantage. If you live in this area, and have feelings about where the community is going, and how we might move ahead, you might want to know more of where we’ve been. These days, it helps to have guidance from the writings from those who know from whom and from where we once were…. and Delp knows that stuff.

Guest View | Lou Kitchenmaster

GUEST VIEW: Support auto insurance reform; end ‘unlimited’

In 1978, as part of no-fault insurance reform, the Michigan Legislature formed and instituted the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, and has direct responsibility. The rationale was to establish a fund which would pay for serious medical injuries which exceeded a certain dollar amount. To properly finance it, a $3 fee (tax) was assessed per vehicle, with ”unlimited” personal-injury benefits for qualified claimants.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Vote to assure all students the necessary education

Almost 25 years ago a group of educators, parents and other community members spent considerable time developing a mission statement for Greenville Public Schools. The six most important words in the final document, in my opinion, are “assure all students the education necessary.” Those words continue to challenge our school staff every day.

Guest View | Charles Hill

GUEST VIEW: Access to info should be a common goal

If you’ve been watching what goes on in Washington and some statehouses across the country, you might wonder if there’s any issue that everyone should be able to agree on whether they are conservative or liberal or libertarian, Democrat or Republican, pro-this or anti-that.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

Spring surely must be on its way

I love winter. Seriously, I do. I love the white snow when it blankets the ground. I just wish it would stay off the sidewalks and streets. I love the crisp air — at least until I get my heating bill. I am sincerely happy for those who make their living operating ski lifts and other outside venue. They have had some lean years recently.

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OUR VIEW: Michigan’s no-fault insurance needs reform

Michigan indisputably has the most generous auto insurance system in the nation.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: How do businesses feel about the education of job applicants?

Last week in this column, I discussed what we could learn from Olympic athletes about dedication and self motivation. Before it was even printed, I read a column by Thomas Friedman titled “How to Get a Job at Google.” There were several points that were made that I felt paralleled those made about Olympic athletes.