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OUR VIEW: Kennel owners have valid ordinance concerns

Montcalm County officials updated the county’s kennel ordinance last year with the goal of enacting stricter, more specific requirements to make kennel inspections easier for Animal Control officers. The updates went into effect this year for new kennel owners and will go into effect next year for current kennel owners.

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OUR VIEW: More taxes on gas is no solution for road repair

A week ago today, Michigan’s Legislature adjourned without voting on a solution for funding road repair. This is disappointing, to say the least, especially when you consider that Michigan spends less per driver on roads than any other state, but has some of the highest taxes at the pump as state constitution dictates most of the sales tax on motor fuel goes to schools and local governments.

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OUR VIEW: Belding recall effort going nowhere fast

We have tried but fail to see how anything good can come out of an ongoing recall effort in the city of Belding. Belding resident Dennis Cooper is attempting to get recall language approved against Councilman Joe Feuerstein.

Guest View | Alison Barberi

GUEST VIEW: 100 years of giving and growing together

One hundred years ago, in 1914, the community foundation concept was born in the Midwest, giving rise to a new philanthropy, a new way of participating in community, and a new vision for the future.

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OUR VIEW: Greenville aims to be ‘The Right Place’

Boosting our area’s economic development efforts has been a heated topic of conversation in Montcalm County on and off since the fall of last year. Who should spearhead the drive? How should it funded? What entities should be involved?

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: A happy, sad time

May and June are emotional times for graduates and their families. Students are anxious to graduate and move on to an uncertain future. But this is also the time when they face separation from not only their families but from classmates and friends and the familiar routine of school.

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OUR VIEW: Tri promotes health, shows town at its best

The 2014 Tri Greenville was a huge success all the way around. Great for the seasoned athletes and beginners alike, a boost to the local economy, fun for those who came out to watch and volunteer, and fortunately, the weather was perfect.

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OUR VIEW: Borden and Freed will be missed

Last weekend, three local communities are left with big shoes to fill after two longtime leaders resigned to move on to other jobs. Friday was the last day for Mark Borden, administrator for Carson City since 2008. And Friday also marked the last day for James Freed, who has worked as manager for the village of Lakeview since 2008 and for the city of Stanton since 2011.

Guest View | James Hoisington

GUEST VIEW: Citizens won’t benefit from insurance reform

Recently, we have been hearing about insurance reform from Gov. Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase Bolger and area resident Lou Kitchenmaster regarding placing caps on what currently are unlimited benefits for those involved in serious accidents resulting in long term or even permanent care.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination in education

All school districts recently received a memo from the U.S. Department of Education. The following quote includes most of the content of that memo.