OUR VIEW: Votes ‘yes’ for 911 surcharge

Three years ago, Montcalm County voters approved increasing a 911 surcharge fee from $1.89 per line to up to $2.85 per line per month to fund emergency calls.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: Summer is coming, how will we use it?

It hardly seems possible that it is May already and another school year is winding down. Although parents and the community have been very understanding and supportive of the added days needed before school recesses due to the many snow days, you do hear an occasional lament about summer starting so late.


OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ to seniors’ agency millage renewal

On Tuesday, voters will be asked to continue funding a service for some of our most worthy citizens. The Montcalm County Commission on Aging serves our local senior citizens, many of whom live below the poverty level.


OUR VIEW: Michigan needs roads scholars

Welcome to Michigan! You’ve undoubtedly seen the message on the signs welcoming highway travelers entering our state’s borders.


OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ to MAISD special ed millage

The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) staff has been working magic for a long time. Especially when you consider what they have been able to do on an ever-dwindling budget with increasing costs for infants through adults aged 26 who have special needs.

But they simply can’t maintain the pace.


OUR VIEW: Vote ‘yes’ for CC-C bond proposal

Residents of the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools district will be asked on May 6 to decide whether to approve a bond extension in support of school upgrades, technology and security.

The ballot proposal calls for extending the school district’s current debt millage of 4.2 mills for 15 years and nine months to generate almost $11 million. There will be no increase to the school district’s current debt millage.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: All children can learn

This column was inspired by a well written letter to The Daily News Public Forum last week.

John Moy

GUEST VIEW: The history behind White Cane Week

If you find yourself at True Value Hardware, Kmart or Walmart on Thursday, Friday or Saturday this week, most likely you will find a Greenville Lions Club member at the entrance holding a white cane with a red band and a clear container with a few dollars and some loose change.

You’ve seen these men and women every April, with their bright yellow vests and big smiles, and you may have dropped some change into their container. You have probably also thought, “Who are these men and women and what are they doing?”

Victoria Simon

GUEST VIEW: A scoop of gratitude for Threshold Academy board

As an expression of my gratitude, I brought ice cream to the Threshold Academy Board of Directors.

Guest View | Rick Outman

GUEST VIEW: Boosting environment, energy independence

For several decades, fuel prices in the United States have fluctuated. The Arab oil embargo of the 1970s demonstrated that we have become far too dependent on oil from other nations, and often those other nations are not our friends. Today we have many different sources of foreign oil, but the market is still affected by our nation’s relations with some of those countries.