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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.

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.

Making the Grade | Janet Ralph

MAKING THE GRADE: The way schools used to be?

This past week, I had the opportunity to hear Jamie Vollmer speak. He is the author of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone.” Readers may remember him better for “The Blueberry Story” that appeared in this column about a year ago.

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OUR VIEW: Area benefits from altruistic voters

A philanthropic culture of voting Tuesday saw the approval of all four proposals on the ballot.

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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.

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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.

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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.