Editorial

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Improve Michigan’s education outcomes and systems

December 19, 2014
Year-end statistical analysis and 2015 projections certainly provide good news for merrymaking, but it may be short-lived rather than a “new era” of prosperity. Read More

2025 goal: Educated and trained workforce

December 12, 2014
As winter graduates cross public stages this month, Talent 2025 released its most comprehensive report on current and future needs of employers in the 13-county West Michigan region, providing a map from that public stage to careers and jobs. Read More

Prompt action is welcome in wake of grand jury decisions

December 5, 2014
Grand Rapids city staff has agreed to provide citizens with recommendations in the next two weeks related to the concerns and ideas presented in meetings with the Grand Rapids NAACP, facilitated by LINC Community Revitalization, in the wake of a Dec. 3 New York grand jury decision not to indict a police officer for wrongdoing in the choking death of Eric Garner. Read More

Westside CID underscores need for county economic policy review

November 28, 2014
As the Thanksgiving celebrations drew near, the Kent County Board of Commissioners “opted out” yet again from participation in Corridor Improvement District economic development initiative, this time for Grand Rapids Westside district, which encompasses three business districts to create the largest CID in the city. Read More

Support of local businesses urged as shoppers begin holiday trek

November 21, 2014
Media’s focus this week is undoubtedly less on Thanksgiving gatherings of friends and families, and more on a heaping helping of big box retailers’ “Black Friday” deals and holiday revenues. Read More

Legislators need to rectify the immigration situation

November 14, 2014
As President Barack Obama digs his heels into executive powers and swears to achieve immigration reform before the new year, the all-too-familiar response from the majority party in the U.S. House and Senate is to assert “who’s in charge” and spend time orchestrating new defensive plays. Read More

GRPS: a remarkable reversal of trends

November 7, 2014
Grand Rapids Public Schools last month announced a reversal of trends and, in fact, likely set a record to be matched among Michigan’s urban public school districts. Read More

Vote and then remember: Government is a facilitator, business is a creator

October 31, 2014
The order of business this week is to first cast a vote; it’s an act that may provide a lever for venting and a sigh of relief that ends the abominable cacophony of minute-after-minute ads of distortion. Read More

Parking tensions can be eased by serving the customer

October 24, 2014
It’s a different year and it’s a different “outside consultant,” but the issue remains the same: The downtown area has again reached the tension point for parking. Read More

Cost of disease, suffering escalates with ignorance and fear

October 17, 2014
The Ebola crisis makes obvious the interconnectedness of the human race Read More