Editorial

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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

State, region need to start planning now for big data highways

October 10, 2014
Steelcase Inc.’s James Hackett, director and vice chair, led what was the most important session of the West Michigan Policy Forum two weeks ago, focused on the digital highway and the increasing gi-normity of “big data.” Read More

Clearing the pathways to Michigan's prosperity

October 3, 2014
Gov. Rick Snyder has a couple of takeaways from the West Michigan Policy Forum, which last week counted 450 participants from 230 Michigan businesses in almost 50 communities. Read More

CON attack is costly to West Michigan businesses

September 26, 2014
Yet another health care system is attempting to circumvent the Michigan Certificate of Need process, and in so doing actually underscores the obvious necessity of Michigan’s process. Read More

City's continued redevelopment starts at the grassroots level

September 19, 2014
The Greater Grand Rapids area is undergoing an almost unprecedented redevelopment, albeit one that is less visible than new buildings and renovations. Read More