Community response to what's happening locally.


Letter: Downtown Grand Rapids is moving forward, not backward

November 20, 2015
Editor: A public discussion 18 months in the making moves to a climatic stage in December, as the Grand Rapids City Commission considers adopting a 10-year community plan and investment strategy to transform the Grand River into a distinct asset and support the next generation of growth in downtown Grand Rapids — which anchors one of the fastest growing regions in the United States. Read More

Letter: Clean air necessary

October 30, 2015
Editor: I was pleased to see the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s recent article on the new EPA limits on ozone pollution (“Air quality remains hot topic despite stricter EPA limits,” Oct. 26, 2015). Read More

Letter: Peters’ support is appreciated

October 23, 2015
Editor: Landmark legislation to update the Women’s Business Centers program and increase business assistance to the nation’s 10 million women entrepreneurs passed the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee Oct. 7. Read More

Letter: Students need reading tools

October 16, 2015
Editor: As a Michigan business leader, I see the direct effect of illiteracy in the workplace and our talent pool, and it is a roadblock to Michigan becoming a leading state economy. Read More

Letter: Behavioral health care: We can do better than this

October 2, 2015
Editor: Imagine that your 19-year-old son is having an acute mental health crisis that requires hospitalization. Read More

Letter: Liquor license story paints inaccurate picture

September 25, 2015
Editor: I was deeply disappointed — and frankly dismayed — by the story “Liquor license quest overcomes challenges” (Business Journal, Sept. 11, 2015, page 1). Read More

Letter: The cost of untreated mental health issues

September 4, 2015
Editor: As a business leader, you’re in a unique position to make a significant impact in our community. Read More

Letter: Creating healthier schools for our students

September 4, 2015
Editor: We all want our children to live, learn and play in healthy environments. Read More

Letter: Power plan deserves support

September 4, 2015
Editor: In his Aug. 7 column for grbj.com (“State leaders should reject EPA’s carbon rule”), Christopher Douglas claims that President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will hurt Michigan’s communities of color. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read More

Letter: Editorial based on assumptions does not serve public interest

August 28, 2015
Editor: On Aug. 24, the Grand Rapids Business Journal issued an inaccurate, misleading editorial (“Kent County administrator’s request for tax increase should be scrubbed”) regarding the Kent County 2016 budget process and talk of a tax increase. I want to set the record straight. Read More