Letters

Community response to what's happening locally.

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Letter: State of the City focuses on racial equity, promises future outcomes

March 10, 2017
Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss’ second State of the City address, delivered March 2, provided ample proof the mayor intends to continue to make racial equity issues a central focus of her work. Read More

Letter: Lack of parking limits retail space

March 3, 2017
It is true that each parking space in front of a retail store is worth about $600,000 in retail sales. Read More

Letter: National construction concerns also felt in West Michigan

March 3, 2017
We know there is a nationwide shortage of buildable lots and skilled labor for the housing market. Read More

Letter: Tax vote impacts revenue sharing

March 3, 2017
The Michigan House of Representatives narrowly defeated a proposal to cut the state income tax. Read More

Letter: Recent changes at Davenport University not reflected in story

February 24, 2017
The Feb. 17 article “What will you be making at 34?” created a very inaccurate portrait of Davenport University, one of the few institutions of higher education in the state of Michigan with the specific, stated mission of preparing students for well-paying careers. Read More

Letter: Thank you, GR reps, for supporting clean energy

February 17, 2017
In December, Gov. Rick Snyder signed bipartisan legislation that will increase Michigan’s use of clean, renewable energy and save Michigan families and businesses money on their electricity bills. Read More

Letter: City headed in right direction

January 13, 2017
I was the chief of police in Grand Rapids for 16 years — 1981 to 1998. Read More

Letter: Legislation lays out blueprint for Michigan’s energy future

November 25, 2016
Editor: A recent editorial from the Grand Rapids Business Journal about the state legislature’s work to update Michigan’s energy law (“State energy ‘choice’ legislation designed to deceive,” Nov. 7, Grand Rapids Business Journal) did not address some important issues. Read More

Letter: How many apartment buildings are too many?

September 30, 2016
Editor: “Is Grand Rapids in the midst of an apartment building bubble?” “Who is going to fill all of these units that are being built?” Read More

Letter: Let energy proposals go dark

September 16, 2016
Editor: Please contact your state legislators and inform them you “strongly suggest” they vote “no” on a package of energy bills (SB 437, SB 438) reported out of the Senate Energy & Technology Committee and currently before the full Michigan Senate. Read More