Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Providing a compassionate lifeline for seniors in need

November 17, 2017
The population of adults age 80 and above is expected to increase 30 percent, to 15.7 million, in the next eight years. Read More

Another ‘hottest ZIP code’ in GR: 49507 tops list of lead-poisoned children

November 10, 2017
For the second year in a row, Grand Rapids’ 49507 ZIP code took first honors in the list of ZIP codes with the most lead-poisoned children in the state of Michigan, and its lead over other ZIP codes statewide continues growing. Read More

It’s not too soon to think about ArtPrize’s milestone in 2018

November 3, 2017
ArtPrize Nine has packed up, and our city begins to relax. Merchants, club owners and restaurateurs breathe a sigh of release, total up their profits and start preparing for fall events and the Christmas season. Read More

New privacy restrictions for monitoring employee communications

October 27, 2017
If you have operations in Europe, a recent court ruling could affect your access to their electronic communications — even if they are on the company dime. Read More

Soft skills key to securing good living without degree

October 20, 2017
The foundation skills for a successful, good-paying career for those without a four-year degree are not primarily occupation-specific skills. Read More

Chamber opposes Grand Rapids Public Library’s 20-year tax

October 13, 2017
Libraries play a vital role in our communities, but we need to fix structural issues before we embark on two decades of increased taxes. Read More

Reflecting on Black Monday for its 30th anniversary

October 13, 2017
Discipline is required to not react with emotion and abandon your investment plan when extreme market conditions prevail. Read More

Holland should leave internet to the private sector

October 6, 2017
A common measure of a right-sized government is it essentially leaves to the market everything except for the services or goods that cannot or will not be produced by the private sector. Read More

MSU research center, VAI celebrate shared vision

September 29, 2017
Grand Rapids is a city with new purpose — a city in many ways reborn, reshaped into something unexpected and unique. Already known for its furniture and manufacturing capabilities, Grand Rapids also has become a bustling hub of biomedical research, clinical care and higher education. Read More

City and county hirings critical to business growth

September 29, 2017
The revitalization and growth our region is experiencing are unmatched. Read More