Guest Column

Opinions and tips from experts within the community.


Embrace immigrants for the right reasons

January 23, 2015
Let’s be honest. Many of us wouldn’t mind immigrants bursting in from Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands — you know, the people who look like us. Read More

Low wages are major impediment to labor supply

January 16, 2015
Gov. Rick Snyder has made clear that one of his top priorities is career technical education for the skilled trades, particularly in construction, manufacturing and agriculture. Read More

2014: The year of recalls, supplier liabilities

January 9, 2015
Despite the fact that vehicles are safer and more reliable than ever, more than 56 million of them were recalled as part of more than 500 separate and distinct recalls in 2014. Read More

VARI’s biorepository provides tools for discovery

January 2, 2015
Grand Rapids is a city on the rise — a city that continues to reinvent itself and redefine its potential. Read More

Discretionary spending cuts could actually harm economy

December 26, 2014
There was nothing positive in the “wretched” FY 2015 spending bill recently passed by Congress. Read More

Construction Lien Act can offer protection for all parties

December 19, 2014
As an owner, if the contractor on your construction project goes out of business or simply walks off the job, will your company have to pay twice for the same work? Read More

High-quality child care is good for business

December 12, 2014
Business managers know this to be true: To prevent absenteeism and turnover among employees with children, it’s vital that workers know their kids are in safe, stable and high-quality child care when they’re away from home. Read More

Unregulated school choice is harming Michigan

December 5, 2014
As I have mentioned previously, Michigan has lousy K-12 student outcomes and is making little — if any — progress. Read More

Changes to property tax laws could affect cottage owners

November 28, 2014
Thinking about passing the family cottage down to the next generation? Read More

Compromise works in sausage-making and politics

November 21, 2014
As a high school senior, I took a short stint as a sausage-maker in a Cascade butcher shop. Read More