Changes to animal euthanization practices treat symptoms, not cause

This week, Cass County Animal Control Director Michael Grice announced that, by Jan. 1 of 2016 or sooner, his agency will no longer employ its ... Read more

Ferry Street Resource Center offers new support group

Although many people might not be aware of it, there is a place in Niles dedicated to improving the lives of local people with low ... Read more

9/11 tribute a beautiful display of patriotism

In just a little more than a week, Americans will mourn the 14th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the country’s history. ... Read more

Fun, charity make winning combination

While the evening was ostensibly focused on the movie being projected on the giant LED screen right beside the building, if you had asked organizers ... Read more

Leader Columnists

Library worthy of state recognition

In my book, the Niles District Library embodies excellence. Read more

Kick of fall with ‘The Kickoff’

Last week, southwest Michigan got a taste of fall. Read more

A new taste of agriculture

The Berrien County Youth Fair is known for showcasing the region’s agriculture through its animal competitions that hundreds of youth participate in, but this weekend, ... Read more

Is cost of fighting crime too high?

Recent news reports confirm that America’s criminal justice system appears to be nothing more than a numbers game, and the taxpayers are on the losing ... Read more

Editorial Cartoon


Letters to the Editor

A pleasure to see show come to life

I recently had the pleasure of going to Dowagiac to see the Beckwith Theatre Company premiere a play I wrote called “Nantucket Sleighride.” I had written ... Read more

Iran nuclear agreement ‘as good as it gets’

It is our opinion that the nuclear agreement with Iran relative to nuclear weapons is “as good as it gets.” Read more

Opinion Columnists

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

One of September’s themes is suicide prevention and awareness. Suicide is the third leading cause of ... Read more

What classrooms look like

Next Tuesday, Sept. 8, thousands of students in Michigan, from kindergarten up through universities, will go ... Read more

Long range planning and short-term solutions

The Shelter for Starving Artists and Underpaid Academics is a hotbed of warm mattresses and non-strategic ... Read more

Senate working on next generation energy policy

Regulatory actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and challenges to the EPA’s latest action ... Read more

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