Hard work literally pays off for students

From the time they hop on the school bus for the first time to the time they finally turn the tassel of their graduation cap, ... Read more

There’s no point in playing the blame game

If you were on Niles Daily Star’s Facebook page this weekend, you likely noticed or took part in a heated debate about the Niles Noon ... Read more

Fitch Camp a great and affordable way for kids to enjoy the summer

Nestled on the serene shores of Cable Lake, the modest grounds of Fitch Camp have served as the canvas for many a summertime memory for ... Read more

Remember America’s heroes all year long

Despite less than ideal weather, hundreds of people in southwest Michigan lined downtown streets in Niles and Dowagiac Monday to show their support for our ... Read more

Leader Columnists

Social media doesn’t have to kill civil debate

Social media continues to change how communities discuss hot topics, essentially becoming the megaphone for the 21st Century versions of water-cooler conversations. Recent stories on ... Read more

Advice for the graduating class of 2015

As the members of the class of 2015 take their turns walking across the stage to receive their diplomas this weekend, hundreds of area residents ... Read more

Leader renovation offers glimpse of past

As each piece of the faded green aluminum was slid off and each board was pried away from the wooden frame — revealing almost-pristine brown ... Read more

Honoring heroes home and away

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sap. Read more

Editorial Cartoon


Letters to the Editor

Great job, coach

I see my daughter picked the right sport to play. Jill Weber, Niles Community Schools is blessed to have you as their tennis coach. Yet ... Read more

Community supports its students

Michigan Gateway Community Foundation is a collection of endowed funds from which we make grants for charitable purposes. One of the major activities this time ... Read more

Opinion Columnists

Ask Trooper Rob: Moving over for emergency vehicles

“Would you please explain the “Move Over Law” as it concerns Michigan?”  — Cindy from Niles ... Read more

Public safety, reduced costs keys to smart justice

Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced a Special Message to the Legislature on Criminal Justice, which proposes ... Read more

Esquire is always right

I am blessed to have some very interesting friends and family. Each of them has their ... Read more

A rose by any other name

The Fraternal Order of the Grand Misconception (FOG’M) is a gentlemen’s club in the purist sense ... Read more

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