Kim LaSata, Author at Leader Publications

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LASATA: 20 years later: Never forget September 11, 2001

On Sept. 11, 2001, we saw one of the greatest losses of life in our nation’s history. For many, Sept. 11 evokes vivid memories and ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Saturday, September 11, 2021 7:00 am

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LASATA: Share the road with school buses

Over the next few weeks, students in southwest Michigan will be returning to their classrooms, and with the beginning of every school year comes additional ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Monday, August 30, 2021 9:25 am

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LASATA: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you

Michigan has a rich history in the shipping industry and is home to some of the most-navigated waters on earth. With over 3,000 miles of ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, August 13, 2021 12:57 pm

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LASATA: Modernizing Michigan’s infrastructure, bridges

The condition of roads and bridges has long been a discussion throughout the state and is something that often comes up when I speak with ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, August 6, 2021 3:55 pm

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LASATA: July is Ice Cream Month

According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the average American eats about 23 gallons of ice cream per year, and over a billion gallons of ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, July 14, 2021 12:00 pm

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LASATA: Celebrate National Blueberry Month in southwest Michigan

Blueberries are a delicious, nutritious, ubiquitous summer treat. It’s easy to take them for granted today, but it was not that long ago when blueberries ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, July 9, 2021 1:12 pm

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LASATA: Celebrate southwest Michigan’s great outdoors

June is National Great Outdoors Month, and southwest Michigan is a wonderful place to get out and explore. As we officially kick off summer next ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, June 18, 2021 1:44 pm

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LASATA: April is Financial Literacy Month

Financial literacy is a learned skill that can diminish without practice. Financial Literacy Month was established in 2004 and is recognized every April to highlight ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Saturday, April 17, 2021 7:00 am

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LASATA: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Each year in Michigan, tens of thousands of children are abused or neglected — about 90 per day. In 2019, very sadly, 63 Michigan children ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, April 2, 2021 2:12 pm

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LASATA: Have a safe and happy Easter

For Christians, Easter Sunday is one of the most important holidays of the year as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus three days after his ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:00 am

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LASATA: Ag Day a tribute to southwest Michigan’s farming heritage

March 23 is Ag Day in Michigan. It’s a time we set aside each year to recognize our state’s food and agriculture industry and the ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, March 19, 2021 2:02 pm

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LASATA: Beware of COVID-19 vaccine scams

More people are becoming eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination ahead of schedule with the availability of a third vaccine and an increasing number of ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Saturday, March 13, 2021 7:00 am

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LASATA: Calls for investigation into nursing home coronavirus-related deaths intensifying

The governor of New York is currently embroiled in multiple controversies, one of which is for the state’s intentional underreporting of nursing home resident deaths ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Saturday, March 6, 2021 7:12 am

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LASATA: Michigan Taxpayer’s Guide a helpful resource that could save time, money

Tax season is upon us and, as southwest Michigan residents are preparing to file their taxes, questions may arise about what to do or about ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, February 26, 2021 2:21 pm

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LASATA: Happy 184th birthday to the Great Lakes State!

On Jan. 26, Michiganders celebrated our state’s 184th birthday, marking the date in 1837 — after 30 years as an official U.S. territory — when ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Saturday, January 30, 2021 7:00 am

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LASATA: Serving, helping southwest Michigan is my top priority

The year 2020 will be remembered as one of the most difficult in many of our lifetimes. Issues that people never thought they would have ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Monday, December 28, 2020 2:52 pm

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LASATA: New auto insurance law saving people real money

The biggest change to auto insurance in our state in generations took effect just months ago. Reforming the formerly outdated auto no-fault law was one ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:52 am

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LASATA: Shopping local more important than ever

Perhaps more than ever it is important to shop local and support the small and family-owned businesses in our communities. Since March, the economic impact ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 11:00 am

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LASATA: We must remain vigilant in fight against COVID-19, whether we get it or don’t get it

Last week I was informed I had tested positive for COVID-19. The test was administered Wednesday during a scheduled, unrelated medical appointment. Prior to receiving ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 12:05 pm

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LASATA: Honoring those who served

The freedoms we enjoy as Americans that are enshrined in our Constitution and laws are preserved, protected and defended by the men and women in ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Saturday, November 7, 2020 9:17 am

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LASATA: A return to old comforts

If you have been out to the grocery store during Gov. Whitmer’s shutdown of the state, then you have no doubt noticed empty shelves and ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 11:00 am

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LASATA: Michigan needs a plan to navigate out of emergency

Throughout this coronavirus crisis, southwest Michigan residents have shown remarkable resilience in the face of the unknown. They have exuded patience, discipline and trust in ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, April 15, 2020 9:16 am

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LASATA: Resources, help available during coronavirus emergency

The governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order has been in place for two weeks. Many of us, including our students, have been home for ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 8:29 am

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LASATA: Online instruction should be counted during times of crisis

On March 12, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered all schools in Michigan to be closed in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. While this and other ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 8:47 am

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LASATA: Cracking down on prices in times of emergency

We are living in extraordinary times — unprecedented times, in fact. As we enter this new normal in the age of coronavirus, most people are ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:51 am

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