Kim LaSata, Author at Leader Publications

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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 Reforming the formerly outdated auto no-fault law was one ...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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LASATA: Healthy habits help: Do your part to help prevent spread of illness

The COVID-19 virus, commonly called coronavirus, has swept the world, both in terms of infections and news coverage. The relative speed of its spread and ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, March 11, 2020 8:29 am

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LASATA: 2020 #SWMISpirit tournament nears tipoff

With March comes the longer, sunnier and warmer days of spring and the return of the beloved Southwest Michigan Spirit Tournament, which will tip off ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 9:04 am

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LASATA: Rare Disease Day an opportunity to spread awareness

Most families have been affected in some way by disease — conditions like heart disease, diabetes and cancer are common throughout our state and nation, ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 8:34 am

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LASATA: Governor’s budget plan ignores local roads

Last week, the governor’s budget director addressed a joint hearing of the Senate and House appropriations committees to unveil the administration’s recommended budget for the ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:24 am

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LASATA: February is Heart Month

An ounce of prevention, as the saying goes, is worth a pound of cure. As we observe American Heart Month this month, it’s a great ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:07 am

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LASATA: Appealing property tax assessment may bring savings

Among the many costs of owning real estate are property taxes. These taxes, which are generally assessed in the summer and winter, serve to support ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, January 29, 2020 8:45 am

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LASATA: Community colleges an effective, affordable option

For many, it is common to attend a four-year college or university after high school to obtain a degree in preparation for a career or ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:02 am

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LASATA: Be aware of carbon monoxide

With winter comes the increased possibility of carbon monoxide exposure and poisoning. This occurs primarily when a fossil-fuel-burning appliance or equipment, such as a furnace, ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:25 am

Editorials

LASATA: January is Mentoring Month

Some of our state’s and country’s most successful people were helped in getting to where they are because of a mentor. Mentoring is an excellent ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, January 8, 2020 8:41 am

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LASATA: Home heating help for those in need

As we enter into a new year, we are also entering the season’s coldest days. I wanted to take the opportunity to remind southwest Michigan ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Thursday, January 2, 2020 8:30 am

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LASATA: Home for the holidays

Being home for the holidays is a wonderful time of the year for many throughout southwest Michigan, including my family. This time gives us all ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, December 27, 2019 7:43 am

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LASATA: 2019: A year in review

My first year as your state senator has been an exciting, rewarding experience. We have accomplished much together so far, and I wanted to dedicate ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, December 18, 2019 8:53 am

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LASATA: Southwest Michigan a top-rated destination

Southwest Michigan residents don’t need a reminder about how beautiful our part of the world is, but it is nice when others give it the ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, December 11, 2019 8:48 am

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LASATA: Is automatic criminal expungement a solution in search of a problem?

Michigan, like most other states, has a criminal expungement process that allows a person to petition the court to clear, or expunge, a criminal conviction ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 8:33 am

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LASATA: Let’s end surprise medical bills

The health care system in our country can often be confusing. When people have a medical issue, many are left wondering what procedures their health ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Friday, November 29, 2019 7:27 am

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LASATA: Let’s work together to resolve budget mess

Last month the governor cut almost $1 billion from the state’s new budget through 147 line-item vetoes and $600 million more from priorities through a ... Read more

by Kim LaSata, Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:59 am

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