Opinion

One less barrier

It is no secret that the Friend of the Court can be intimidating to deal with, especially for fathers. More often than not, fathers feel ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Submitted.

CULTON: No election results? Here’s why

Many of you likely spent Tuesday in line at the polls, voting for everything from the U.S. President to your local school board trustees. So, ... Read more

4 weeks ago by Sarah Culton.

ODENWALD: SMC is making progress

A year ago, the trustees of Southwestern Michigan College entrusted me with serving as the college’s eighth president. I immediately began working with President David ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Is this how you want to live?

I am very disheartened that so many have hate in their hearts. Signs that purport to be inclusive are actually derisive. I was taught to ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

WILSON: Malcolm and the election survivalist

Malcolm James Thornwhistle (of the Downhampton Thornwhistles) was a world-renowned adventurer and internet influencer. His weekend passion was to launch his tiny Jon boat (powered ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Wilson.

CULTON: Be sure to be safe this Halloween season

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of year — especially when I was a kid. There was nothing more exciting than choosing ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

APPLEGATE: Protecting students’ mental health in trying times

Across the country, there have been many reports of a growing mental health crisis as children struggle with the added stresses of the coronavirus pandemic. ... Read more

1 month ago by Dan Applegate.

WILSON: The value of free advice, knowing what to ask

While traveling to the far side of the ever so enchanting, Never-Ending Forest, a wizard (known as Rick) and a demigod (known as LoDi) saw ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Wilson.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: COVID-19 in congress, the presidential pre-existing condition

It’s no secret that members of congress are paid an insane amount of money, making nearly $175,000 per year. Leaders in both congressional chambers get ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Carrie is a candidate we support

The challenges facing our Dowagiac Board of Education are, to many people, overwhelming. The numerous complications brought on by this ongoing pandemic — school closures, ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Consider Carrie Franz-Freeman to join the Dowagiac School Board

When you cast your vote for the Dowagiac School Board, I would encourage you to consider Carrie Franz-Freeman. Carrie was raised here by a family ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

CULTON: Make your vote count

The year 2020 is almost over — some would say thankfully — but for many southwest Michigan residents, the most important thing they will do ... Read more

1 month ago by Sarah Culton.

PUCKETT: Who is on the Lord’s side?

The question is not whose side is God on. God, Almighty God is the creator and sovereign Lord of the universe. He does not take ... Read more

1 month ago by Dan Puckett.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Join in supporting Pauline Wendzel

As a health care professional right here in Berrien County, I’m asking my community to support my friend and Michigan State Representative 79th District, Pauline ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens, legislators deserve safety, respect

I was deeply concerned to read in a non-partisan magazine that the Michigan State Capitol does not have any type of metal detectors or package ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: VandenHeede is the best candidate for state representative

It seems like the only reliable trend in politics is how often we’re forced to vote for “the least worst” candidate. Fortunately, that’s not the ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

WILSON: Arnold’s take on the debate

After the recent political debate, this reporter sought out the opinions of perpetual candidate, Arnold Tobin. Mr. Tobin has always been willing to over-share his ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

NELDON: Your actions impact the health of others

Seven months into the pandemic, we are all tired of hearing phrases used so often they are practically cliches. “Keep your social distance.” “We’re all ... Read more

2 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Meet the current members of the DUS school board

I have served as a member of the Dowagiac Union School board for the past eight years, and it has been an honor to do ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: East is the person to represent us

Amy East is the best candidate for State Representative from the 59th District.  East has the experience, personal qualities and love for this area that ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Gary Peters is right for Michigan

Sen. Gary Peters has worked hard and been very effective over the last six years in supporting Michiganders and all Americans. “Bridge Michigan,” a nonpartisan ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Consider voting for Priscilla Gatties for trustee

I’ve seen my name on a ballot 12 times over the years but seeing my wife’s name on the general election ballot for the first ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re-elect Nick Shelton for Niles City Mayor

I am proud to lend my name to the broad coalition of community leaders supporting Nick Shelton for Niles city mayor. Niles has seen tremendous ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

New England culinary cruise: Part two

As you may recall from last week’s discussion, I recently had the pleasure of spending some treasured time with two of my closest friends, and ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

MOHN: Stand against gun violence

COVID-19 continues to dominate most aspects of our lives. Many of us are exhausted by it. We are tired of thinking about how to balance ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

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