Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thank you to a fantastic community

2020 took many events and traditions away from families, organizations and the community.  “Shop with a Cop” pairs local kids with Dowagiac police officers and ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

BEALOR: What access do parents have to children’s records?

Absent a court order to the contrary or other applicable law, parents in Michigan are granted equal access to their children’s records or information including ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democracy is under attack

Our democracy is under attack by Donald Trump and his corrupt enablers. Trump repeatedly claims (falsely) that the election was “stolen” from him by “massive ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

COLUMN: Remember our history

As I have sat and watched the events of the past few days unfold, I have found myself searching my memory for the lessons I ... Read more

2 months ago by Scott Novak.

WILSON: The way things were supposed to be: Part one

Once upon a time (because that is the proper way to begin all good fairy tales, flights of fantasy, and tall tales of make-believe), a ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

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

2 months ago by Kim LaSata.

WILSON: The way things were supposed to be: Part two

The Kingdom of Individual Tribes of Harmonium was comprised of several elf tribes, with each Tribe comfortably living life according to their own preferred customs, ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

COLUMN: ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’

More than 100 years ago, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

NOVAK: Two surprises to start off my day

Not much takes me by surprise these days. But as I went through my morning ritual of checking the emails in my inbox, I got ... Read more

2 months ago by Scott Novak.

CULTON: Shop local this Christmas

There might not be much snow on the ground, and many of us may be feeling less jolly than in years past, but Christmas is ... Read more

2 months ago by Sarah Culton.

KAUFMANN: Give the gift of hope

We all need a sign that life is going to get better. A few glimmers of hope are peeking over the horizon. This month, the ... Read more

2 months ago by Chrissie Kaufmann.

COLUMN: Christmas is still magical to me

You would think as I near the age of 60 and have a daughter who just turned 27, that Christmas would have lost some of ... Read more

3 months ago by Scott Novak.

COLUMN: Finding the lights in the darkness

I grew up in a house that went all out for Christmas. My mom, who to this day I am convinced is a certified elf, ... Read more

3 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

WILSON: You can’t get there from here

Back when times were much simpler — long before traffic jams, expressways and LED traffic alert signs — getting from one place to another was ... Read more

3 months ago by Larry Wilson.

NELDON: Leader Publications newspapers transitioning to weekly format

Eight months ago, Leader Publications made significant changes to how the Niles Daily Star and Dowagiac Daily News are distributed — reducing frequency from five ... Read more

3 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

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

3 months ago by Kim LaSata.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Salvation Army hires seasonal employment

With the new order in place for the next few weeks, we know that some individuals working in restaurants and other businesses may be short ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cass County Cancer Service gives thanks

All of us here at the Cass County Cancer Service would like to thank Imperial Furniture for doing their annual October fundraiser event, Real Men ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

GUEST COLUMN: A congressional action is needed

The Paycheck Protection Program was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to help small businesses survive during the early phases of ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

MATHEWS: Do you need the court’s permission to move?

Most divorce judgments (where children are involved), support orders and paternity orders include a paragraph requiring parents to obtain the court’s permission before they can ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

NELDON: Five reasons to shop local

This week, our tummies were stuffed with turkey and all the fixings. We’ve taken advantage of Black Friday deals at larger retailers, and now it’s ... Read more

3 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A new era of honesty, integrity, competence has begun in America

A fresh breeze is blowing across our national political landscape, bringing with it a new era of honesty, integrity, and competence. Despite the persistent efforts ... Read more

3 months ago by Submitted.

WILSON: I am worried

I am worried. Folks are starting to get just a little bit testy. Mumbled grumbles and disquieting comments are beginning to erupt from a growing ... Read more

3 months ago by Larry Wilson.

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

3 months ago by Kim LaSata.

APPLEGATE: Niles Community Schools thanks the community for its ongoing support

Around this time every year, we are all encouraged to reflect on what we are thankful for. While we always have an appreciation for our ... Read more

3 months ago by Dan Applegate.

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