Opinion

ARSENEAU: The Eli Ford Dam, a Niles legacy

Like so many cities, Niles was built on water power. The swift waters of the St. Joseph and Dowagiac Rivers appealed to early industrialists looking ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

PUCKETT: God is not dead

The virus rages, fear stalks, people quiver, but God has not moved. You may ask, “Why is God allowing this pandemic?” Or, “What is our ... Read more

1 month ago by Dan Puckett.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Get to know Amy East

The majority (about 70 percent) of registered voters in Michigan’s 59th House District (covers all of St. Joseph County and most of Cass County) decided ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote absentee for the Nov. 3 election

Vote absentee for the Nov. 3 election and don’t use the mail!  If you get a ballot in the mail, return it to your township ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The decision of the MHSAA for 2020

It’s unfortunate that the Michigan High School Athletic Association has become the lightning rod for anger following its announcement that it will move the 2020 ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elect Julie Dye to the Cass County Board of Commissioners

Julie Dye, who is running for the Cass County Board of Commissioners, District One, has a unique distinction: She is the only Native American running ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

WILSON: Wanderlust 2020 tour part eight: Natchez, above and below

Late afternoon had arrived — and so had I. The 444-mile long Natchez Trace was behind me and I was standing in the parking lot ... Read more

1 month ago by Larry Wilson.

NELDON: Leader launches digital subscription campaign

This week, our digital readers — especially those who visit often — may have seen a pop-up ad on leaderpub.com asking for an email address ... Read more

1 month ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

RIDINGS: A community with no local newspaper? That’s bad news

What would my town be without a newspaper? If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper ... Read more

1 month ago by Submitted.

KAUFMANN: Just add soap, water or ‘a serious scrub’

If we are feeling a little (or a lot) out of control of our lives right now, perhaps a vigorous hand washing can help. Running ... Read more

1 month ago by Chrissie Kaufmann.

HAVLICEK: Be prepared for compliance inspections

The state of Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced the launch of a new enforcement effort seeking to enhance compliance at business establishments ... Read more

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WILSON: Wandurlust 2020 tour part seven: Birthplace of a King

On the morning of the third day of the Tour, I bid Miss Monetta’s Cottage a fond farewell and resumed my travels. I had only ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Our future depends on our votes

Several weeks ago, our president said that the U.S. Postal Service is a joke. Well, I am not laughing. I am very dependent on the ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LUNDBERG: A student’s opinion on how to reopen schools safely

When I heard schools in Michigan would be closed for one month due to COVID-19, I knew it wouldn’t be “just one month.” Now it ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

MATHEWS: Tips for virtual referee hearings

The COVID-19 pandemic has required many organizations to rethink how they offer services.  The Cass County Friend of the Court is no different. We have ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

NELDON: Remembering a Michiana legend

Like many from this region, I grew up viewing Regis Philbin as an icon. When I was very young, I enjoyed starting my summer mornings ... Read more

2 months ago by Ambrosia Neldon.

WILSON: Wanderlust 2020 tour part six: Welcome to Miss Monetta’s Cottage

The best parts of my “tours” are that I usually have no idea where I am going, what I am going to do, or where ... Read more

2 months ago by Larry Wilson.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Join in voting for Larry Walton

On Aug. 4, each one of us have the opportunity to elect individual to represent us, and I choose Larry Walton for the 59th State ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cast your vote on Aug. 4 for Larry Walton

Larry Walton’s campaign brochure says his experience and involvement in our community have uniquely prepared him to be our next 59th District State Representative. How ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Support Larry Walton for the 59th District State Representative

As we embark on a very important election year, we encourage you to consider supporting Larry Walton for State Representative for the 59th District of ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Consider visiting the shelter before purchasing an animal

Thank you for the informative article about the continued good work Ron Butts is doing as animal control director of our local animal shelter. Our ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote with conviction

As a Democrat, I never really dug into the candidates I voted for. This political season is different though. There are questions coming at me ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote for Jack Coleman for 59th District Representative

I have known Jack Coleman now for the last year. I became acquainted with him upon his announcing to run for 59th District Representative of ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Walton for State Rep.

I am writing to endorse Larry Walton for the 59th District State Representative in Michigan. I express this endorsement as an independent moderate and have ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Walton Right Choice for State Representative

For the past several decades, we in the 59th District have been blessed with effective and successful state representatives in Lansing.  As voters, we are ... Read more

2 months ago by Submitted.

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