ICYMI: Tackling the tough question of “digital remains”

What happens to our social media accounts and emails once we’re no longer around? It’s not something many people think of, but for those who struggle to access the email and Facebook accounts of loved ones who’ve recently passed, it’s an important and challenging hurdle. Many states including Michigan have begun to tackle the issue…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Putting an end to the silence

Every October, many of us don pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness and those affected by the disease, but this month is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects one in four women, and throughout the month of October, communities across America are coming together to help end this violent trend — and…

Fairness for the ages

For many years, income in Michigan was taxed differently for different age groups and different sources. Starting in 2011, that all changed when fairness was brought to the state’s income tax code and all senior citizens were treated equally, regardless of their source of income. It’s all laid out visually for reference in the graphic…

Art Prize 2014

ArtPrize transforms Grand Rapids, inspiring artists and a city

West Michigan’s most creative, inspirational and transformative community event is upon us. The 19-day event is much more than an art festival; it’s an international celebration that embraces Pure Michigan and welcomes thousands of people to the region. Visitors come from near and far to participate in the thought-provoking creativity displayed and hidden throughout the city of Grand Rapids….

Early Screenings for a Brighter Future: Oct. is Breast Cancer Detection Awareness Month

The start of October brings about distinct fall images such as leaves changing colors and Halloween decorations.  However, October also means you’ll be seeing more pink, and for a good cause, too. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Detection Awareness Month in the state of Michigan. That may not seem like much of…

#TBT: House committee makes Michigan a better, safer place to live

In this week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday, we take a closer look at the accomplishments of the House Criminal Justice Committee. During the 2013-14 legislative session, House Republicans have dedicated time and resources to make Michigan a safer place for everyone to live by strengthening laws to protect our most vulnerable citizens and creating harsher penalties…

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons

Endeering news: more women join ranks of new Michigan hunters

October 1 marks opening day for bow season in Michigan, and more than half a million hunters will take to the state’s forests and fields in search of a prize deer. According to a recent MLive article, more young women are expected in the woods today for the opening of bow season than in previous years. House Republican Reps. Lisa Lyons…

It’s Oct. 1 and no one has noticed

It’s October 1. That’s the first day of the new fiscal year in Michigan. That means the state budget year for 2014-15 is now underway, and no one seems to have noticed. The media isn’t inundating its readers, listeners and viewers with stories about the state budget, negotiations, partisan divides or a government being shut…