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Special tribute during Art of Achievement Awards


Last week for the sixth consecutive year, the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce honored 17 businesses, community leaders and hospitality professionals for their unique accomplishments and contributions toward building a more prosperous, benevolent and inclusive region. Known as the Art of Achievement Awards, this year’s gala at the Flint Institute of Arts was especially noteworthy. We always conclude the […]

Quit’cher … complaining


You’ve probably heard the saying, “The only constant is change.” History attributes those words to the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus. Clearly, Heraclitus never attempted to direct that change because, had he done so, he would know there is at least one more constant: resistance to change. Anyone who has ever served on a committee, commission, council or board knows this […]

Let’s give millennials a chance


I t’s inevitable. My generation, the tech-savvy, somewhatmisunderstood group of Americans known as millennials, has come of age. In recent years, my generation has begun to play an increasingly prominent role in shaping American society. More and more millennials are becoming homeowners, starting companies or running for political office, preparing to eventually catch the “passing of the torch” from Baby […]

Halloween, my favorite time of year


I ’m a Halloween fanatic. I have always loved this time of year, maybe even more than Christmas, because there’s just something about jack-olanterns, black cats and witches I find to be a lot of fun. I’ve always had a thing for Halloween. As a kid my mom used to put up Halloween decorations around the house and I would […]

High school is a great time for career exploration


This week, employers from the I-69 Thumb Region gathered together with the common goal of highlighting careers that are or will be in high demand for our region. Coordinated by GST Michigan Works!, MiCareerQuest East provided more than 3,000 students with the chance to speak with professionals and learn what it’s like to work in advanced manufacturing, health care, construction […]

Working from home requires discipline


I f you work from home, do you really work? Apparently, my family doesn’t think so. Until I started working for The View newspapers, my jobs as a reporter and editor were always done in a traditional newsroom. I had a desk with a computer, legal pads, red pens (my personal preference) and reference books like my battered Thesaurus, my […]

Seeking and sharing joy in a bleak world


There are some shelves in my kitchen where I display my treasures. But they are not collections of copper pans or handmade pottery or ceramic roosters. Rather, they are my books of poetry. When I am waiting for the pot to boil or the onions to sauté, I’ll reach for one of them and let its words speak to my […]

Don’t Skip the 2020 Census— Being Counted Matters


The 2020 Census is coming soon and based on a statistical analysis of the last census—only 80 percent of Genesee County residents are expected to respond. Considering that the census shapes many different aspects of our country and local communities, that puts Flint and Genesee County at a major disadvantage. For one, it could potentially impact the strength of our […]

Legislators want to end public notices in newspapers


Editor’s note: Today’s guest editorial was written by Dirk Milliman, publisher of Three Rivers Commercial News and Public Policy Committee Chairman of the Michigan Press Association. Milliman and MPA Public Affairs Manager Lisa McGraw lead the MPA’s effort in Lansing to keep public notices in plain sight of the public as well as efforts to protect and enhance Michigan’s Freedom […]

Michiganders say the darndest things


f you’re a native of Michigan, or have lived here for many years, you’ve probably become fluent in our state’s very own collection of slangs and colloquialisms…without even realizing it. That’s right. We Michiganders have developed what’s called the Michigan Accent. Basically, it’s a mashup of Upper Midwest and Ontario accents, complete with terms and rearranged phrases that are characteristic […]


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