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Regulating begging is still bad solution to poverty, public safety concerns

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 12-12-2017 under OPINION

I work at The Rapidian now and have for about three years, but before I was a staff member, I was a community journalist. The second article I wrote on The Rapidian was an opinion piece detailing why I thought banning panhandling was a terrible idea...

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Finding more than a place to sleep

by Dégagé Ministries (Degage Ministries)

Submitted 12-05-2017 under NONPROFITS

Katheryn is a woman of deep faith who came to Dégagé for more than a place to sleep. She came wanting to deepen her faith, grow in her ability to trust, and be encouraged in her journey. After her first night in our Open Door Women's Center,...

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Transit union president talks contract disputes with The Rapid

by John Rothwell (jproth1)

Submitted 10-31-2017 under NEWS

It has been over two years that members of the Amalgamated Transit Union local 836 in Grand Rapids, Michigan have been working without a contract. John Rothwell sat down with union president RiChard Jackson to discuss the issues that ATU 836...

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Demanding a public apology is the newest form of extortion in our social network-centered world

by Ron Lemmon (lemmon)

Submitted 10-24-2017 under OPINION

I am not sure when it happened, but a switch went off a few years back in our society, and we began to demand a public apology for every slight, big or small, true or false. It happens locally and nationally, and it seems to be a growing trend. And...

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Community responds to Jurors' Shortlist at ArtPrize 9

by Elizabeth Rogers Drouillard (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 09-26-2017 under NEWS

Art lovers, hopeful artists and various media filled the ArtPrize Studio at the ArtPrize Hub last night on 41 Sheldon Boulevard SE, eager to hear whom this year's jurors' selected for notice among this year's entries. The Rapidian and...

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ArtPrize artist feature from UICA: Michael Peoples

by Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) (UICA)

Submitted 09-19-2017 under NONPROFITS

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts invites you to learn more about West Michigan's creative workforce, neighboring cultural organizations, and about ways to engage with Grand Rapids' art-scene with interviews and guest features...

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First Generation Student: College life

by Lisa McNeilley (Writers Alley)

Submitted 09-12-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

I grew up in a small town. Our claim to fame was that we were the only town in the USA that had a pig farm in its downtown. My dad dropped out of high school to join the Navy, and my mom was a first generation English speaker. She took college...

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First Generation Student: Navigating your classroom

by Lisa McNeilley (Writers Alley)

Submitted 09-05-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

The first time you walk into your first college class you will probably feel overwhelmed with pride (You made it!) and apprehension (What exactly is it?). Take a deep breath (really, just stop before you enter the room and breathe in and out). Every...

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing camp provides fun, connection for kids

by Nancy Cluley (ncluley)

Submitted 08-08-2017 under OPINION

At Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D&HHS) Kids Camp, the kids come here so that they can have fun, experience things they may not otherwise experience, and learn new ways to communicate, much like all the other summer camps that kids from all over...

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Rethinking child support, Part 1: How good parents go to jail

by Marjorie Steele (Marjorie Steele)

Submitted 08-08-2017 under OPINION

This is the first in a two-part series examining the United States’ Child Support Enforcement system, Michigan Friend of the Court’s role in implementing it, and its impact on local communities - specifically in Kent County, Michigan....

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