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The #StandWithCharlottesville march: How did it go?

Submitted 08-15-2017 under OPINION

Organizers in Grand Rapids were quick to bring together a rally against white supremacy, but we're still complicit in racism in our own town. When well-meaning white people cause harm, we must own it and do better.

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Ethics and Religion Talk: Is torture in defense of civilians ethical?

Submitted 08-14-2017 under OPINION

RS asks, Is the torture of enemies defensible in the defense of civilians; and should it be decriminalized in view of hindsight if the nation-state deems it moral?

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

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.

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

Submitted 08-08-2017 under OPINION

Examining why the our child support system is out of sync with society, and its impact on Kent County’s most economically disadvantaged parents.

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International exchange program broadens horizons for students, families, communities

Submitted 08-08-2017 under OPINION

Becoming a host family for an International exchange student can be a rewarding, life-changing experience for everyone involved.

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Navigating campus for the first time

Submitted 08-01-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

Diving into the college world without the resources and advice of family who attended can be tricky to navigate but with some advice and storytelling we can help bridge the gap for incoming first-generation students. This is the second story in our series.

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Trolling under rainbow bridge

Submitted 07-31-2017 under OPINION

For all the discrimination and prejudice, I lamented in my first article, there was no acknowledgment of the disabled community. Even though I am not disabled, if I was going to get on a gay soap box about equal representation, I might want to make sure I’m not showcasing the same bias.

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Amplify GR meeting: What does community ownership look like?

Submitted 07-28-2017 under OPINION

Until Grand Rapids intentionally starts a restorative justice and reparations process to deal with over a century of oppression, those in power will evade true community ownership and empowerment.

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Foster mom gives back to the downtown food pantry Westminster

Submitted 07-26-2017 under LOCAL LIFE

For Dionne Ashley Ford, the food pantry at Westminster Presbyterian Church has made a huge difference for her family. Over the years she has adopted and raised 46 children of her own and fostered so many others. Now, shes giving back by volunteering.

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Grand Rapids Pops' Music of ABBA has audience dancing the night away

Submitted 07-14-2017 under OPINION

Arrival from Sweden recreates the ABBA experience to open the 2017 D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops at Cannonsburg Ski Area

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