A casual, and sometimes cutting, roundup of what’s being said around town.


Street Talk: Restarting common sense

The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is angling for a “smart restart” to the Michigan economy.

Street Talk: Don’t be like Detroit

Disability Advocates of Kent County caught wind of discrimination against disabled patients occurring in Detroit-area hospitals and wants to prevent the same from happening in West Michigan.

Street Talk: 51 of 51 students would approve

Marketing majors from two Michigan State University advertising capstone classes recently completed a project to recommend market expansion plans for OrthoDots CLEAR, a Michigan-made product advertised to be a better alternative to commodity dental wax commonly dispensed by orthodontists.

Street Talk: Call it like you see it

Dr. Jihad Mustapha has a problem with calling dead health care workers heroes instead of what he believes they truly are — victims of inaction.

Street Talk: Retail sales bottom out

Retail sales saw their biggest monthly drop on record during March as the coronavirus pandemic forced restaurants, bars and many stores to temporarily close across the nation and stay-at-home orders also impacted gasoline sales, the National Retail Federation said.

Street Talk: Staying safe at home

While Michigan residents have been urged to stay home and stay safe, staying safe at home has taken a broader meaning for the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

Street Talk: The new neighborhood watch

With so many of us home these days, now might be a good time to reinstitute something that was far more popular in a bygone era: the Neighborhood Watch program. This time, however, there is a tech twist.

Street Talk: Celebrating unsung heroes

With an additional 1 million school-age children, laid off workers and a growing number of families needing emergency food, Michigan’s seven regional food banks...

Street Talk: How to release employees

Thousands of people in West Michigan lost their jobs last week. Thousands more might this week. It’s the new world order, at least for...

Street Talk: I’ll have another

Fear and uncertainty over coronavirus is putting air travel on hold and canceling major events, but rather than stockpile toilet paper, Long Road Distillers...