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Candidates have no substance

December 6, 2011 ESCANABA — There was a time when candidates for the presidency were made of substance not fluff and bluster. On Sept. more »»

Balanced budget amendment needed

December 5, 2011 WASHINGTON — Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a bipartisan measure, H.J.Res 2, which if enacted would add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. more »»

The joy of being out of touch

December 1, 2011 FLINT — The long holiday weekend allowed me to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I put down my cellphon. more »»

Speculators cost consumers, economy

November 29, 2011 WASHINGTON — As winter approaches, Michigan families will once again face daunting heating bill. more »»

Counterfeit electronic parts threaten troops

November 22, 2011 WASHINGTON — Earlier this year, the Senate Armed Services Committee, which I chair, began an investigation of counterfeit electronic parts finding their way into the systems that our military uses t... more »»

Enough Republican debates already

November 18, 2011 FLINT — I usually vote for Democrats, so maybe it’s none of my business, but I don’t understand why the Republicans are having so many presidential debates. more »»

New tastes at the old dorm cafeteria

November 10, 2011 FLINT — I am agog. My college dorm serves chilled cucumber water with dinner. My old dorm, I mean — the first one I lived in at Central Michigan University 30,000 years ago. Give or tak. more »»

End offshore tax abuses, cut the deficit

November 8, 2011 WASHINGTON — The vast majority of Americans fulfill their legal and civic obligations to pay the taxes they owe, and rightly expect others to do the same. more »»

Once a Marine always a Marine

November 1, 2011 ESCANABA — “For there isn’t a job on the top o’ the earth the beggar don’t know, nor do” — “Soldier an’ Sailor Too,” Rudyard Kipling, 1865. General Douglas MacArthur commanded U.S. more »»

This is what’s really frightening

October 31, 2011 FLINT — Halloween 2011 … Ding, dong! “Trick or treat!” “Dear me, what frightening costumes this year. more »»

They say you can’t go home again

October 27, 2011 ESCANABA — I was back in my hometown for my niece’s wedding and had some time to kill so I drove around, which is something I hadn’t done for years. more »»

State greetings — a few suggestions

October 20, 2011 FLINT — The governor of South Carolina recently ordered state employees to answer the phone by saying “It’s a great day in South Carolina. more »»

Tax holiday for big companies failed before

October 18, 2011 WASHINGTON — As Americans continue to worry about jobs and the economy, some lobbyists in Washington are pushing for what they claim is the perfect solution — allowing multinational corporations to... more »»

We can reduce the deficit and protect the middle class

October 14, 2011 WASHINGTON — Over the next several months, Congress faces a complex and difficult duty. We must agree to legislation that will reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decad. more »»

Starved for good economic news

October 13, 2011 FLINT — How starved are we for good economic news? This starved: “Screeee!” That was me jamming on the brakes to make the turn into the gas station when I noticed that the price had dropped 20 cents... more »»

More stimulus spending won’t fix economy

October 12, 2011 WASHINGTON — While some of the proposals outlined in President Barack Obama’s new jobs plan merit further consideration, I and many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives, fear this plan i... more »»

Jobs: A lesson to remember

October 11, 2011 ESCANABA — In the 1960s students wrote term papers on typewriters. more »»

Softball creates father-son bond

September 29, 2011 FLINT — It was a moment that will mean nothing to you. And, who knows, it might not have meant much to him. It’s hard to tell with teenagers. But it meant the world to me. more »»

Speak loudly and dodge responsibility

September 27, 2011 ESCANABA — Seven years ago Nixon political strategist Kevin Phillips wrote in “Wealth and Democracy” that America was becoming a plutocracy, government by the wealthy. more »»

Autumn is here — watch for deer

September 26, 2011 ESCANABA — Motorists are reminded that with fall, deer populations are on the move. This fall weather heightens the chance of a car/deer crash occurring. more »»

 
 

 

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