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National debt has impact on Upper Peninsula businesses

March 23, 2013 MARQUETTE — As CEO of the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) it is my duty to see that we do everything in our power to “stimulate and sustain a vibrant regional economy by facilitating... more »»

Armed and dangerous

March 21, 2013 FLINT — While flying along at 37,000 feet last week I had an awful realization: I was armed. more »»

Taking on challenges of the next two years

March 12, 2013 WASHINGTON — I have decided not to run for re-election in 2014. This decision was extremely difficult because I love representing the people of Michigan in the U.. more »»

Filling the gun mayhem vacuum

March 7, 2013 FLINT — They say that nature abhors a vacuum. Where one exists, there’s always something there to fill it. And so it is with gun slaughters. more »»

Biodiversity is not ending

March 5, 2013 LANSING — Chicken Little famously exclaimed, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Today, as you may have recently read, environmentalists hysterically proclaim, “Biodiversity is ending!... more »»

Winter stinks, death to winter

February 28, 2013 FLINT — This is a column filled with hatred and loathing. Oh, and whining. Lots and lots of whining. If you dislike that sort of thing, then you should move on to something else. more »»

Storm recovery is a Great Lakes priority

February 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — More than four months after Superstorm Sandy devastated parts of the Eastern United States, recovery and reconstruction efforts are far from complet. more »»

Michigan’s brain drain

February 21, 2013 FLINT — I learn lots of interesting things from my 16-year-old daughter. And by interesting I mean frightening. Sixteen and frightening seem to go together. more »»

I hate Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013 FLINT — We were watching TV the other night when a commercial came on for a Teddy bear company. more »»

This is Pure Michigan

February 7, 2013 FLINT — Admittedly, I am among the few who has somehow resisted the charms of the Pure Michigan campaign all these years. more »»

Rules for singing the national anthem

January 31, 2013 FLINT — Me, I’m not that particular about how the national anthem is sung at events. What do I care if someone can’t hit the high note at the end of “And the rocket’s red glare”? I can’t eithe. more »»

After challenges, more work to do in 2013

January 29, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Senate returned to the Capitol this month after a turbulent 2012. more »»

The future of gun legislation

January 24, 2013 FLINT — This is an appeal to the plinkers and plunkers out there — in other words the law-abiding folks who own the vast majority of assault-style weapons in this country and use them for nothing... more »»

Lessons for restaurants

January 17, 2013 FLINT — Diana Ross the singer was snubbed last week at an upscale Beverly Hills restaurant named La Scala and stormed out afterward. I can’t say I blame her. more »»

Part 2: Predictions for the New Year

January 10, 2013 FLINT — It’s time for Part II of my annual Year in Preview column. July The National Rifle Association backs dump trucks full of cash up to Congress. more »»

Progress on protecting ‘the most beautiful place in America’

January 8, 2013 WASHINGTON — In the waning days of the 112th Congress, the Senate approved a bill I’ve been fighting to pass to protect more than 35,000 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. more »»

A look ahead to 2013

January 3, 2013 FLINT — At this time of year, it’s common for columnists to write “Year in Review” articles. They do this because it’s easier and safer to navel-gaze at what was than to foretell what will be. more »»

Dinner with the politicians

December 27, 2012 FLINT — I had dinner with a Democrat and a Republican the other day. “Could you please pass the butter?” I asked. Democrat: “You heard him. Pass the butter. more »»

Christmas at the shelter

December 24, 2012 ‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full — we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. more »»

It’s time to talk about guns

December 20, 2012 FLINT — Not long after the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre broke, I wrote on my Facebook page, “Tell me again how wonderful it is to have unfettered access to all guns and all ammo... more »»



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