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September 22, 2011 FLINT — It was a moment that will live in television history, the moment everything changed. more »»

American Jobs Act should be passed

September 20, 2011 WASHINGTON — Clearly, the economic recovery that we all hoped was under way in 2009 and 2010 has slowed, and with it, job creation has stalled. more »»

The not so great outdoors

September 15, 2011 FLINT — My sons and I decided to go camping recently. The lovely yet formidable Marcia and our teenage daughter said they preferred to stay home and have a girls’ weekend. more »»

Delta County needs all its judges

September 13, 2011 ESCANABA — About 9 a.m. Sunday morning Ludington Park was almost empty, even though the weather was spectacular. A light breeze from the south cooled the warm land mass. more »»

Are you dumber than your kids?

September 8, 2011 FLINT — I wish I could show you the reason that I feel officially dumber than my kids but my keyboard can’t type mathematical formulas. Or maybe it does and I’m just not aware. more »»

Lessons of the post-9/11 decade

September 6, 2011 WASHINGTON — A decade ago this Sept. 11, terrorists motivated by a monstrous and hate-filled ideology attacked our nation, taking nearly 3,000 innocent lives. more »»

Working on the docks in early Escanaba

September 5, 2011 ESCANABA — Ever since the first Labor Day celebration was held in 1882, the United States has chosen on one day a year to remember and to honor the workers of America — especially those involved in... more »»

Cheech & Chong’s marijuana law

September 1, 2011 FLINT — The problem with Michigan’s well-intentioned medical marijuana law, which affects more than 99,000 people, is that it’s so vaguely written it’s like an out-take from a “Cheech & Chong” movi. more »»

Buffet, Reich on the right track

August 30, 2011 ESCANABA — We tend to hold opinions regardless of evidence to the contrary. A friend in the newspaper business had a saying about opinions he would sometimes hear. They were “.. more »»

Warren Buffett is my new hero

August 25, 2011 FLINT — Warren Buffett is my new hero. more »»

Natural wonders, people make state special

August 23, 2011 WASHINGTON — I have traveled across Michigan an untold number of times. But the strength, the character and the beauty of our state never cease to amaze m. more »»

Is this the new normal?

August 18, 2011 FLINT — There’s something gnawing at us, isn’t there, America? It’s not the debt ceiling debacle. It’s not the U.S.’s credit dropping below, as the comic Jon Stewart noted, the Isle of Man’s. more »»

Is a degree worth the cost?

August 16, 2011 ESCANABA — Dream big, work hard and you will have a chance at the American Dream. I believed and America delivered. more »»

Politics in the age of chicken

August 11, 2011 FLINT — Personally, I found the whole debt ceiling affair to be an annoyance, not a crisi. more »»

Era of shared sacrifice must begin

August 9, 2011 WASHINGTON — The Senate passed legislation on Aug. 2 to increase the debt ceiling and avoid a catastrophic default on our national debt while reducing the deficit. more »»

A guaranteed way to lose weight

July 28, 2011 FLINT — Michigan is officially one of the fattest states in a fat nation. We cracked the Top 10 this year, according to the latest statistics, which is odd because the economy is so bad here. more »»

Agencies break down barriers

July 26, 2011 WASHINGTON — So much of our future — Michigan’s and the nation’s — depends on energy. more »»

Forcing the federal government to spend less is a national imperative

July 25, 2011 WASHINGTON — As Congressional leaders and the White House continue to negotiate a deal to raise the debt limit another $2. more »»

Bringing the U.S. to Chinese students

July 23, 2011 SHANGHAI, China — As my time in China comes to a close — I leave for the U.S. on Au. more »»

No pornography for prisoners

July 21, 2011 FLINT — A Michigan jail inmate is suing to get pornography in his jail cell. Not having it, he says, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The lawsuit itself doesn’t surprise m. more »»



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