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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 »»

Players, parents make tourney possible

December 15, 2012 This week’s bouquets go to: From coaches Tracy Hudson, Scott Hanson, and Kirk Schwalbach: “We would like to thank all the parents and players who helped out with the boys 3-6th grade Escanaba Junio... more »»

A cowardly political act

December 13, 2012 FLINT — If a historian someday creates a list of “Top 10 Most Cowardly Acts in Michigan Political History,” I hope the creation of the state’s shiny new Right to Work legislation is on it. more »»

Time to address our nation’s problems

December 11, 2012 WASHINGTON — Many families in Northern Michigan are deeply concerned about our nation’s futur. more »»

Legislature rushing school debate

December 7, 2012 ESCANABA — The United States supports innovation and growth; yet also supports equal rights and the “common good. more »»

One of the lucky ones

December 6, 2012 FLINT — People often say the first thing they’ll do if they win the lottery is “quit working.” I always think that’s a bit sa. more »»

The curse of ‘what if’ journalism

November 29, 2012 FLINT — If you are reading this, you survived Thanksgiving. I’m not sure how you managed it, but congratulations. more »»

Breaking up is hard to do

November 23, 2012 FLINT — Since the presidential election, more than 750,000 people from all 50 states have signed petitions on the White House website saying they want their state to secede from the union. more »»

USS Detroit important to a city, nation

November 21, 2012 WASHINGTON — In early November, I traveled to Marinette, Wis. more »»

From the mouth of babes: A memorial for Veterans Day

November 9, 2012 This past Memorial weekend, my Dad, Frank Hall, and I were out on a drive to one of his Mom’s favorite haunts, the Old Mission Peninsula. more »»

Some people just shouldn’t vote

November 8, 2012 FLINT — Here is what you’ll hear around election time every year: “It doesn’t matter who you support, just make sure you exercise your right to vote. more »»

Park’s birthday celebrates U.P. heritage

November 1, 2012 WASHINGTON — Twenty years ago, a bill I sponsored in the Senate became law, creating the Keweenaw National Historical Park in the Upper Peninsula. more »»

Non-traditional trick-or-treaters

October 31, 2012 FLINT — Halloween 2012 Ding, dong ... “Trick or treat!” “Why, it’s an entire baseball team.” “Not just any baseball team, lady. We’re the Detroit Tigers.” “So you are. more »»

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 30, 2012 ESCANABA — As I read of another incident of murder in our neighboring state of Wisconsin due to domestic violence, I am so saddened by this tragedy and loss. more »»

A Tigers fan rejoices

October 25, 2012 FLINT — This is not the sports page and I am not a sports writer. But I do not care. I am going to write about the Detroit Tigers anyway. more »»

Truth in debates: A simple solution

October 18, 2012 FLINT — There’s nothing wrong with presidential debates that some truth serum and a cranky moderator wouldn’t fix. Moderator: “Welcome to this, the third of four presidential debates. more »»

Dad’s got the daughter’s first date blues

October 11, 2012 FLINT — The problem with parenting is there’s no instruction manual. more »»

The virtues of paying in cash

October 4, 2012 FLINT — Here is my routine at the gas station: 1) Pull up to pump, glance at the little gauge in my car, make brief mental calculation of how much gas I’ll need, prepare money as I walk inside so... more »»

Fight hunger during 2012 CROP?Walk

October 4, 2012 ESCANABA — This coming Sunday, Oct. more »»



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