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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 »»

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 »»



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