- Sunday, December 23, 2012
Kathy Gibbons: Kittens get 'forever family'
So I was back home after working out of town for three years, only coming home weekends.Continued ...
George Weeks: Latest snapshots not flattering to Gov. Snyder
At the outset of this commentary on a negative poll about Gov. Rick Snyder, I emphasize that political polls are but snapshots in time and, as ex-Gov. Jim Blanchard was fond of saying, "like yo-yos."Continued ...
Ed Hungness: To Grandma's house we go
The Christmas tree is decorated, the presents bought and wrapped and the smells of home-baked cookies and fruitcake drift from the kitchen.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: The colonel lays it all out
Col. Colin Chauret was a fighter pilot who served his country in three wars — World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He grew up in Bay City, where he spent his high school years daydreaming about being a Spitfire pilot in the Battle of Britain.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 22, 2012
Senior Focus: Take Wellness Challenge
Throughout society, many people assume that getting weaker, stiffer and heavier is inevitable with aging.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 20, 2012
Phil Power: When change is not good
Like many other dogs, my black Lab, HomeTown, has a bed in the back hallway.Continued ...
- Monday, December 17, 2012
- Northern Notes: 12/17/2012
James Cook: Lions won't overreact with changes
You'd think there will be a lot of turnover with the Detroit Lions next season. Think again.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 16, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: Control of Detroit just a blip
If you want a measure of how crazy things are in Michigan these days, consider this: On Monday, the state signaled its intention to take control of Detroit, probably next month. Yet thanks to the right-to-work wars, that dramatic development involving Michigan's largest city got barely any attention.Continued ...
George Weeks: Contrasting roles of Murphy, Snyder in labor
There is little in common between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and 1937-38 Democratic Gov. Frank Murphy — enshrined in history as Michigan's "labor governor" — other than their passion for the University of Michigan.Continued ...
- Monday, December 10, 2012
- Northern Notes: 12/10/2012
- Sunday, December 9, 2012
Cons, ex-cons: New underclass
You might think last month's presidential election proved one thing: That there are no longer any racial barriers to success in America.Continued ...
Fatherhood brings language adjustment
I swear that I am not a profane person. However, good football games and bad drivers foul up my language.Continued ...
Snyder reversal sparks big controversy
Before Gov. Rick Snyder's abrupt flip-flop last week on legislation to make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in the nation, he said it was too divisive an issue for it to be "on my agenda." Now that it is high-profile on his agenda, just how divisive it is has became quickly apparent in a state that is a cradle of the union movement.Continued ...
- Saturday, December 8, 2012
PERSPECTIVES: Many experiences under heaven
When I was a college student, I read the words of Koheleth: "A time to speak and a time to refrain from speaking; a time to laugh and a time to weep," as very distinct and separate times.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 6, 2012
Phil Power: Don't miss this 'Messiah'
These are the opening lines of "The Messiah," an oratorio written by George Frideric Handel in 1741 and one of the best known and most frequently performed choral works in the Western world.Continued ...
- Monday, December 3, 2012
Pet hospital cares for stray dog
When Kristopher and Michelle Sands found a half-starved dog wandering on Hoosier Valley Road, they had to make a decision about where to take the dog for care.Continued ...
Lifelines: War affects us all
This Christmas don't forget our people serving overseas, and the ones who have come home.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 2, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: More Glendas for Detroit
Glenda Price is exactly the type of person Detroit needs. A Philadelphia native, a former scientist turned university administrator, she arrived in 1998 to become the president of Marygrove College, a small, struggling liberal arts school. Within a few years, she had turned the school's bleak finances around, partly by setting up an innovative distance learning program.Continued ...
George Weeks: Snyder pushes more links
Every once in a while over a span of three centuries, a governor has played a role on links between Michigan's two peninsulas.Continued ...
Kathy Gibbons: Little woman, big light
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to work for a few months at the Father Fred Foundation in Traverse City.Continued ...
Fleda Brown: There's always light ahead
Christmas five years ago, a few months after my husband and I had moved to Traverse City, we walked through Central neighborhood at night, awestruck as children at the snow falling like fairy dust through the streetlights.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 29, 2012
Phil Power: Reform in 'lame duck' world
The Legislature opened its 2012 "lame duck" session this week. Where's that phrase come from, anyway?Continued ...
- Monday, November 26, 2012
James Cook: Schwartz should know better
You'd figure an NFL coach would know the rules. But you'd also figure the NFL would make sensible rules. Wrong on both accounts.Continued ...
Garret Leiva: Christmas lights more convoluted than a tax form
Sometimes I’m not the brightest bulb in the Christmas light strand.Continued ...