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Congress should pass tax break for Conservancy

December 18, 2014 Many Americans live within a few hours’ drive of valuable, often beautiful, natural areas preserved in part because of a federal tax break. It ought to be made permanent. more »»

 
 
 
Is good information gathered using torture techniques?

December 17, 2014 Many voices have chimed during the past week in regard to the release of the U.. more »»

Positivity is key to many good things

December 16, 2014 The Chamber of Commerce annual dinner is just around on the corner on Feb. 12. Every year we have a theme to this event. more »»

CIA report raises several questions

December 16, 2014 Much of the contents of a Senate report on use of torture by the CIA was known before the document was released last week. more »»

CIA strikes back after the Senate torture report

December 16, 2014 WASHINGTON — There has been much gnashing of teeth over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report documenting use of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” widely labeled as torture, that were... more »»

Tortured reasoning over release of Senate’s CIA report

December 16, 2014 Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were “torture. more »»

Politics, not science, driving Obama’s climate agenda

December 15, 2014 During a visit to California earlier this year, President Barack Obama linked the lengthy drought there to climate change. more »»

The question on road funding is how

December 13, 2014 Isn’t it great to watch little children this time of year in a toy store? “I would really like this one,” or “wow, this one would be great” as they bounce from one toy to another, oblivious to its... more »»

Health Detroit means a health Michigan

December 13, 2014 Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy this week met with little more than a glance Up North. Still, we would be foolish not to recognize the huge significance of that milestone. more »»

Keep holiday stress in-check with these tips from ARMC

December 13, 2014 Between holiday cards and crafts, shopping, parties, baking, cleaning, traveling, and entertaining, it’s no wonder everyone feels a little overwhelmed and blue during the holidays. more »»

About a boy

December 13, 2014 I finished my work for the day, tucked away my computer, and put up the footrest of my recliner with a sigh. more »»

At last, good news about Great Lakes levels

December 12, 2014 For the first time since the 1990s Great Lakes water levels posted above average levels this year. more »»

Time to discuss issue of ‘toy’ guns

December 11, 2014 Perhaps a new debate about gun control is needed in America. Not about real firearms — but about “toys” that sometimes cause needless deaths of children. more »»

Government doesn’t need to fix it

December 10, 2014 By nature it seems we can’t get too comfortable as a nation. It seems we always want to change this or tweak that. We elect folks at all levels of government who believe that change is necessary. more »»

Obama should rethink approach to Secretary of Defense

December 10, 2014 What if a key, prestigious position in the federal government was open — but the president was having trouble finding someone interested in filling it? That would — or should — send a message to... more »»

Avoid ‘Presenteeism’: Unplug to reconnect

December 9, 2014 I used to be really great at keeping in touch with people. OK, well, maybe not really great but I used to be bette. more »»

Congress needs to keep tax breaks in place

December 9, 2014 Members of Congress have many priorities on their agendas during the next few weeks. One of them — continuing tax breaks on which millions of Americans rely — ought to be at the top of the list. more »»

Consequences of being in charge

December 8, 2014 As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military. more »»

Lower gas prices come at right time of the year

December 6, 2014 This week gas sold for $1.99 a gallon in Oklahoma City. In what would have seemed an unlikely occurrence in recent years, the price dipped below the $2 a gallon mark. more »»

Every issue has more gray areas

December 6, 2014 As I have shared from this platform many times over the years, while many of us would like to view the world through either black or white lens, the truth is the world most often is gray. more »»

After vote to raise gas tax, Lansing should tap brakes to debate other road fix plans

December 6, 2014 At long last, Lansing is beginning to move toward a long-term fix for roads. more »»

 
 
 

 

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The 100 song challenge completed

December 15, 2014 The task was to come up with 100 essential songs that every music lover should know. Six members of the newsroom took on that task. more »

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