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MSU research facility hits milestones

August 13, 2013 WASHINGTON — It’s always good news when Congress takes big steps to help boost scientific research. And it’s even better when those steps lean on Michigan’s world-class research universities. more »»

Summer: It’s almost over

August 8, 2013 FLINT — All of a sudden, I’m having a summer anxiety attack. The cause: calendaritis. I looked up and the calendar said Aug.t 1, which simply isn’t possible. Summer can’t almost be over. more »»

Student loan bill a difficult but necessary step

July 31, 2013 WASHINGTON — The Senate recently faced a very difficult choice. When a July 1 deadline passed, the interest rate on federal student loans was set to double. more »»

A case of cell phone withdrawal

July 25, 2013 FLINT — My mind is racing. I’m sweating. It’s a cold sweat. I don’t know what to do with myself. I can’t stop fidgeting. Fidget, fidget, fidge. more »»

A license for backseat driving

July 11, 2013 ESCANABA — This column is going to get me in trouble, so let me preface it by saying that I think women are by far the superior gender. They’re smarter, stronger, prettier and kinder than men. more »»

What state lawmakers didn’t do

June 27, 2013 FLINT — When they return to school in the fall, a lot of kids will be asked to write essays about what they did on summer vacation. I wish Michigan’s Senate Republicans were required to do the same. more »»

Excuses for spying

June 20, 2013 FLINT — President Obama’s explanation for why no one should be concerned about the National Security Administration’s secret phone spying program was just so gosh-darned compelling that I decided to... more »»

Opening Pandora’s Box

June 13, 2013 FLINT — People were shocked and angry when they learned that the National Security Agency has been secretly collecting millions of phone records. But I doubt it’s going to change. more »»

Help rebuild Manistique’s Paul Bunyan

June 12, 2013 MANISTIQUE — Manistique (Epsport) was founded in 1860, while development of the area did not begin until the latter part of the 1800s. more »»

Pay legislators on their performance

June 6, 2013 FLINT — Here’s what I think teachers should tell state lawmakers about their insulting and damaging idea to tie K-12 teacher salaries to student performance: We will if you will. more »»

Apple’s tax tactics and closing loopholes

June 4, 2013 WASHINGTON — Recently, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which I chair, held the latest in a series of hearings to examine how U.S. more »»

Twits and tweets

May 30, 2013 FLINT — Warren Buffett, the famed investor, sent his first ever tweet recently. It said, “Warren is in the house. more »»

Military sexual assaults: The time to act is now

May 24, 2013 WASHINGTON — Right now, America is facing an epidemic of sexual assaults in our military. The facts on this issue are truly frightening. more »»

A message to President Obama

May 23, 2013 FLINT — If I had the chance to say one thing to President Obama about his leadership and the actions of his administration in recent days, it would be “You’re better than this. more »»

Grads: Beware temptation to assume you’re right

May 21, 2013 WASHINGTON — On May 4, I had the honor of delivering the commencement address to the Adrian College Class of 2013. more »»

Congress must complete dairy policy reform

May 13, 2013 WILSON — After months of uncertainty and false starts, May could be a turning point in Washington, DC, when it comes to reforming farm policy. more »»

Little things make a big difference

May 9, 2013 FLINT — When I was a kid, my mother would sometimes say to me, “Be careful what you do, you never know who’s watching. more »»

Just another prom prop

May 2, 2013 FLINT — What I don’t understand about the female species could fill a 100 gigabyte flash drive. And yet I always discover something more that I didn’t realize I didn’t understand. more »»

Washington and 2nd Amendment rights

April 29, 2013 WASHINGTON — Like many people from Northern Michigan, I grew up around firearms and I’m a lifetime gun owner. more »»

Knowledge key to prevent financial crimes

April 26, 2013 EDITOR’S NOTE: In observance of National Crime Victims Rights Week, the Daily Press will be publishing articles throughout the week authored by agencies which support the victims of crime locally. more »»



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