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Wolf delisting a victory for Michigan

February 10, 2012 LANSING — On Friday, Jan. 27, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially removed wolves in Michigan from the federal endangered species lis. more »»

Expect a run on rain barrels

February 9, 2012 FLINT — Cartoonists used to — almost universally — draw a rain barrel with suspenders around characters they wanted you to know were poor. Why a rain barrel, I don’t know. more »»

Tax loophole: Financial games over jobs

February 7, 2012 WASHINGTON — We have learned a lot in recent months and years about how special tax breaks and loopholes favor the privileged and powerful at the expense of Michigan’s and America’s middle class. more »»

Super Bowl traditions to eliminate

February 2, 2012 FLINT — There are a lot of silly Super Bowl “traditions”  that I would eliminate if I were in charge. First, you have the Roman numerals. more »»

Mitt Romney and his code phrase

January 31, 2012 ESCANABA — Words move people to action. Supposedly, the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, was told in the late 1700s that the people had no bread to which she responded, “(l)et them eat cake. more »»

Trained to be like the Internet

January 26, 2012 FLINT — I love the Internet. It’s one of those things that you wonder how you got along without. But it has speeded up life somehow. How exactly, I’m not sure. But it has. more »»

Clothes Closet says thanks for community support

January 21, 2012 This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba High School Clothes Closet: “The Escanaba High School Clothes Closet would like to thank all of the community members, community organizations and the... more »»

Raise awareness about bullying

January 19, 2012 FLINT — I was watching the news with my 13-year-old son Henry when a story came on about a Flushing teen who took his own life. I didn’t say a wor. more »»

One size does not fit all

January 17, 2012 ESCANABA — “For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life?” Matthew 16:26 We have been traveling down the road of high stakes testing and forced march... more »»

When television goes too far

January 12, 2012 FLINT — I am not a snob when it comes to TV. I’ve been known to watch the cable channel that shows nothing but a fire in a fireplac. more »»

Heller takes peek at last half of 2012

January 5, 2012 FLINT — It’s time for Part II of my annual predictions column. So repeat after me, “I see London, I see France, I see … the second half of 2012!” (If you missed part one, shame on you. more »»

Pledge links candidates to special interests

January 3, 2012 ESCANABA — Congressman Benishek pledged fealty to a Harvard graduate who is the stereotypical Washington, D.C. insider. more »»

Heller dusts off crystal ball

December 29, 2011 FLINT — Happy New Year, you lucky dogs you. It’s time once again for my annual predictions column, although to call them predictions is to not give me my due. more »»

Who put the ‘merry’ in Christmas?

December 24, 2011 FLINT — Good morning and merry Christmas, although to be honest I’ve never understand why everyone says “Merry Christmas” instead of something else. more »»

Getting smitten with the mitten

December 22, 2011 FLINT — In a new tourism promotion, the state of Wisconsin is swathed in a tan, knit mitten, thus suggesting to tourists that it, and not Michigan, is the true Mitten State. more »»

Working for a greater cause

December 20, 2011 ESCANABA — A little over a week ago I was surfing through the local TV channels and the Army/Navy game surfaced. The teams were playing in Washington D.C. Navy won. more »»

Local volunteers make a difference

December 17, 2011 This week’s bouquets go to: From the Bark River-Harris Grandmothers: “A big thank you to the Foster Grandparent Program Administrator Mary Bunnin, and staff for the wonderful Christmas Party ad... more »»

This career test gets failing grade

December 15, 2011 FLINT — My daughter’s school had her take a career test the other day. It turns out that she’s well-suited to be, among other things, a parking lot attendant and a vending machine stuffe. more »»

Important reminders from Enron’s fall

December 13, 2011 WASHINGTON — Ten years ago this month, Enron collapsed, bankrupting the seventh largest U.S. corporation at the time and ripping away the mask from a massive and damaging corporate fraud. more »»

Five reasons I hate shopping

December 8, 2011 FLINT — It’s the holiday shopping season again. Um, yay! I know there are people — i.e. women — who enjoy Christmas shopping. I’m just not one of them. more »»



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