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Shanghai brings a touch of home

July 20, 2011 HANGZHOU, China — I have been to Shanghai numerous times — indeed, I’ve taken 14 trips since January. more »»

A conflict in Portage Township

July 19, 2011 ESCANABA — You can not serve both God and Mammon — Matthew 6:19-21,24 I had the distinct privilege of attending the New World premiere of Rockland, an opera about the 1906 mine strike in Rockland,... more »»

China’s government is restrictive

July 9, 2011 HANGZHOU, China — My goal for this column has been two-fold: to describe the general experience of living abroad in a foreign country and to give a general introduction to China, especially for... more »»

The free rider and the kidnapped passenger

July 8, 2011 ESCANABA — On Thursday, June 30, press conferences were held across the state of Michigan to announce the formation of a grass roots coalition working on getting Freedom to Work legislation passed... more »»

You can get away with murder

July 7, 2011 FLINT — Watching the Casey Anthony verdict, it occurred to me that it’s probably time the American justice system starting using an instant replay system like the NFL. more »»

Beware of words meant to trick

July 5, 2011 ESCANABA — Who doesn’t want another right? I would like to have the right not to see people in pajama bottoms on main street in winter or summer. more »»

Touches of the U.S. part of China

July 1, 2011 HANGZHOU, China — In new surroundings, the familiar can be especially welcome. Compared to the U.S., many things in China are different — to begin with, the language, food, and many customs. more »»

Teachers speak out on column

June 30, 2011 FLINT — Maybe it doesn’t matter to you, but teachers are frustrated with a capital . more »»

Defense bill protects nation, troops

June 28, 2011 WASHINGTON — The biggest job each year for the Senate Armed Services Committee, which I chair, is crafting the annual National Defense Authorization Act. more »»

Get off the backs of teachers

June 23, 2011 FLINT — We’ve badgered them, pink-slipped them, scolded them, shrunk their pay, cut their benefits, and angrily blamed them for all of American society’s ills, with the possible exceptions of foot... more »»

Emergency financial managers: What are the facts?

June 14, 2011 ESCANABA — The legislature passed Emergency Financial Manager Law as a threat to cities and school districts to put their finances in order. more »»

Chinese food is a world all its own

June 10, 2011 HANGZHOU, China—“Try this,” I am told often. “It is very delicious. more »»

Heller and the death of the letter

June 9, 2011 FLINT — I got a letter the other day. A real letter. On real paper. With words written on it in in. more »»

Two sides of the smoking ban

June 2, 2011 FLINT — I am nothing if not fair, and so I present the following column in glorious point-counterpoint fashion. more »»

Courting the creative class

June 1, 2011 ESCANABA — Years ago I was in a coffee shop near the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco. more »»

Remember those who served

May 30, 2011 ESCANABA — America’s veterans who gave the supreme sacrifice have a special day today as we honor those who gave their lives. more »»

U.S., China the same in many ways

May 27, 2011 HANGZHOU, China —In the course of my time in China, I’ve visited 15 cities, traveled down two rivers, and crisscrossed the country by train, plane, taxi, and bus. more »»

We’ve become a nation of slobs

May 26, 2011 FLINT — I was in a casino recently for the first time in a long time, and here is what I want to know: Where are all the people from the commercials? You know, the ones wearing suits and ties and... more »»

High-speed rail helps build our future

May 24, 2011 WASHINGTON — Michigan recently got a second helping of good news in our drive to make our state more competitive in the 21st century global economy. more »»

Heller at the half century mark

May 19, 2011 FLINT — In my darkened bedroom, I am watching the digital clock on my computer in its relentless march toward midnight. 11:58 p.m. 11:59 p.m. And … 50. Finally. more »»



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