I’m making our grandson a superhero suit for Christmas. Not sure which one yet, except I know it won’t be the Hulk. Giving a 3-year-old a suit that essentially says “Let’s smash things” just doesn’t seem like a good idea.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
What a powerful assortment of learning opportunities this president and his administration have provided! It is an ongoing educational experience for this retiree beyond the usual opportunities of travel, volunteering, reading and taking greater advantage of cable news. The president has rev…
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Over the past few weeks we have been bombarded by the media on the proposals and finger-pointing by Democrats and Republicans over the massive problem we have on funding and fixing Michigan roads. Like most of you, I’m just one of the commoners, the peasants, you know, one of the little peop…
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
What has happened to the ability of supposedly educated people to read and understand what they read? It seems as if too many politicians and reporters – I did not call them news people – will keep putting forth things that are never said no matter what is said.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The headlines can be troubling at times for Michiganders. Michigan Radio reported in late August that “Michigan could already be in the early stages of a recession.” According to CNBC in mid-September, the “UAW strike threatens Michigan’s economy, could push state into recession, Moody’s and…
Thursday, October 17, 2019
No community is immune and all too many of us have experienced the devastation and loss firsthand caused by the opioid epidemic. Make no mistake. The opioid crisis cuts through all demographics, races and socioeconomic statuses.
Thursday, October 03, 2019
There are lots of reasons people read newspapers – for the latest news, political commentary and entertainment; advertisements from local businesses; and legal notices about things going on in their local government.
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
Where does an era begin or end? I ask myself the question as I think back over previous decades when the era of printed news and information, evident for around five centuries, seemed endless. According to psprint.com it began with a news sheet printed in Mexico in 1541.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Last school year, there was an online explosion of the concept of a creature called “Momo,” which was accompanied by an awkward and creepy photo of artwork that had been originally created by a Japanese artist. The links, shared by practically everyone with children, warned of an alarming tr…
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The city of South Haven is celebrating its 150th anniversary. As a part of this celebration, many other groups and organizations are lifting up their own history as a part of the city.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
There was a time when the concept or definition of a civil society was pretty straight forward. Its attributes and benefits were the many threads that wove culture and social order together.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Should the Benton Harbor school district be dissolved? I am not sure. I do not have all of the facts, but my emotions say no. In fairness, I must disclose that both of my children started in the Benton Harbor school system. Due to a teacher who actually stood and screamed at the kids and a p…
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
With Labor Day just a week or so away, children are heading back to school soon. Teachers are already busily preparing bulletin boards for parent and student meet-and-greets. School custodians are almost done waxing floors. Football, cross country and other teams and, of course, high school …
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Unfortunately, mass shootings have become a common occurrence in the United States, with two more recently taking place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Even if we’re no longer shocked and surprised by such happenings, they still cause both fear and outrage, and every new shooting renews…
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Stop going in the water on the beaches of Lake Michigan when the red flags are up. Not only is it dangerous to ignore the warnings of weather experts regarding hazardous waves or deadly rip current conditions, it’s rude. It doesn’t matter how experienced of a swimmer you are. It doesn’t matt…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
There is a great controversy about the root cause of so many millennials tending to favor a socialistic bent to government. Of course the main reason, in my opinion, is the rewriting of the history books in our education system. George Washington is no longer the father of our country but is…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Just last week, I was at Wrigley Field in Chicago taking in a ballgame. Before the game started, a mother and two boys, elementary school aged, took a seat in the row in front of me. Right after sitting down, the two boys each pulled out a smartphone and started playing games. I thought mayb…
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Suppose for some reason you were to cast your mind back to your high school English class and the classic conflicts in literature. I know ... I can’t think of a reason either. Maybe you’re getting a root canal and the TV on the ceiling of the dentist’s office is tuned to “Jeopardy.” Man vs. …
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Sen. Kim LaSata has had her share of front-page news lately, most recently in response to her Michigan Senate testimony regarding late-term abortion, including her own painful experience of a failed therapeutic abortion for a fetus with serious medical issues, then, in her words, “letting Go…
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
If you’ve ever taken a physics or chemistry class, you have likely heard of the law of conservation of energy. This law says that energy remains invariable and is maintained over time, so while energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can be altered or transmitted.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
I recently was privileged to attend a workshop for leaders of nonprofits. The two-day workshop was designed to help leaders better understand their role and to work on crafting a plan for the future. This was a wonderful workshop and I want to share three items from our time together.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Okay gang, we’re well into the month of May and you know what that means; We’re on the threshold of true summer. Time to plan on getting outta Dodge and carving out some rest and relaxation from that hard-charging career you’re pursuing.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Let me tell you a story. I was driving along on Interstate 94 the other day when flashing colored lights appeared in my mirror. The kind gentleman(?) who approached my car asked if I knew why he stopped me. My answer, of course was, I have no idea.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Now that tax season is over, except for the lost souls who filed extensions and their accountants who have not gotten over hangovers yet, it is time to re-visit tax fairness and simplification. Let’s start with Michigan taxes.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
There are several moments in your life when you realize you’re not a child anymore, when you take on more responsibility and go through another rite of passage into adulthood. Getting your first job. Earning your driver’s license. Going off to college. Getting married. Becoming a parent.
Friday, April 05, 2019
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
The other evening our cruel and unfeeling daughter-in-law ruined our grandson’s life. She cut up his pizza into bite-sized pieces. Presented with this unspeakable calamity on a plate, his bones immediately dissolved and he commenced howling “My pi-i-i-iz-za” with all the pathos of the last w…
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
With the world twisting and turning from one extreme to another environmentally, politically and culturally, I find myself reflecting upon the credos that helped form the character of modern generations. People of various faiths as well as many who do not consider themselves religious will r…
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all in the past few weeks, you’ve seen that several seemingly intelligent, professional, successful adults have been indicted on various charges involving college admissions fraud. There are many factors at play here, but the one that is most al…
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
It’s remarkable how economic development, and the process of locating a new facility, has changed in the past decade. Just 10 years ago, with a national unemployment rate of 10 percent, companies had little problem finding available employees, and most site-location decisions were based on a…
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Do you wonder sometimes whether or not the politicians in Washington or Lansing are really trying to solve the problems our country or state faces? I do. Or are our political leaders simply trying to get re-elected by pandering to their base of support? Do you turn on the television at night…
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Kipling promised respect to those who “can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.” He was talking to me. And he was talking about the Marie Kondo tidying movement. (We won’t talk about who’s doing the blaming. And we won’t talk about Swedish Death Cleaning…
Sunday, January 27, 2019
When The New York Times last week put a spotlight on Southwest Michigan for a story about the 2020 presidential race, it provided a good example of what is wrong with politics in America.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
2018 was a great year. It was great because no matter how much went wrong, much more went right. That does not necessarily mean that more actions, circumstances or events were better than bad. It means that through it all, I never lost the love of God in my life. There were days when it was …
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
How often does the financing of facilities and infrastructure for Michigan schools and local governments make news in The Washington Post? Rhetorical question.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
In case you were wondering in the clamor of contentious midterm election runoffs, endless and increasingly devastating California wildfires plus daily gun violence perpetrated by homegrown terrorists in schools, workplaces and faith communities, there are signs of hope. One recent example: t…
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
My friend Zoe died on Sunday. She was 10, and she is irreplaceable. If you knew Zoe, you know exactly what I mean, and you’re one of the lucky ones. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and all I keep thinking about is how lucky I am that I got to spend some of the precious time Zoe had here in this wo…
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
As a note of introduction, I am a middle-class, middle aged, white male living in South Haven. I am fully aware that because of those aspects of myself, I am a person of privilege.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
New data released over the recent months from the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) confirms that 11.7 percent of adults read poetry last year. That’s roughly 28 million adults. You know, big people who have the freedom to decide what the…
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Life is full of uncertainties. You can never be sure what each day will bring. We can only control so much and so much is out of our control. But one thing we can control, and that is our reaction to the circumstances each day brings. Others may play a huge role in our lives, but they should…
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Much of the world next month will celebrate an important 100-year anniversary. One hundred years ago on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, the armistice that ended World War I was signed. At the time, World War I was labeled the “war to end all wars.” Clea…
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Facebook announced earlier this year that it was seeing a decrease in the amount of website usage. For years, the website was growing because of all the positive traits it brings to our society. But after a while, we started to figure out the downsides of Facebook, and though it’s too early …
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
On the TV screen an armor-clad Alice wields the vorpal sword as tall as she is against the massive dragon beast of the Jabberwock. The beast smashes through stone pillars without pause as it streams toward her across the dark checkerboard battlefield of Wonderland. The playing-card soldiers …
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The phrase “thinking outside the box” has become somewhat worn, but it is worth consideration as we approach the midterm elections. Inside the box thinking differs for each person, based on standards we were brought up to believe or experienced first-hand in earlier years, often internalized…