13 February 2015 • 14 comments
If “freedom isn’t free,” as they say, one payment may be to remember that “promote the general welfare” part of the Constitution.
14 November 2014 • 7 comments
Is the system so broken that a principled Catholic conservative can’t be a part of it? This one takes issue with a previous Brunch columnist, and says no.
10 October 2014 • 5 comments
Today’s religious conservative is not the one you might remember from the televangelism days. Therein lies an opportunity for our state.
5 September 2014 • 3 comments
Cemeteries used to be places one feared to enter. Now they’re a bad business risk. The journey along the way tells us a lot about ourselves, a Grand Rapids author says.
25 July 2014 • 8 comments
A national travel guide spills the beans on its top 10 travel guides, and guess which state made No. 1? A native makes some trip suggestions.
13 June 2014 • 4 comments
A Grand Rapids exhibit of 20th century design born in Michigan shows a way for the state to reclaim its mojo, via art married to commerce.
2 May 2014
Will ‘makerspaces’ breathe new life into Michigan manufacturing? It’s certainly an idea worth messing around with. Got a screwdriver?
28 March 2014 • 9 comments
We try to support our local communities however we can, but does that extend to sending children to sub-par schools? Even if they’re the ones who would improve it?
21 February 2014 • 6 comments
Even in this snowy winter, there’s one place where the drifts are always higher. Our West Michigan Bruncher puts away his shovel long enough to send us a dispatch from Grand Rapids.
17 January 2014 • 3 comments
I’m sitting at home sipping my locally brewed Founders Backwoods Bastard – the best beer I’ve ever had. I’ve just finished eating a dinner made with locally pastured beef and some of that ubiquitous kale – locally grown, of course. (Did kale […]
29 November 2013 • 10 comments
I chafe when the label “conservative” is applied to me. I am not embarrassed to be called a conservative or associated with its ideas. Rather, I think it reduces who I am to a political category and fails to account for what […]
25 October 2013 • 4 comments
Next week brings Halloween, generally seen only from a secular perspective. But for Christians, Halloween is also the Vigil of the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1), followed by the Feast of All Souls on Nov. 2. The former remembers and commemorates […]
20 September 2013 • 7 comments
Just over a year ago, my wife and I moved our family back to Grand Rapids after nearly a decade on the East Coast (most of that time in Washington D.C.). Our move home was unexpected. Though we still considered ourselves Michiganders, […]
9 August 2013 • 12 comments
This spring, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced plans to build a Supercenter east of the towns of Whitehall and Montague, just north of Muskegon. This would be the third Walmart within approximately 25 miles of Whitehall-Montague. As Walmart’s plans often do, […]
22 June 2013 • 2 comments
Rep. Sean McCann, D-Kalamazoo, has proposed legislation that would establish an independent, nonpartisan commission consisting of “regular citizens” to “create legislative district maps that are competitive, geographically compact and contiguous.” McCann contends his bill would “prohibit creating districts that protect incumbents.” More […]
19 May 2013 • 4 comments
I recently had the pleasure of attending a performance of the musical “Annie Jr.” at my daughter’s school. It is a happy memory that will stay with me forever. I am not so sure if the gentleman two rows ahead of me […]
13 April 2013 • 3 comments
Michiganders lament the brain drain that sees some of our best and brightest young people fleeing the state for supposedly bigger and better things on the coasts and in major cities. I was one of those young people (though I am dubious […]