Brunch with Bridge

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Every Sunday, you'll find in this space one or more guest columns by interesting Michigan residents with something interesting to say about life in our state. We hope you'll find it a place to stop by regularly, read, and comment.

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Kid, load the dishwasher and build a little character while you’re at it

The common household chore, i.e., a job done by a complaining juvenile, appears to be an endangered species. Why is that?

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Is it time to leave filling judicial openings to the experts?

Nothing personal, but the best people to select judges may not be the voting public. Could an appointment system work better?

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Power outage was Lansing’s unwelcome Christmas gift, but a gift just the same

It drove people from their homes, stressed the whole city and fouled up the celebration, but at the end, going nine days without electricity was a blessing after all. (Sorta.)

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Under its blanket of snow, Michigan’s most Christmas-perfect region makes memories

The Upper Peninsula in winter looks like a Currier and Ives print. And what’s for dinner on the big day? How about some venison?

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Before the lame duck is carved, a few words for the room

My fellow lawmakers, my honored guests, my staff and family and sergeant at arms: Before I go back to my district, there are some things I’d like to put in the record…

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Traffic-jam thoughts on the road to incivility

There’s nothing like a powerful steel chariot to make a person feel strong, free — and rude.

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No debates? As long as candidates get a vote, get used to it

Debates, town halls and other election-season events are undeniably good for voters – and the media. But candidates see little upside, and lately are deciding not to participate.

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Detroit’s blank canvas offers a chance to talk about…sorry about that

From clichés to spur-of-the-moment renaming of the city’s neighborhoods, a native Detroiter has a few bones to pick with you guys.

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This west Michigan conservative pulls the lever for voter participation

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.

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Zero-tolerance policy abuse cuts like a knife – and slashes young lives

It’s one of those things that sounds good on paper: Caught with a weapon? Automatic expulsion. But no one ever went on a rampage with a Swiss Army knife.

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Why did this conservative stay home on Election Day?

In the Republican landslide this week, a West Michigan resident looks at the deep-red landscape and wonders why he can’t get enthusiastic about any of it.

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Political money flourishes in the dark – and the sun set with Citizens United

Four years after Citizens United, it looks like this game-changing court case is here to stay – along with the out-of-state millionaires whose money is shaping Michigan’s policy.

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You can take the boy out of the U.P., and this one went into showbiz

Actor Stephen Wiig talked his way from Negaunee into Metallica’s road crew, and from there he hasn’t really looked back.

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If you #lovelansing – or any community or charity – consider Giving Tuesday

When you’re doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget the charities that need tending, especially at this time of year. Giving Tuesday, after Thanksgiving, is the newly designated day.

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Confessions of a RINO, and no, he’s not a bit sorry

Say it loud: He’s sane and he’s proud. At least, this outgoing GOP county chairman is unwilling to align himself with the fringes of his own party, and he suspects there are others out there, too.

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Young people? Blow up the political system, for your own good

Grandparents vote, and politicians know it. That’s why older people get far more attention from policy-makers. Younger ones would be wise to remember this.

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As we watch ‘new Detroit’ set up shop, let’s not forget the good old one

It’s not just farm-to-table restaurants and co-working spaces that make the city what it is. “New” may be code for “white” and “old” for “black,” but they’re all part of the mix.

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Could Michigan provide a third way for young ‘radicals?’

Today’s religious conservative is not the one you might remember from the televangelism days. Therein lies an opportunity for our state.

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