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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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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When in doubt, ask: A wonderful wedding may await in Hammond Bay

The ceremony was in peril until the father and mother of the groom Hail Mary’d a spectacular Plan B on an underutilized public harbor lawn.

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An evolving world needs lawyers ready to deal with change in all forms

One Michigan lawyer says it’s time to overhaul the ‘Paper Chase’ model of legal education and prepare for the issues of a rapidly evolving world.

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One main street, many bars, and a stubborn U.P. problem

Alcohol – and, increasingly, drugs – are deeply ingrained in over-the-bridge culture. And like everywhere, they are behind the area’s crime statistics.

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Elections should be about ideas, but they’re mostly about ads

Big contests increasingly benefit one cohort: Broadcasters, ad agencies and consultants who profit from the seemingly unceasing barrage of campaign ads. Discuss issues? Who wants to do that?

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Clearing the air on Brunch columnists

Greg McNeilly’s writing wasn’t rejected at the bidding of “big government.” It just wasn’t a good fit for Bridge’s Sunday commentary feature.

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Shuttle diplomacy – to the U.P. – for two Michigan ambassadors

Not to be too Dorothy Gale about it, but sometimes, Toto? There’s no place like home. Especially when this state is home.

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A little respect – and attention – for the non-traditional collegian

Not all students on college campuses fit the typical mold of young and full-time. The older, working, married, child-rearing scholars are a growing demographic.

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To a voter with principles, sometimes voting is the right thing to (not) do

Make all the jokes about “none of the above” you want, but if you really hold your beliefs true, it’s difficult to make some choices in the voting booth.

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Detroit’s tapestry includes many threads, and these are one family’s

Do you know a Detroiter who can’t stop talking about race? There may be a good reason you can’t even comprehend happening to your own family.

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In a place they’re dying to get into, a look at our living communities

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.

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There’s more to conservatism than genuflecting before ‘free markets’

For such a religious place, West Michigan could stand to turn its eyes away from the cash register from time to time.

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A helping hand with a business card might beat a handout for some

Lots of us struggle with how to respond to people who panhandle on street corners. This Volunteers of America of Michigan executive has his own idea.

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Who do you trust with your drinking water? The free market, or government?

We are too big, too busy and too consumptive to trust an unfettered marketplace to protect vital resources like water. Ask any Toledoan.

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