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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By the shores of Gitche Gumee, another writer finds inspiration

Ellen Airgood is one recent Upper Peninsula novelist whose work has traveled beyond the state. But she still hasn’t quit her day job.

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Bug juice, canoes, lanyards, s’mores and summers that change lives

Summer camp isn’t just two weeks away from the city. It’s a time for children to learn new things, and learn about themselves.

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Once vilified, Coleman Young deserves reconsideration

Time has put the former Detroit mayor’s reputation in perspective, 20 years after he left office, and sooner, if you were ever stopped by a STRESS unit.

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Will ‘Holland, Michigan’ be fed into the ‘Fargo’ wood chipper?

This local isn’t popping popcorn for a movie set in west Michigan, given how other towns have fared at the hands of Hollywood.

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Fratricide at Fort Hood brings veteran mental health back to forefront

Soldiers so often suffer far after their deployments end. Congress and the president are in rare agreement that more money is needed for veterans’ mental health services.

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Foundations open wallets to improve Detroit’s fortunes

The Kresge and Stillman foundations are investing in neighborhoods and education, in a city that badly needs help with both.

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Children are too precious to be pawns, even to serve a noble cause

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?

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Michigan arts economy is more than a tip jar, but it can be even bigger

A little respect, please — creative entrepreneurs are an important part of the state’s economy. Couldn’t they use a little cultivation?

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For Michigan shore-dwellers, life’s a beach, and that’s the problem

This land is your land, this land is my land, but if you think you’re holding your bonfire in front of my cottage? We might have a problem.

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Reset the new year, and take a walk outside

You’re probably already failed at whatever you resolved on New Year’s Eve. So why not give yourself a break and try again on Earth Day?

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For U.P. residents, some health data to provoke chest pains

Does the Upper Peninsula have abysmal health statistics because of geography, behavior, poverty or something else? Likely all of the above.

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It’s harder to be a fan ‘away,’ so make everyone feel at home

As the Big Ten grows, sports fans may want to hit the road. A little empathy goes a long way, whether at the Breslin Center or as a another team’s visitor.

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Duggan’s Detroit mayoralty: The start of something big, or just a start?

The stakes could hardly be higher, and the job any harder, for new Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. He’s saying the right things, but the future is still cloudy.

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Even fire services should withstand budget review, but good luck with that

Heroes or sacred cows? Police and firefighters do important jobs, but their mythology can make it difficult to be realistic about their costs and benefits.

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Detroit’s comeback can’t work if most are left behind

Detroit can’t prosper if the jobs coming with its current recovery are only for the well-educated few. Excellent public schools must be part of the solution.

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When the call comes, these Michigan volunteers will be ready

What can draw 100 people into the frozen northern Michigan woods for three days of classroom and outdoor survival training? Nothing but the warmth in their own hearts.

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Buried, with boots on: Notes from Michigan’s snowy west

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.

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A part-time legislature would create more full-time problems

Hey, voters: If you want someone to do an important job better, do you cut their hours and hope for the best? Then why would it work for the Legislature?

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