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.

Archived columns

As some take aim at school choice, Legislature is unlikely to agree

Proposal A opened a wealth of choices for parents and students, but some see the ensuing marketplace as too fragmented to serve students well.

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Step by step, bit by Fitbit, self-improvement becomes a losing game

Some people can turn anything into a contest – even a friendly competition to improve one’s health. Running in place at the stove, anyone?

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He’s had more than three strikes, and it’s time for Agema to go

Michigan’s Republican National Committeeman has disgraced himself, and his party, with a series of bigoted, hateful posts on his social-media pulpit.

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When does freeway construction put us on a road to nowhere?

In Detroit, they paved Paradise Valley, and put up I-375. The people who lived in the way? Collateral damage, as always. Why can’t we consider the human cost of coddling the car?

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Downtown crowds rinsed of all color? That’s not Pure Michigan

We can understand out-of-town media outlets for excluding people of color from their depictions of Michigan city life, but not our very own tourism campaign.

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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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