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

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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For such a beautiful part of Michigan, the U.P. isn’t ready for its close-up

Why do so many films made in the state shoot in the southern regions? People, equipment and inadequate promotion.

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A chill at the half-century mark prompts a new focus on life

Growing older brings its share of sorrows, but also a renewed appreciation of friends old and new. So raise a glass; your time’s not past.

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Six paths to a freer Michigan

Everybody loves a list. Are these a half dozen ways to make a better Michigan? Our contributor thinks so.

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In praise of place: A small town isn’t a backwater, and Holland is a marvel

Where did you grow up? It may be a bubble, but it’s a Grover’s Corners, too, full of lives worthy of respect and attention.

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A toast to those with the courage to say ‘vote for me’

It’s easy to get cynical about elections, but if some people didn’t bother to file and get out there with the handshakes, we wouldn’t have much of a system.

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Anti-panhandling ordinances should offend our moral conscience

Beggars are unsightly and discomfiting, but we’re called to help them, not shove them out of sight and out of mind.

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How about a cease-fire for Michigan pyrotechnics?

Three years of relaxed fireworks restrictions have sowed bad blood between neighbors, terrorized pets and set city leaders fuming. Is freedom worth it?

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Visit a few gems on the sunset side before summer sets

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.

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A law for what should go without saying: Don’t leave kids in cars

Why is it so hard for some parents to learn that a parked car is not a short-term daycare center?

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An election cycle conjures the ghost of Curly Howard

So-called “dark money” is pouring into Michigan’s elections, effectively nationalizing the state’s most important contests.

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When we all sat on one blanket, in U.P. summer celebrations of yore

Today, fireworks and patriotism are complicated things for many. Then, they were part and parcel of the best day of summer.

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Readers deserved more transparency in lengthy charter-school indictment

The Detroit Free Press spent thousands of words criticizing the Michigan charter-school community. Some of them were wrong.

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Lansing’s next generation of doers has things well in hand, er, paws

No need to fret over who will carry the torch for Michigan’s capital city when its current boosters are exhausted. The farm team is already stepping up.

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Stacking rocks or dollars? A run around Mackinac stirs thoughts of both

Ask people why they run and you’ll get a lot of answers. On this particular day, it was those beach cairns on Mackinac Island.

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Three cheers for the red, white and blue – or maybe just the hometown

It’s patriotism season. A few thoughts on how this seemingly simple emotion is far more complex than we might think.

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