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“Mistakes are, after all, the foundations of truth, and if a man does not know what a thing is, it is at least an increase in knowledge if he knows what it is not” – Carl Jung, Swiss psychologist. * Ice in […]

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“They used to say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but I now know that they mean money” – Lord Byron, 19th century English poet. * The first charter-school program got legislative authorization in Minnesota 20 years ago. Its […]

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“Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial” – Sophocles, ancient Greek playwright. * The Michigan Legislature considered a move into the private prison business this spring, with a proposal to shift prisoners […]

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“We don’t know all the answers. If we knew all the answers we’d be bored, wouldn’t we? We keep looking, searching, trying to get more knowledge” – pioneering TV workout guru Jack LaLanne. * This list has a bunch of conventional-myth-challenging stuff, but […]

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“Knowledge conquered by labor becomes a possession – a property entirely our own” – Samuel Smiles, 19th century British author. * Education Trust-Midwest advises that parents in many Michigan communities are going to be surprised, and dismayed, at new calculations on how […]

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“Poverty and lack of knowledge must be challenged” – Russell Simmons, American music entrepreneur and philanthropist. * This New Yorker piece lays out a case for having national chains take over American health care, thereby ensuring consistent quality. Marianne Udow-Phillips of the […]

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” – St. Augustine (Born 354, died 430). * Is this good or is this bad? The House Fiscal Agency found that since the state has scaled back on […]

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“I find that a great part of the information I have, was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way” – Franklin P. Adams, radio commentator. * A new report from the Michigan Agri-Business Association talks up the potential […]

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“Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. * There’s less than a week until Election Day. And, yes, Michiganians, the ballot is a bit long. It would be […]

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Water expert says conservation is in Michigan’s future

The Great Lakes could reach record low water levels next year. With the state’s defining natural features dropping after a hot, dry summer, Bridge asked Alan Steinman, president of the Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University and a leader […]

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* “Today, the average substation transformer in the U.S. is 42 years old — two years older than its expected life span. A recent Department of Energy report warned that 70 percent of the largest high-voltage power transformers — each weighing up to […]

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* Michigan is No. 15 among the states for its reliance on coal to produce electricity, according to these figures. While Michigan voters rejected a constitutional amendment to mandate a greater use of renewable energy sources for electric power, the trend is […]

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Life isn’t like it used to be, and that’s a bad thing

Like many other dogs, my black lab, HomeTown, has a bed in the back hallway. It used to be his preferred snoozing place. No longer. Several weeks ago, he chewed a big hole in the bed cover, and we sewed a piece […]

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* Michigan State University professor David Arsen whips out the v-word in an open letter to Gov. Rick Snyder about his school ideas: “The Oxford funding proposal and HB 5923 represent a truly dramatic strategy to shift the provision of Michigan’s educational services […]

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* Michigan electric generators are on track to reach the 10 percent renewable energy standard set forth in state law, says the Public Service Commission. And under provisions of that law, Michigan will have established a floor of no less than 10 […]

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Nervously watching Michigan’s beach expansions

The joke among the people who share the Lake Huron cove on which our summer home sits is that the township may soon try to tax us on the extra land we’ve all been acquiring in recent years. This is not property […]

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In Michigan, we celebrate – and ignore – nature’s rhythms of change

Our family tradition every summer is a special week amongst the magnificent dunes along Lake Michigan. The first thing we do when we arrive is run down to the lakeshore to the outlet where Lower Lake Herring connects to Lake Michigan, to […]

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*Home prices are rising across the country again – even in Detroit. The city saw an 18.5 percent increase over the last year in home prices, tracking nicely with the recoveries seen in other epicenters of the housing crash: Las Vegas, 20.6 […]

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