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Health care conflicts

March 22, 2014 Throw stones at Obamacare, if you like. Its good intentions can’t excuse false promises and sloppy implementation. But if we’re going to trumpet the bad, we might also weigh it against the good. more »»

A shortage of teachers

February 3, 2014 Sixty-five. This is the number of teaching areas currently on the critical shortage list in Michigan. more »»

Just saying whatever

July 12, 2013 It was the lie of the year. Near the end of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of helping Chrysler send American jobs to Chin. more »»

A love of words

May 1, 2013 Keta Steebs wrote to the end. She died at home Friday, two days after her 88th birthday, and shortly after finishing her last weekly column. more »»

Banking on leniency

March 7, 2013 Is it fair to call them gangster bankers? Sometimes, yes, although a gangster by definition runs the risk of prison. These days, in the eyes of the U.S. more »»

Compass of life

October 31, 2012 By DAN PAUL For The Daily News This is the last of my trilogy of articles focusing on our grandparents, parents, and now us. more »»

Personal property tax repeal

May 28, 2012 The debate over the repeal of the state Personal Property Tax (PPT) has been going on for some months now. How taxes work is often murky and complicated. more »»

The drones formula

May 23, 2012 Drones are complicated. There’s a marvelous science behind these killing machines, but that may be their simplest aspect. more »»

Rakoff and the Roundtable

April 6, 2012 It’s been more than 70 years since Woody Guthrie introduced the famous line, “Yes, as through this world I’ve wandered I’ve seen lots of funny men; Some will rob you with a six-gun, and some with a... more »»

First family’s vacations

March 9, 2012 Michelle Obama’s ski trip with her daughters to Aspen, Colo., marked the 16th time members of the first family went on vacation during their three years in office, the Washington Examiner reported. more »»

Power of the 1 percent

October 29, 2011 And good day to you, 99 percenter. (This is the newspaper with bingo. We know our demographic. more »»

Zucchini, anyone ...

August 29, 2011 From the moment the piece of mail arrived, I knew it was a godsend. It was unsigned, but the address was certain. A photograph of a tremendous, aging tree told the res. more »»

Fearing for my safety

June 15, 2011 Sometimes I think back to all of the places I’ve lived and the adventures and follies that came from it. more »»

That one crazy pest

May 24, 2011 Everyone has a story from their college housing days; there was that one roommate, or that one time, or that one crazy pest. more »»

Surtax on millionaires

March 29, 2011 What’s the difference between “class warfare” and “shared sacrifice”? It’s a powerful question. more »»

Bad names for bands

March 11, 2011 Sometimes I try to think up awful names for bands. It’s harder, I’m convinced, to come up with bad names than good ones. more »»

Paulding Light mystery

January 14, 2011 I remember the first time I heard about the Paulding Light. more »»

It’s about having family

December 28, 2010 Christmas around my house has been known to get kind of crazy. Sometimes I can visualize my Christmases as a sitcom or a Chevy Chase movie. more »»

Lots of pictures

November 23, 2010 My digital camera broke. This might not seem like a huge deal for most, but for me, it’s devastating. My camera has become an attachment to me. Growing up, my mom and I were always “crafty. more »»

Halt unfunded mandates

November 22, 2010 By now it is a troubling but all-to-familiar picture: The sour Michigan economy continues to force school districts across the state to hand out pink slips to caring teachers, to increase class... more »»

The splendor of gaming

November 16, 2010 I still reminisce in the days spent hunched over an old Sega Genesis, furiously button-mashing against an opponent in Mortal Kombat or raging in result of a frustrating level in Sonic the Hedgehog . more »»



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Equal every which way

April 16, 2014 I haven’t read the short story “Harrison Bergeron” in 30 years or so, but a single line has been in my memory so long I decided to revisit it. When you reach the line, you’ll understand. more »

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