Reaching out to returning veterans

A year ago I wrote on the subject of honoring veterans' employment rights and I reflected on the combat deaths of Cpl. Paul Miller, Sgt. Jason Calo, Sgt. Dillion Fox and Sgt. Matthew West, all northern Michigan soldiers killed in our Iraq and Afghanistan wars....

To Our Newly Seated Public Servants

Congratulations! Now that the election is over, the honor soon will be over as well, and the responsibility of office will take hold. Though I've never held an elected public office, I have held an appointed federal office. I make that disclosure simply to...

Discrimination is a Bad Business Model

Having lived through the '50s and '60s, I can reflect back to the civil rights lunch counter sit-ins - the most memorable taking place at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.The struggle of the Greensboro Four - the four black students who sat...

Biking Means Big Money: Let’s pave the trail

Across northwest Michigan, tourism generated from bicyclists continues to grow and flourish, especially in the communities that have an awareness of the potential economic benefits gained from proper infrastructure and social acceptance. Some examples? To our south: the Betsie Valley Trail between Beulah and...

Ban the Bottle

Traverse City remains one of Michigan's environmental shining lights - and deservedly so. From our surrounding inland lakes to our pristine rivers to the shores of our bays and Lake Michigan, we stand tall in their protection.Unfortunately, we do it while wading through the endless...

Plan for Traverse City

First, a conflict disclosure: the Mayor of Traverse City, Chris Bzdok, is a lawyer with whom I am honored to practice law. To give that fact perspective, his father, Mike, and I went to high school together 45 years ago on the east side...