As a life-long resident of Grand Haven, the bulky smokestacks on Harbor Island always rubbed me the wrong way. Growing up, I often cursed the power plant and its seemingly endless stream of smoke for cloudy firework displays and hazy sunsets (regardless of whether or not it happened to more …
In a likely warmup for his coming pardon of Roger Stone, a president who howls about law and order while flagrantly flouting both has just wiped away former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernie Kerik’s federal corruption conviction and freed former Illinois governor and epically un…
Former state Sen. Arlan Meekhof was in the news last week – his West Michigan Community Preservation Fund causing controversy once again. It’s basically a smaller-scale, Michigan version of the Clinton Foundation, but with even less transparency.
Since Virginia voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in January, there’s been lots of speculative talk about the future of the long-stalled constitutional amendment. The House voted last week to remove the deadline for ratification (which came and went decades ago), and the technical qu…
In her response to the State of the Union address earlier this month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used a favorite catchphrase of Democrats when she said “no one is above the law.” While she was referring to President Donald Trump, Whitmer should take her own words to heart.
Local and state media have reported that cyber scammers are pilfering residents’ identities and using the theft to steal income tax returns. It’s happened in recent years all across Michigan.
Remember back in the day when you knew what size you took? You know, when a small was actually a small and a medium was somewhere between a small and a large, and jeans had standard numbers assigned to them that made sense and stayed consistent? What the heck happened?
Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart wrote an op-ed about what “Trump and DeVos” are “doing” to some public schools which will make them “suffer … even more.” It badly misses the mark, has a lot of factual errors, and by not putting things in proper context, gets a lot of t…
I recently interviewed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who claimed the president’s proposed $4.8 trillion budget includes “a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds ... and let (state…
The modern three-color traffic light was invented 100 years ago. The inventor was a Michigander named William Potts. History does not reveal whether another traffic phenomenon, the pot hole, was named after Mr. Potts, as well. If it was his idea, no doubt he distanced himself from it the sam…
The political and philosophical divides that the election of President Trump exposed often play out as a fight for the soul - and the meaning - of the country.
I read an article the other day that talked about interruptions. It was very timely for me because I had just had my day’s agenda interrupted by someone who needed to see me. It couldn’t wait – that was evident by the tone of his voice.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer campaigned on a pledge to “fix the damn roads.” And after her first year in office – marked by opposition and inaction from the Legislature – she took matters into her own hands during last month’s State of the State.
If Benjamin Franklin has taught us anything, there are two sure things in life: death and taxes. As tax season kicks into full gear, it’s a good time to also start planning for the inevitable.
It ended quietly and mostly as expected last Wednesday, with a decisive vote in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate that chose not to call witnesses or consider new evidence in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
Michigan House Republicans, especially House Speaker Lee Chatfield, want to spend more on road repair without raising taxes. And to do this, they want to direct the sales tax that gets levied on fuel to road repair.
If you want to know the true state of our American union, you didn’t have to listen to all of President Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday night.
Now that the Iowa caucuses have crashed, we’ll say what everyone following this year’s presidential contest is likely thinking: If so goes Iowa, so goes the nation, then God help us.
There’s no shortage of mordant fun to be had at the expense of the Democratic National Committee and Iowa Democratic Party after the fiasco of the inaugural 2020 presidential contest, which has yet to yield definitive results apparently as a result of coding errors in a tabulation app create…
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl this year. There are several reasons for that, but the two big ones are the commercials and the halftime show.
Michigan revenue estimators believe that the state treasury will end the fiscal year with around $900 million left in the bank. Lawmakers are going to talk about what to do with some of this surplus, and other topics, as they start to budget for the next year.
Less than half of the tour buses on the nation’s highways have seat and shoulder belts, safety equipment the National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending for the past 50 years.
Since they don’t enunciate, we can’t say for sure, but probably there isn’t a dog, cat or any other nonhuman vertebrate that would freely board an airplane if it understood the implications. Even the number of humans who enjoy air travel has dwindled after years of heightened security and di…
Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and PLO leader Yasser Arafat met at Camp David where Barak offered almost all of what Arafat asked for in exchange for making peace with the Jewish state. Arafat rejected the offer.
Do you agree with the decision last week by county commissioners to continue allowing agencies to settle refugees in Ottawa County? Tell us what you think at grandhaventribune.com.
Jury duty is one of the unique rights and obligations of citizenship. The Constitution’s Sixth Amendment guarantees a criminal defendant the right to “a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.” The Seventh Amendment guarantees that the right to trial by jury in many civil cases.
The news of Kobe Bryant’s death flashed early Sunday afternoon and immediately emptied the day. Bryant was a professional basketball superstar among superstars –an inspiration to people of all ages, an ambassador for the game and for his Los Angeles community.