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Chicago notched a win for an endangered species this summer as Great Lakes piping plovers Monty and Rose nested at Montrose Beach and successfully launched two offspring, with the help of many watchful volunteers and one canceled music festival. Elsewhere, news was dire for struggling specie…

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President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism.

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Community is critical. Perhaps I didn’t realize just how much that was the case until we stepped back into Spring Lake, Michigan, in the beginning of July after our six-month life in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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Michigan State University welcomed its new chief executive, Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr., last week. He’ll be the newest in a long line of leaders who’ve helped to elevate MSU from its agricultural roots as one of the nation’s first land-grant universities into one of the world’s top research inst…

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"Consequences" is a buzzword in many parenting manuals of our modern age. Letting a child experience the natural consequences of say, forgetting their gym shoes by sitting out of gym rather than the parent bringing the shoes to school, is a good lesson in responsibility, independence and anticipating consequences of their actions.

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It’s a predominantly African-American city with a history of poverty, violent crime and racial tension, and it’s represented by a first-term congresswoman of color who celebrated her swearing-in by pledging “to impeach the mother(expletive)” in the White House.

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Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Michigan since December of last year, and medical use has been legal since 2017. The past should be reconciled with the present. The records of people who are still suffering undue punishment for minor marijuana offenses should be expunged.

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Take a camera and suspend it a few thousand feet over a section of river. Watch it wind and shimmer. Any section of any healthy river will do. Each river, while different in specifics, will always mirror a snake’s curving.

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There is little doubt that the bridge over Smith’s Bayou in Ferrysburg is no longer usable for vehicle traffic, but what will happen now?

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We’re slinging a lot of mud lately, friends. Social media posts about errant neighborhood cats turn into shouting matches where we call our neighbors lazy and accuse them of not caring about said cats. We’re commenting anonymously on articles about a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta coming to our fair city and saying a festival like this “craps on” the veterans war memorial — on purpose! There are Hispanic vets, too.

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A while ago, I was reading in the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament and I came upon an amazing little verse. It was Proverbs 12:25, and it goes like this: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”

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The will of the people is one of the most crucial tenets in American democracy, but apparently to many politicians in Michigan, and perhaps elsewhere, power and control seem to be more important concepts.

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While channel-surfing recently, I came across a TV program that caught my attention. The Military Channel was showing an episode about the sinking of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet during World War II, as part of its “Hero Ships” series.

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Detroit police have been using facial recognition software for more than a year under standard operating guidelines, but without a formal policy approved by the Board of Police Commissioners. That's not OK.

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I am not a fan of President Trump. I find his character disgusting, especially his cheating on all three wives. I find his denial of climate change frightening. His racism and treatment of immigrant children are very disturbing. His deficits are adding to the national debt, leaving our children to pick up the tab. All his golfing trips to his resorts are charged to the public tab. His denouncements of the press as “fake news” and “the enemy of the people” are dangerous to our republic.

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Recently, I preached a sermon on Psalm 121. It happens to be one of my favorite psalms. Maybe you’ve heard it. It begins like this: “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.”

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You’ll have to forgive me if this piece is a little rougher than the others, but I wanted to wait to the last possible moment to write it before landing back in the United States. Therefore, I’m making my final edits on the plane with my daughter sleeping on my shoulder.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer presented a $60.2 billion budget to the Legislature last month that includes a 45-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax, which is projected to raise $2.5 billion a year for road repairs, so reported Kathleen Gray for the Detroit Free Press’ Lansing bureau.

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“I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics. There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?” — Mr. McGuire giving advice to the new college graduate (Dustin Hoffman) in the movie “The Graduate” (1967).

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It's a little hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is here. It feels like we were just shoveling snow away from our front doors and preheating our cars in the morning, and now we are officially less than six months away from Christmas Day.

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Tomorrow, people across our country will gather to celebrate Independence Day. Or, as my step-father who lives in England calls it, Treason Day.

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Not too many weeks ago, I reunified a little girl with her sponsor. I knelt down and held that child. I said goodbye and walked quickly away. I left the airport by a door I knew they wouldn’t use, found myself a bench that was hot from the sun, I sat down and cried.

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With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of tourists to the Tri-Cities, which has long been known as a favorite vacation spot. The discovery of mineral springs in Grand Haven and Spring Lake in 1870 made the Tri-Cities a popular destination for those looking to experience the tranquility of not only the mineral waters, but the calming waters of Lake Michigan.

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As lifelong Michiganders, we have dedicated ourselves to serving the people, families and communities of Michigan. As faith leaders, we believe that all people, regardless of who they are or where they come from, should be treated as children of God.

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This week marks the first anniversary of the deadliest assault against journalists in U.S. history. On June 28, 2018, a gunman opened fire at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five and injuring two.

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With only four licensed marijuana testing facilities across Michigan, and licensed dispensaries running low on product, medical marijuana patients are struggling to access items they rely on to reduce pain and other symptoms. As the state seeks to streamline its marijuana operations, this shortfall demands attention.