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Driving Dirty

The state enacted no fault insurance in 1972, seen at that time to lower the cost of automobile insurance for Michigan residents. Part of the reform legislation included Personal Injury Protection which provides someone injured in a crash lifetime care. What has been the result of the reform–lower automobile insurance costs in Michigan? For years, […]

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Should We Export Oil?

The US has long pushed for liberalized trade and the recent effort in Congress to provide President Obama with fast track trade authority is one more effort to do so. But what about oil? US produced crude oil is a big exception. Since the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo Congress banned oil exports in almost all […]

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Yes, Do Start Your Day with Breakfast

This week several news reports stated that nutrition experts were wrong—breakfast is not the most important meal of the day. But, don’t believe everything you hear. While a recent study suggests that breakfast may not promote weight loss, dozens of studies demonstrate positive benefits…

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Get Ready for Back to School

Are you tired of the same old sandwich? Try different spreads or bread options to create a new twist on an old lunch favorite.

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Social Security Disability, the U.S. and Michigan

The Social Security Disability fund will run dry in 2016. What has caused this upcoming shortfall? Are there potential solutions? What about Michigan? What are the implications of the looming shortfall for the State? What is the “Right Thing to do” to address this major problem?

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Everything Zucchini

It’s peak season for zucchini and summer squash and you may be wondering what to do with this delicious summer squash. Can you freeze it? How long will it keep?

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How Is Our Government Health Care System Working?

Medicare costs US taxpayers about $600 billion a year. Obamacare costs billions more. Does the Department of Health and Human Services have sufficient controls and systems in place to run these programs? Is it time to demand better accountability and potentially deal with problems with these entitlements? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Meal Math

Okay, if you’re a math geek you will love this! If not, just know that eating one less meal away from home as a family can save you a lot of your hard earned cash. Don’t forget to share some of that cash with those less fortunate by participating in Meijer’s Simply Give program.

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Should Unpaid Internships Be Paid?

Internships for college students have been viewed as an excellent opportunity to receive practical work experience, provide the potential for a full-time job after graduation, the possibility of a part-time job while completing their education and to make connections and contacts for future benefits. A recent controversy and 2 court cases have focused on whether […]

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The State of Your Plate

If you could eat one food group that makes you thinner, reduces your risk for heart disease, stroke and some cancers, and makes you feel vital and energized, would you? Well, you can – but according to the CDC we just aren’t. The most recent CDC analysis of fruit and vegetable consumption shows that Americans […]

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