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Canada: How Long Can We Irritate Our Friends?

Canada is the US’s largest trading partner, largest supplier of energy and most loyal ally in war and peace, but it appears that the long nurtured special relationship is not so special after all. Has the US been neglecting this partnership and instead irritating Canada and taking the partnership for granted? Is this relationship and partnership especially important to Michigan economy? Are there important decisions that need to be made now? What is the “Right Thing to do?”

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Road Trip Tips from Meijer Dietitians

It’s vacation season; time to gather your family, pack up the car and hit the road to your vacation destination! Stocking up at Meijer beforehand is an excellent way to spend less and ensure a healthy intake of fruits and veggies while on the road. Stop in your Meijer store this Saturday, July 12 from 11:00am to 4:00 pm for the “Taste of Meijer: Summer Camping and Road Trips Event” for great tips and ideas to make your family vacation a huge success.

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Abuse of Executive Power: When Is Enough, Enough?

Some have charged that President Obama has overstepped his constitutional authority 76 times, ranging from immigration, health care, banking, welfare, education, drug policy and more. He has done this through a series of executive orders. He has now asked all of the government departments and agencies to provide a list of additional executive orders. Has the President abused executive power or is he accomplishing what Congress is unable or unwilling to do? Is the President correct in describing the Congress as do-nothing, saying he won’t apologize for taking executive actions without Congress and daring the Republicans to “sue me.” What is the “Right Thing to do?” Should Congress sue the President in light of the recent Supreme Court decisions?

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The Perfect Burger

Burgers are “hot” this grilling season and a few simple steps can make the difference between juicy, flavorful burgers and hockey pucks on a bun! Top off your burgers with fresh toppings for the ultimate burger experience. Here’s how to grill the perfect burger…

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A Debt Concern Switch

We did a show a month or so ago about the concern regarding the increasing cost to taxpayers for student loan defaults. President Obama was concerned that it was becoming a billion dollar problem–and a cost that was not included in the budget. It is amazing how in a matter of weeks that concern has faded and now the concern is that students may be saddled with so much debt that they may not be able to have a life student loan debt free. Last week we discussed the problem of the lost generation of those people just entering their thirties and the economic problems they face. One of the major issues was student debt. President Obama has now announced, yes another executive order, the expansion of his Pay as You Earn program. Is an expansion of the student debt forgiveness program the “Right Thing to do?”

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The Lost Generation

The financial crisis and recession exacted a heavy toll on the generation of Americans now entering their 30s. They face difficult job prospects, little or no income growth and historically unprecedented level of student loans. What are the causes of these problems and the implications for the economy? Is there a solution and “What is the Right Thing to do?” Let’s look at some issues…

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Grilling Supper Clubs

Get a new perspective on grilling. We love entertaining and getting together with friends, but we want to do it with less fuss. Whether you call them potlucks, progressive dinners or supper clubs these gatherings are becoming more and more popular for friendly gatherings.

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Produce for Kids

Tina Miller, MS RD Meijer Healthy Living Advisor, www.meijerhealthyliving.com   This spring, Meijer will once again host the Get Healthy, Give Hope Produce for Kids campaign in all stores May 25 – June 21. During campaign time, 100% of funds raised will benefit local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.   Over the past eleven years, Meijer [...]

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Celebrating Mediterranean Diet Month

Tina Miller 2011Dietitians and other health professionals agree that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest ways to eat. It’s not a diet that “you go on”, but rather a lifestyle and eating pattern that becomes a permanent way of life. The Mediterranean diet is rich in foods that are plentiful in the Mediterranean region and consists mostly of plant foods—vegetables, fruit, grains (whole grains), nuts/seeds, and healthy fats including olive oil. Frequently eating fish and seafood is encouraged along with other lean protein foods such as beans, legumes and poultry eaten frequently. Red meat and sweets are eaten less frequently. Wine, in moderation, is encouraged in the Mediterranean way of eating.

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When You Can’t Legislate, Regulate

The economy continues to limp along, with estimates for GDP growth for the first quarter between 1% and 1 1/2%. There are may explanations for the slow growth, including the impact of regulation on the cost of doing business. In fact, you could say that there is one part of the US economy that is booming—federal regulation. Are we being regulated more because there seems to be an inability to pass laws to improve the economy? Are the regulations a positive step to improve economic prospects? Is this the “Right Thing to do?”

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