Columns

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Things servers say to drive me crazy

One of the lesser known events of 2016 was the growth of a secret cult that trains all restaurant servers. I have noticed that no matter the restaurant, plain or fancy, urban or rural, they all utter the same two phrases: Upon greeting, "Hello, I'm (insert ...

COMMENTARY: Can the media hold politicians accountable?

By Lee H. Hamilton If you watched Donald Trump's recent press conference, you may have overlooked a telling and worrisome moment. A CNN reporter tried to ask the president-elect about the extent of his ties to Russian officials. "No! Not you. No! Your ...

MY TURN: An Inauguration Day like no other

Depending on your political perspective, January 20 will be the dawning of a new conservative era in the U.S. or the onset of a four-year reign that could redefine our democracy in uncertain terms. For supporters of the president-elect, it will be a day of ...

TAKING STOCK: Picks for principal and dividend growth

Dear Mr. Berko: I am 66 and will retire next year with a $1,365 monthly pension and a 401(k) worth $349,000, which I rolled over to an individual retirement account. I have no debt and will maximize my Social Security by waiting until age 70 to take checks. ...

GETTING TO KNOW: Bruce Courtade

An alumnus of the University of Michigan Law School, Bruce Courtade is a shareholder with Rhoades McKee PC in Grand Rapids. A past president of the State Bar of Michigan (2012-13), his practice emphasizes civil and commercial litigation, construction law, ...

EXPERT WITNESS: Animal Spirits - An approach to behavioral economics

By Dr. John F. Sase Gerard J. Senick, senior editor “‘Our basis of knowledge for estimating the yield ten years hence of a railway, a copper mine, a textile factory ... amounts to little and sometimes to nothing,’ [English Economist John ...