Fr. Patrick Collins

Jul 28, 2015

Aired: 07/26/15

Father Patrick Collins returns to Common Threads for a conversation on Pope Francis.

Father Collins has been a Roman Catholic priest for more than 50 years. He is a scholar on the works of Thomas Merton and works for the organization Cross International.

Moving More or Eating Less?

Jul 28, 2015

Today Dr. Chet talks about what's more important: moving more or eating less.

Aired: 07/26/15

National Guard solar field
U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia | Public Domain image /

 Michigan residents interested in solar power as an energy source can soon do so right on their utility bills.

That’s the goal of a Consumers Energy residential solar pilot program which begins marketing efforts in the fall.

Roger Morgenstern is a senior public information director at the company. He says the community solar program looks to leverage the desire for clean energy with the demands of an effective business model.

President Gerald R. Ford

President Gerald R. Ford would have turned 102 on Tuesday.

The 38th President of the United States was honored in Grand Rapids with dignitaries, family and friends laying a wreath at his presidential museum tomb. 

Paying tribute was Paul O’Neill, the country’s 72nd Secretary of the Treasury and a man who served President Ford.

“It’s not that he was a saint," O'Neill says, "but by God he was pretty close.”

Paul O’Neill served as President Gerald R. Ford’s Deputy Director of the Office Management and Budget.

West Michigan Leadership Collaborative
West Michigan Leadership Collaborative

  A recent report puts a multi-billion dollar price tag on inequality in the state, and calls for action by local leaders.   

 Eric Williams is the executive director of Equity Affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, and a former city commissioner.

“One of the things we wanted to look at is, what’s the dollar cost?" Williams says. "And can we put a dollar cost on discrimination?” 

He’s one of two head researchers of a recent report highlighting the high costs of inequality.

One focus is lost economic growth.

State loses appeal over tax break in certain home sales

Jul 10, 2015

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of home sellers in a tax dispute involving property in a market that's down or slowly recovering.
In a unanimous decision, the court says some sellers are exempt from a real estate transfer tax. The tax break applies if a home's state equalized value is the same or less than the value when the home was acquired years earlier.

From Where I Sit

Jul 7, 2015

From Where I Sit, a monthly conversation with guests in the community from the office furniture industry. Today's special guests include Michael Dunlap, Gayle DeBruyn and Tom Newhouse. 

Michigan gets $5.5 million for health

Jul 2, 2015

Michigan has received more than $5.5 million in federal money to help strengthen its health emergency preparedness efforts.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the funding Thursday to support the state's Special Pathogen Response Network.
The network was established in 2014 to strengthen Michigan's emergency response to any new or emerging threat to public health, such as the Ebola virus. The network includes hospitals, local health departments and regional health care coalitions.

Ted Cruz to speak at September GOP gathering in Michigan

Jul 1, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz plans to speak at a GOP leadership gathering in Michigan in September.
The Michigan Republican Party announced Wednesday that the U.S. senator from Texas will attend the 31st Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
In a statement, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel says she is glad to "add another fresh and positive Republican perspective" to a "great lineup" at the meeting.

Small earthquake recorded in Michigan, felt miles away

Jun 30, 2015

Geological experts say a small earthquake centered in southern Michigan has been felt in parts of the state.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.3-magnitude temblor was recorded Tuesday morning northeast of Union City.
As of Tuesday afternoon, state police say no injuries or damage have been reported.
The earthquake was centered southeast of Battle Creek, where the Battle Creek Enquirer reports a low rumbling preceded a single jolt.