Conor Dugan


Vaccine refusers, and sympathizers, need to remember government’s role

February 13, 2015 | Conor Dugan

If “freedom isn’t free,” as they say, one payment may be to remember that “promote the general welfare” part of the Constitution.

This west Michigan conservative pulls the lever for voter participation

November 14, 2014 | Conor Dugan

Is the system so broken that a principled Catholic conservative can’t be a part of it? This one takes issue with a previous Brunch columnist, and says no.

Could Michigan provide a third way for young 'radicals?'

October 10, 2014 | Conor Dugan

Today’s religious conservative is not the one you might remember from the televangelism days. Therein lies an opportunity for our state.

In a place they’re dying to get into, a look at our living communities

September 5, 2014 | Conor Dugan

Cemeteries used to be places one feared to enter. Now they’re a bad business risk. The journey along the way tells us a lot about ourselves, a Grand Rapids author says.

Visit a few gems on the sunset side before summer sets

July 25, 2014 | Conor Dugan

A national travel guide spills the beans on its top 10 travel guides, and guess which state made No. 1? A native makes some trip suggestions.

In decades past, Michigan produced great design; can it again?

June 13, 2014 | Conor Dugan

A Grand Rapids exhibit of 20th century design born in Michigan shows a way for the state to reclaim its mojo, via art married to commerce.

A Grand Rapids oasis for tinkerers, dabblers and dreamers

May 2, 2014 | Conor Dugan

Will ‘makerspaces’ breathe new life into Michigan manufacturing? It’s certainly an idea worth messing around with. Got a screwdriver?

Children are too precious to be pawns, even to serve a noble cause

March 28, 2014 | Conor Dugan

We try to support our local communities however we can, but does that extend to sending children to sub-par schools? Even if they’re the ones who would improve it?

Buried, with boots on: Notes from Michigan's snowy west

February 21, 2014 | Conor Dugan

Even in this snowy winter, there's one place where the drifts are always higher. Our West Michigan Bruncher puts away his shovel long enough to send us a dispatch from Grand Rapids.