The VIEW from here

Cellphones have kicked courtesy to the curb

(Editor’s note: This column is a reprint from 2010) S ome time ago I wrote a column about how technology — specifically cellphones, text messaging and email — were rapidly becoming the preferred method of communication. My point in the column was we’re rearing a generation of children who seem to prefer text messaging to talking. I recently spoke with […]


It’s one thing when a major auto manufacturer like Chrysler expresses pride in a new vehicle like the 2013 Ram 1500, but quite another when a respected and well-established third-party evaluating organization agrees. ConsumerReports.org issued a report July 16 placing the 2013 Ram 1500 squarely on top of its list of full-size pickup trucks. “The 2013 Ram 1500 has both […]

Swartz Creek couple dishes the flavor

SWARTZ CREEK — Dave and Mindy Griwatsch of Swartz Creek were looking for a business they could run that would fulfill several needs. In March they found that driving the area’s first Kona Ice truck and selling their vast array of shaved ice products fit those needs. “This basically had everything that we wanted in a business, it had the […]


Chevrolet sold a record 2.5 million vehicles around the world in the first six months of 2013, up 1.4 percent over the same period in 2012. It was the 11th straight quarter of increased sales. New products like the Onix subcompact car in Brazil, which is based on the Gamma platform and is the successor to the Chevrolet Celta, helped […]

In brief

McLaren Flint physician opens new office FLINT — Lavanya Cherukuri, M.D., a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, on the medical staff at McLaren Flint, has relocated her practice. She is now caring for patients at Obstetric and Gynecology Physicians of Flint, PC, 8384 Holly Road, Suite 2, Grand Blanc. Cherukuri completed her residency at Hurley Medical Center. She received her medical degree […]

Kildee responds to Detroit’s financial crisis

WASHINGTON – As Detroit becomes the largest municipality to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) recently reiterated his push for new ways to support America’s great cities facing dire financial straits, something he has continually advocated for. On Wednesday — a day before Detroit declared bankruptcy — Congressman Kildee questioned Chairman Bernanke in person when he came […]

DM Burr opens retail store

McLaren Opens Hospitality House for Cancer Patients

HealthPlus-sponsored race events under way

FLINT — To get people moving, HealthPlus is sponsoring several race events throughout Michigan this year, which began with the Atwood Stadium Races on July 20. Besides its presence as the presenting sponsor of the Atwood races, HealthPlus was represented in another exemplary way on race day — a group of HealthPlus employees were among the hundreds of race participants. […]

Supporting cultural assets in Flint is focus of Mott grants

FLINT — Recognizing the value of arts and cultural resources in creating vibrant and attractive communities, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation recently announced a package of grants totaling $3.7 million for the institutions of the Flint Cultural Center. The one-year, general operating grants are: • $1.5 million to the Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC), including support for Longway Planetarium, Sloan […]