Protect Our Environment

Partisan fighting in Lansing continues to delay any action on fixing our roads. That same bickering has delayed any real improvements for several years. We need to fix the roads and bridges now and find a solution to our aging water and sewer systems.

​Abortion
                Abortion
                                I have worked my whole career to protect life, from the time of conception to natural                                                         death. Click
here to read the blog.
                Abortion Care
                                Abortion is not a disease; it is a symptom of underlying personal and societal ills. Click
here to                                       read the blog.
                Sanctity of Life
                                Prioritizing the protection of human life, beginning at conception. Click
here to read the blog.
                Thoughts on Abortion
                                I oppose abortion at any stage of pregnancy from conception to natural death. Click
here to                                           read the blog.

​                The Sanctity of Life

​                               To devalue life at any level is to eventually devalue life at every level. Click here to read the blog.



                                

Culture
                Native Americans
                              Within the state of Michigan there are twelve federally-acknowledged Native American tribes.                                         Click
here to read the blog.

Dr. Jim Hines Top Priorities

Leadership

             Great Leaders

​                                A few thoughts on what makes a great leader. Click here to read the blog.

First Responders
                Fire Deaths
                               Despite commendable efforts by local fire departments in various areas, fire deaths in Michigan                                        have been increasing over the last five years. Click
here to read the blog.
                Human Heroes
                               Police officers are the human beings who have sworn to protect and serve the people of their                                          community, despite the risk to themselves. Click
here to read the blog.
                Policemen
                               Police officers, both male and female, are the human interface between the laws of government                                      and the people. Click
here to read the blog.

Improve Michigan's Job Climate

Fix Our Infrastructure

We are blessed to live in a state surrounded by fresh pure water. We need to do more to protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, sewer overflows, agricultural run-off, and the possibility of oil spills.

We cannot allow this state to go back to the days of higher taxes, burdensome regulation, and handing out tax breaks to favored industries. Too many politicians want to raise taxes, hindering Michigan recovery.

Read More About Individual Issues in Jim's Blogs Below

Education
                College Costs
                              Michigan needs to explore ways to provide good paying jobs, enabling our graduates to pay off                                       their debt and avoid going on welfare. Click
here to read the blog.

                Common Core

​                              The goal is for children to learn a body of knowledge, not for programmed responses to be                                              elicited by a test. Click here to read the blog.
                Education Factor
                              The education of our children is vital; it is one of the key elements that make our state and nation                                   great. Click
here to read the blog.
                Higher Education
                              When it comes to a college degree, statistics speak with eloquence. Click
here to read the blog.
                Illiteracy
                              One of the big issues facing Michigan in recent years is the high rate of functional illiteracy—the                                      inability to read well enough to perform such tasks such as filling out a job application. Click here to                                read the blog. Click
here to read the blog. 
                Literacy
                               Adult illiteracy costs American society $240 billion per year through a combination of lost                                                  productivity, unrealized tax revenues, welfare, and crime. Click
here to read the blog.
                Public Education
                              Now that we are in an era where geographic and communication constraints have been profoundly                                 reduced, education has become a big business. Click
here to read the blog.
                Teacher Impact
                              What impact do teachers have on their students. Click
here to read the blog.
                Student Debt
                              The Grand Rapids Press reported last October that student debt in Michigan was up 57 percent                                     over the last 10 years. Click
here to read the blog. 

Religion 

            Preserving Religious Freedoms

                              We as a society cannot afford to take away the religious freedoms of our citizens. Religious                                            organizations should be able to refuse such services directly if something runs contrary to their                                        scripture or scriptural belief. Clickhere to read the blog.

                               


Jobs
                Farming
                               Recognizing the role of farmers in Michigan’s economy. Click
hereto read the blog.

               Michigan Farmers

​                               Taxes and regulation need to encourage farm expansion and survival. We need to listen to our                                       farmers. Click here to read the blog. 

               Success
                               We are not guaranteed or entitled to success, it is achieved through wisdom and hard work. Click                                  
here to read the blog.
               Workplace Communication
                               Good communication in the workplace can go a long way toward relieving workplace stress, if each                                person takes responsibly. Click
here to read the blog.
               

Children
                Child Abuse
                              As citizens, we have a responsibility to help protect children.Click
here to read the blog. 
                Rearing Children
                              A study of school playground behavior illustrates that fact that children feel safer if they know what                                 the boundaries are.Click
here to read the blog. 

Life Advice
                Change
                                The most significant changes I have observed are when people work one-on-one with other                                             individuals. Click
here to read the blog.
                Courteous Driving
                                Here are a few tips that can help take some of the tension out of driving. Click
here to read the                                       blog.
                Creation vs Evolution
                                If evolution is true, you happened by chance, not design. Click
here to read the blog.

                Does What We Believe Matter?

​                               ​ If humans were created, then there must be a purpose for their creation. Our lives were meant to                                  matter for something. Click here to read the blog.
                Gratitude
                                Psychology Today Magazine has identified that happiness, relationships, health, and goals are                                       improved by gratitude. Click here to
read the blog.
                House vs Home
                                There is a debate over the pros and cons of renting or owning your own place. Click
here to read                                   the blog.
                Important Memories
                                It is believed that every experience we have ever had is stored in the brain somewhere. Click
here                                 to read the blog.
                Knowing People
                                First impressions are largely based on appearance and visual cues. Click
here to read the blog.
                Neighbors
                                A basic rule of thumb is to treat others the way you would like to be treated. Click
here to read the                                  blog.
                Values and Beliefs
                               What happens when my values and beliefs run into conflict with your values and beliefs? Click                                        
here to read the blog.
                Wisdom
                               Wisdom encompasses the ability to make sound judgements/choices and helps provide balance                                    and purpose in life. Click
here to read the blog.

Family
                Christmas 2016

                                Christmas time with the Hines family is a special time of year. Click
here to read the blog.
                Good Dads
                                Having just celebrated Father’s Day, I’ve been reminded of the value of fathers. Click
here to read                                   the blog.
                Eating Together
                                Research shows that children who eat meals with their families frequently do better in school. Click                                
here to read the blog.
                Healthy Thanksgiving
                               Grateful people live fuller, richer lives. They experience less pains, take better care of themselves,                                  and have less toxic emotions such as anger and resentment. Click
here to read the blog.
                Michigan Fathers
                               Studies have shown that there are many benefits for children who grow up in a home where the                                      dad is present. Click
here to read the blog.
                Mothers
                               Mothers are the heart of the home and the knot that holds the family together. Click
here to read                                    the blog.
                Parenting
                               Michigan needs strong families – families that love each other, spend time together, and build lives,                                communities, and businesses together for the good of others. Click
here to read the blog.
                Spouse Care
                               The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse can tell you with 93% certainty within 5 minutes of meeting                                  a couple if they will get divorced. Click
here to read the blog.
                Strong Families
                               We need to look at ways to strengthen our families and help each other develop strategies for                                        working together to resolve conflict and encourage one another. Click
here to read the blog. 

​                Thankfulness

​                               I hope you will join me in extending friendship and hospitality to those around you, and as the last                                   stanza of our national anthem says, may we “Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a                                 nation!” Clickhereto read the blog.

Seniors
              Senior Citizens
                              The value of our seniors goes far beyond whether they can manage technology. Click
here to read                                 the blog.
              Senior Rights
                              Communities and policymakers in Michigan face challenges in caring for out aging population. Click                              
here to read the blog.

Health
                Alzheimer’s
                               Prioritizing the physical and emotional needs of the elderly and those with Alzheimer’s disease.                                      Click
here to read the blog.
                Anger is a Choice
                               Did you know that you don’t have to go through the stress of carrying anger around with you? Click                                
here to read the blog.
                Assisted Suicide
                               Assisted suicide should not be legal because it is dangerous. Click
here to read the blog.
                Unseen Dangers
                               Unseen dangers and unintended consequences, the water in Flint is a grave concern for families.                                    Click
here to read the blog.

Cancer
                Cancer Perspective
                              Nobody wants it. Nobody likes it. We don’t want to think or talk about it. Unfortunately, many of us                                     get it. What should we do? Click
here to read the blog.
                Caring with Cancer
                              When you learn that someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, what can you do and                                     how can you “help” or encourage this person? Click
here to read the blog.
                Childhood Cancer
                              September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Consider suggestions on what you should do                                   for your Michigan friends and neighbors who have a child with cancer. Click
here to read the blog.

Environment
                Great Lakes
                               As you enjoy the Great Lakes this summer, think about the importance of preserving the beauty,                                      business, and recreation of our Great Lakes. Click
here to read the blog. 

Providing a good education to every child in Michigan is the most important thing that can be done for the future of Michigan. Again, we need to stop the partisan bickering and focus on the children.

Community

            Bathroom Usage

                              I would not seek to dictate an overall formula for the entire state. I believe such issues should be                                    settled by local communities and school boards. Click here to read the blog.

                Citizen Rights

​                              Our nation was founded on the principle that we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of                                        happiness. Click here to read the blog. 

​               Michigan, The Neighborly State

​                              I know that Michiganders are generous people who will jump in and help each other. I would love                                    for us to be known as “The Neighborly State.” Click here to read the blog.

Put Children First

Infrastructure
                Maintenance
                              We must consider not only the cost of construction of roads, buildings, and other projects, but also                                 the maintenance. Click
here to read the blog.
                Roads and Business
                              What we should be looking for when finding a location for new business and how the roads matter.                                 Click
here to read the blog.

Gun Control
                Bearing Arms
                               Before we dismantle the Second Amendment, we should know why it was there in the first place.                                    Click
here to read the blog.
                Gun Rights
                               One of the rights the Founding Fathers of the United States wanted to make sure was protected                                      was the right to bear arms. Click
here to read the blog.

Government

            Balancing the Budget

                                I want to keep taxes and regulations under control, decreasing them whenever we can. But I also                                   want to be practical. Click here to read the blog.
                Best Solutions
                                Working together to affect the best solutions. Click
here to read the blog.

                Borders

​                                While immigrants should always be welcome to this country, they must be carefully vetted                                                to assure that we are protecting our citizens and legal immigrants from terrorist acts. Click here to                                  read the blog.

                Can Ethics and Politics Mix

​                                We have a right to expect and inspect integrity in our leaders. Click here to read the blog.
                Constitutional Integrity
                                “Constitutional Integrity” – making laws, and governing, in line with the original intent of the                                               founding fathers. Click
here to read the blog.
                Freedom of Conscience
                                How much does it mean to you to have the freedom to live according to your conscience? Click                                      
here to read the blog.

                Fresh Perspective

                                My experiences as an “outsider” mean that I’m not afraid to challenge failed power structures and                                   seek better, more effective methods of solving problems. Click here to read the blog.
                Government Integrity
                                When looking for a solution in government corruption, we need to leave blanket stereotypes                                             behind and examine the root of the problem. Click
here to read the blog.

                Immigration

                                We can remember traditions and heritage from other times and places, but each person should                                      seek to be first an American citizen, assimilating into the culture, values, laws, and loyalties of our                                  nation. Click hereto read the blog.

                Open Borders

​                                Those who argue for open borders claim that they will provide economic benefits and reduce                                          poverty by equalizing the world’s population but there are many more factors involved. Click here                                    to read the blog.

                Political Obligations

                                One advantage of running for governor as a political outsider is that I am not bound by any                                             obligations to lobbyists or bureaucrats. Click here to read the blog.

                Recreational Marijuana

​                                As the discussion on legalizing recreational marijuana continues, Michiganders should consider                                       how states that have already made such a move have been affected. Click here to read the blog.
                The Constitution Matters
                                Some things are valuable enough to go to any lengths to protect them. Click
here to read the blog.

                Transparency and Ethics

                                Part of the problem was is weak public records laws and an absence of laws requiring personal                                      financial disclosures by lawmakers and top state officials. Click here to read the blog.



Business
                Business Interests
                                We are free to pursue our personal interests and talents and the career of our choice.Click
here to                                 read the blog.                     
                Business Lessons
                                Small business is not out to change the world; it is the world. Click
here to read the blog.
                Entrepreneurship
                                Entrepreneurs show us that the ideal life isn’t one of no work, the ideal life is satisfying work. Click                                  
here to read the blog.
                Small Business
                               The first step to keep jobs and businesses in Michigan is to keep taxes and regulations under                                          control. Click
here to read the blog.