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OPINION: What happened to common sense?

OPINION: What happened to common sense?

Most days I get to see a portion of ABC's Good Morning America and most days I end up shaking my head at some of the common sense subjects that are discussed. Believe me, it’s not just on this program, but most talk shows anymore.

Today they were discussing how many calories are in certain healthy foods and how some of the numbers can be surprising; but when I was growing up or our children were growing up, choices like dried fruit versus fresh fruit was not discussed because we only had fresh or home canned fruit, to my knowledge.

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

Coffee taste test pits pricey cat scat coffee against other brews

HOLLAND, Mich.— Kopi Luwak coffee beans costs up to $600 pound, but is the taste worth the price?

That’s the question a panel of coffee experts attempted to answer during a blind taste test this week.  “The Great Kopi Luwak Cupping Challenge” unfolded at JPs Coffee and Espresso Bar in Holland.  Owner Jack Groot ran the test, pitting Kopi Luwak against other regional Sumatran coffees prices around $16 pound.

During the test, one Kopi Luwak sample rose to the top, scoring 76 points out of 100.  However, two of the less expensive, non-cat poop coffees ranked within a half-point of Kopi Luwak and the others were very close.

“It’s a very good coffee, but not worth $600 a pound.  If you bought it in a coffee shop, it would cost you $50 a cup,” said Andy Timko with Anodyne Coffee Roasters in Milwaukee.

"Fear the Crooked Corpse" Film Premiere & Halloween Party

"Fear the Crooked Corpse" Film Premiere & Halloween Party

Grand Rapids, MI – October 27th 2013 – Wealthy Theatre plays host to a truly evil evening of entertainment with the world premiere of the fright-filled feature film FEAR THE CROOKED CORPSE!  In honor of this special, one-time event the dastardly director of this devious motion picture will serve up Grand Rapids’ most horrific Halloween Party.  Come one, come all in your most ghoulish get-ups, best costume wins a fantastic prize (!), among other classic games such as bob for (poison) apples, pin the tail on the wolf-man and a 50/50 raffle… of DREAD!  Then, grab a seat and experience your nightmare realized upon the silver screen as A Picture Show Film Co.

TV Show "Cake Boss" turns Haworth chair into a cake

TV Show "Cake Boss" turns Haworth chair into a cake

A Haworth Chair design was recently the center of attention on The Learning Channel show "Cake Boss." The show's Buddy Valastro made a life-size cake of Haworth's ToDo chair in the show's final show of the season, which aired Feb 18. When the cake was done, ToDo handles and feet were added to finish the cake... Read More

Big Top Juice Ball 2011 is January 8 in Grand Rapids

Big  Top Juice Ball 2011 is January 8 in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- Juice Ball returns to West Michigan on Saturday, January 8th.  The proceeds from the fundraising event go to the Juice Ball fund at Kids' Food Basket which provides meals for needy children.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids. The first Juice Ball was held last year at the same location with a school lunch lady theme.  This year the International Ballroom will be transformed into a big top circus. 

Guests are encouraged to dress up in circus themed costumes.  They will find carnival games, food booths, a cash bar, face painting, as well as music and entertainment. 


Admission is charged.  Click here to get more information from the event website.