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PAUL W. SMITH

Go with your gut, and vote

Paul W. Smith

The people speak, the government listens — at least this time.

Asking the California National Guard members who served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan to give back bonuses they were given to re-enlist and go back into harm’s way, should never have become the story it has become.

Regardless of the mistakes that were clearly made 10 years ago, the biggest mistake was trying to correct the errors on the backs of these soldiers.

How in the world does something like this happen? How can anyone take any poll seriously now?

Don’t base deciding whether to vote, or who you should vote for, on anything other than what you have seen and heard with your own ears and eyes. Go with your gut feeling, regardless of all the noise, and vote!

With that thought in mind, what do you think will scare you most on Monday: a clown at your door or one of the presidential candidates?

■Jennifer Gilbert and her husband, Quicken Loans Inc. founder, Dan, are donating $15 million to their alma mater, Michigan State University.

The money will, in part, help pay for a renovation of the Breslin Center and a resource center for people with disabilities.

■And congratulations to Amy Loepp and her husband, Dan, who is the president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, for being honored with the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year award for their continued commitment to the city of Detroit and state of Michigan.

Amy’s Impact100 Oakland County just awarded a $100,000 grant to Variety the Children’s Charity.

Good people doing more good.

“The Paul W. Smith Show” is on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.