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Populism and isolationism are on the rise around the world. A New York Times best-selling author and historian visited Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies explain the value of international alliances in 21st Century foreign policy and politics.

Sunday commemorated the 80th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of Poland marking the beginning of World War II. Confronting the Axis powers, 30 countries formed the Western Alliance.

Pat LeBlanc, Chairman EBW Electronics portrait
EBW Electronics

Holland-based EBW Electronics employs 230 workers making automotive lighting circuit boards. The parts come from China and are assembled here. In a Sunday New York Times story the chairman of EBW had this to say about tariffs on Chinese made components, “It’s killing us.” In the Times story it was also stated the tariffs incentivize a company to move to either Canada or Mexico. 

Chairman Pat LaBlanc is a Republican and supporter of President Donald Trump. He spoke with WGVU about the media attention and realities facing his company.


Michigan’s Gaming Control Board began looking into the legality of daily fantasy sports betting websites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings late last year. Other states are doing the same. Tuesday night, February 9th at 10 PM on WGVU-HD a FRONTLINE and New York Times investigation into the world of online sports betting.

Of all the place you could visit in the entire world in 2016 the New York Times is telling its readers Grand Rapids is one of them.

What puts the city on the list?

Each year the New York Times surveys travel writers from around the world asking what cities are a must visit?