Guest Commentary

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To rebuild Michigan’s water infrastructure, one word: Plastics

June 6, 2017 | John Dulmes

Pending legislation would require state-backed water projects to consider a range of promising new technologies, such as plastics, to replace aging metal pipes. Let’s give engineers the flexibility they need by supporting this measure.

Attracting out-of-state capital is critical for Michigan’s economy

June 2, 2017 | Maureen Miller Brosnan

Venture capital is essential to the state’s startups. But as in so many sectors of the economy, more investment is needed.

A Detroit neighborhood, and a blueprint for the future

June 2, 2017 | John Petz

A detailed plan emerges with the aim of revitalizing and reinvigorating the Grandmont Rosedale community in northwest Detroit.

A 17-year-old is not an adult, and shouldn’t be treated as such. Even felons.

May 19, 2017 | Paul Elam, Francisco A. Villarruel

After years of pushing juveniles into adult court, the trend has shifted, and is paying off in less recidivism, lower costs and fewer lives squandered. 

In a business-focused world, even ballerinas need to keep up

May 19, 2017 | Michael Rinkus

Not everyone needs an MBA, but higher ed is trying to give more learners essential business skills. 

Dismissed from an EPA board, an MSU economist fears for agency’s, and planet’s, future

May 12, 2017 | Robert B. Richardson

‘I was Trumped,’ Robert Richardson tweeted, but the loss of scientific counsel to a federal agency is no joke, he writes.

Graduates aren't all universities produce. You may be holding one item in your hand.

May 5, 2017 | Mark Schlissel

Why does the administration want to cut funding responsible for some of the country’s most important research and design?

Detroit’s problem is a lack of jobs, not too much gentrification

May 5, 2017 | Ida Byrd-Hill

The mostly white people moving into the central city get a lot of attention, but the ones who most need jobs, help and attention are the ones who’ve been here all along.

The nation’s political winds blow against a clean environment, but Michigan’s turbines are still turning

May 4, 2017 | Lisa Wozniak

Renewable energy is the state’s future, and a new plan for more of it is smart policy

Traverse City has pledged to fight climate change through renewable energy; can your city?

April 28, 2017 | Kate Madigan

Waiting around for Washington to do something about a warming planet is a fool’s errand, so start locally. 

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund again targeted by legislature

April 28, 2017 | Chris Bunch

Why are lawmakers fiddling with a part of state government that is well-run, backed by voters and doing good work in preserving and protecting Michigan’s natural assets?

Time for a fresh look at how we fund our public schools

April 21, 2017 | Rob Fowler

The leader of a small-business group says we need to re-figure the money problem in Michigan.

Child care isn’t just a parental issue. It’s a concern for employers, too.

April 18, 2017 | Doug Luciani, Rob Fowler, Kevin Stotts

Children need quality care while their parents work. Michigan needs their parents working. We need to do better for both.

For many in Michigan, a perilous time to be a child

April 18, 2017 | Alicia Guevara Warren

A new report from the Michigan League for Public Policy shows more kids living in poverty, and at risk for neglect and toxic stress.

Mental-health service and payment should remain in public hands

April 14, 2017 | Mark Reinstein, Dohn Hoyle

Families and clients have spoken over and over since Gov. Snyder proposed transferring Medicaid mental-health money to private HMOs. Is anyone listening?

To return Michigan to prosperity, fund higher education

April 14, 2017 | Daniel J. Hurley

If we want a wealthier state in the future, the best strategy is to prepare, retain and attract college graduates.

It’s not easy, but public trust in government can be built, and rebuilt

April 7, 2017 | Cheryl C. Farmer

A former mayor of Ypsilanti explains how that city beat back infighting and helped its residents upgrade infrastructure and attitudes.

Want to improve city finances? Give counties more to do.

April 6, 2017 | Eric Lupher

Taking a more regional approach to local government would improve the efficiency and economics of service delivery. Counties are in a better position to drive technology, elections, tax assessments and other back office functions.

How to fix Michigan's outdated education system

April 4, 2017 | Jim Brooks

A West Michigan civic group argues for an end to rote memorization, and more focus on early childhood education, promoting kids based on competence rather than the calendar, and reforming how teachers are trained. 

Michigan universities object to losing funding, but do they deserve what they get?

March 31, 2017 | Jarrett Skorup

The state’s institutions of higher education need to do better by their students and funders, including taxpayers.