Guest Commentary


Kalamazoo shootings should put brakes on Uber’s legislative agenda in Lansing

March 4, 2016 | Thomas G. Sinas, Stephen H. Sinas

The ride-sharing company has been building a liability-free space for itself in state legislatures. But the crimes, and the suspect’s work as an Uber driver that night, demands more investigation before bills in Lansing advance

Flint crisis one symptom of a bigger problem: Term limits

March 4, 2016 | T. R. Shaw Jr.

Electing term-limited, true citizen legislators was a good idea in theory that hasn’t worked so well in practice. There’s a case to be made that longevity in office leads to expertise and competence

Don’t allow fish farms in Michigan waters

March 3, 2016 | Howard A. Tanner

A retired DNR chief likens commercial fish pens to treating the Great Lakes and Michigan rivers as public sewers for fecal and urine waste, algae and disease.

Michigan’s University Research Corridor is an innovation powerhouse

March 1, 2016 | Lou Anna K. Simon, Mark Schlissel, M. Roy Wilson

The URC, which includes MSU, U-M and Wayne State, says it has contributed more than $17 billion to the state’s economy while ranking second in the nation in innovation among research clusters

Commenting isn’t about being a critic, but a better thinker

February 26, 2016 | Duane Barns

Yes, the comment sections can be a swamp, but they’re also a place to exchange ideas, think and grow – at least if you make them so

Michigan charters have high-performers, so what is Ed Trust-Midwest upset about?

February 25, 2016 | Dan Quisenberry

A charter school leader cites Academic State Champs results to tout charter schools that are doing well by students, especially poor students.

No more pie fights, or how news organizations can elevate online discussion

February 19, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

News organizations that leave reader comment sections alone risk losing them to trolls. Or, as this expert puts it, “If people walk into a pie fight, they’ll pick up a pie.

State teacher of year: Who am I to judge Detroit teacher sick-outs?

February 16, 2016 | Rick Joseph

The stark inequality between Michigan’s rich and poor schools is the greatest obstacle to learning. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit, where teacher sick-outs have put a spotlight on the terrible conditions in which children must learn

Internet comments are where too many bullies come to play. Isn’t there a better way?

February 12, 2016 | Kenneth Cole

If rude, abusive and inflammatory comments are tolerated by online news sources, what sort of discourse are we encouraging elsewhere

Historic districts give Michigan cities character, so no need to change law

February 12, 2016 | Barry LaRue

Why does the legislature want to gut a policy that has worked well, for the state and its historic cities, for 45 years

We need performance-based charter authorizing system

February 11, 2016 | Amber Arellano, Sunil Joy

The state must hold charter school authorizers accountable when their schools persistently underperform, a responsibility that leading education states take more seriously

Yes, it’s a gag rule, and withholding information will hurt government

February 5, 2016 | Craig Thiel

PA269 keeps public officials and entities from informing voters about ballot issues 60 days before an election. The stakes are too high to require silence

EM law had unintended racial consequences in Flint and Detroit

February 5, 2016 | Reynolds Farley

The legislature probably didn’t intend for its impact to fall disproportionately on Michigan's residents of color, but it has. Now is the time to investigate fixing it

Performance standards can rein in electricity costs for 2016 ratepayers

February 2, 2016 | Larry Ward

Michigan residents pay top dollar for their energy. It’s time for the legislature to start requiring utilities to give them something better for their money

How much longer can we delay action on the Straits pipeline?

January 29, 2016 | Leonard Page

Enbridge’s track record for both safety and transparency doesn’t give residents cause for confidence in its “trust us” defense of Line 5

Payday lenders, and a future without them

January 28, 2016 | Dave Adams

It’s not enough to stop efforts in Lansing that allow payday lenders to thrive. The key is to give people financial tools so they never have to turn to such loans.

Enbridge: Line 5 pipeline is vital to Michigan

January 26, 2016 | Brad Shamla

Enbridge assures Michigan residents that its Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac, is safe. The company says it’s committed to protecting the Great Lakes as it provides access to affordable, secure energy to the state.

Pipeline secrecy bill threatens Great Lakes, prevents accountability

January 26, 2016 | Phil Roos

A bill that would allow energy companies to keep private key information about oil and gas pipelines in Michigan threatens the Great Lakes and the people of Michigan, the author argues.

Michigan earns ‘F’ for transparency, while legislature helps it stay there

January 22, 2016 | Craig Mauger

Among the tsunami of unwelcome attention swamping the state, now this: Dark money swamps our elections, and even its defenders won’t speak up

Sander Levin: State ‘gag law’ hurts schools, communities

January 21, 2016 | Sander Levin

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin says this misguided law prevents schools and local government from giving voters the facts on millages or other ballot issues 60 days before elections, when most voters need basic information. It must be repealed.