Guest Commentary

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Michigan is the dark money capital of American politics

October 27, 2015 | Rich Robinson

Record spending on state political campaigns is accompanied by an increased lack of transparency in public reporting, to the detriment of democracy in Michigan

College debt is little understood by the people who should know the most: Students

October 23, 2015 | Rachel Fishman

With student-loan debt spread among 40 million borrowers, they need to know what is a “reasonable” amount to take on, and have more options for paying it all back.

To repair racial wounds in criminal justice, start with language

October 16, 2015 | Robert W. Kahle

How would you like to be defined by something you’re not? Ask a ‘non-white’ person.

To raise student accomplishment, raise student expectations

October 9, 2015 | Brian Whiston

Michigan’s students are capable of great things, but they have to be asked. Set the bar high, provide support, and watch them rise to the challenge.

Employers should form alliances against coming talent shortages

October 9, 2015 | Mark Peters

Paradoxically, training employees to eventually leave their current jobs may be the best strategy for keeping good jobs filled.

In slowly growing Michigan, some interesting migration trends

September 25, 2015 | Kurt Metzger

Too many are leaving for the South and West, but among those who are arriving? Many are young and good earners.

Prosecutor: Public safety should be top priority in prison reform

September 24, 2015 | Mike Wendling

Calls for reforming Michigan’s prison system by releasing thousands more prisoners ignores the fact that Michigan is more violent than other states and only puts the worst offenders behind prison walls

Abuse of no-fault law happens on both sides, hurts victims

September 18, 2015 | Stephen H. Sinas, Thomas G. Sinas

Auto-accident victims should be wary of illegal, but still widely practiced, abuses of the system.

You are invited to Detroit Performs LIVE

September 17, 2015 | Rich Homberg

Detroit Public Television invites the readers of Bridge to Detroit Performs Live! Bettye LaVette - Jessica Hernandez - Ty Stone - Alexander Zonjic - Ben Sharkey - on Friday at The Fillmore in Detroit.

From ‘un’ to ‘under:’ Coverage gap is health-insurance challenge

September 11, 2015 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

Getting insurance is only part of the battle. If patients can’t afford their deductibles and co-pays, they can find themselves underinsured, with attendant problems.

Green energy saves money and generates jobs, so no need to change programs

September 11, 2015 | Sarah Mulkoff

Utility companies have a financial interest in maintaining a system that works in their favor, but Michigan residents deserve better from their lawmakers.

Make pension details for public employees public, again

September 10, 2015 | Steve Harry

A campaign to get Lansing to reverse course and make public how pension benefits are determined for public workers

Helping vulnerable children early is key to closing achievement gaps

September 8, 2015 | Matt Gillard

Research shows that a host of programs, from parental coaching to helping children deal with traumatic environments at home, will help elevate Michigan to a top 10 education state.

Lansing should raise energy efficiency and renewable energy standards

September 3, 2015 | Martin Kushler, John Sarver

It’s the responsibility of lawmakers to hold utilities accountable for keeping utility costs low

Michigan’s public universities already operate openly

September 1, 2015 | Daniel Hurley

Universities push back at amending state Constitution to open more of their board deliberations to the public.

Michigan businesses: Embrace company culture to attract Millennial talent

August 28, 2015 | Colleen Albright

It’s not all free snacks and dog-friendly offices -- young workers want their employers to embrace flexibility, change and work-life balance.

An early childhood home visitation program blooms in Kalamazoo

August 25, 2015 | Amy Slancik

Kalamazoo’s “Parents as Teachers” program gives critical support to parents who may feel isolated

Go green and save green, or how using less energy helps Michigan municipalities

August 21, 2015 | Nathan Triplett

Homeowners think nothing of making their houses more energy-efficient. They should ask the same of their public buildings, too.

Middle-class families need a fairer tax system to get ahead

August 21, 2015 | Sen. Jim Ananich, Rebekah Warren

A graduated income tax would give working families a toehold, and make the wealthiest pay more, say two Michigan state senators.

Support energy measures that eliminate mandates

August 20, 2015 | Sen. Mike Nofs, Sen. John Proos

Continued surcharges and subsidies skew the market in Michigan and provide government-chosen special treatment for certain technologies.