Guest Commentary


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 It must be repealed.

Is time running out on the Enbridge Straits pipeline 5?

January 19, 2016 | Ken Winter

The tide appears to be changing in favor of halting the controversial pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, as new studies, evidence and reason point to the line’s potential threat to the Great Lakes

Detroit teacher ‘sickout’ was a call for attention and help

January 15, 2016 | Ivy Bailey

Detroit school conditions are sickening, so teachers called in sick. Now it’s the state’s responsibility to make it right.

Why ecologists support Ann Arbor’s deer cull

January 14, 2016 | Christopher Dick

In the fierce debate over how to control deer populations in urban areas, a U-M ecologist defends the use of sharpshooters over some non-lethal methods.

Opioids’ rising death toll demands comprehensive policy solutions

January 8, 2016 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Theresa R.F. Dreyer

Prescriptions for these powerful drugs are a godsend to those suffering chronic pain. Their interests must be balanced with others’ as we seek to reduce fatal overdoses

To succeed in business, think like a business person – and an artist

December 22, 2015 | Julie Bianchi

“Design thinking” sounds arty, but it’s being embraced by business. It's about flexibility, creativity and problem-solving, for organizations and individuals.

When it comes to talent, Michigan needs more of everything

December 17, 2015 | Doug Rothwell

More degrees, more certificates, more learning, more smarts: This is the 21st century economy. A new campaign seeks to drive that message home.

Are Ann Arbor’s deer enough of a threat to warrant firepower?

December 17, 2015 | Tanya Hilgendorf

If only plants are at stake, maybe there’s a better solution than sharpshooters in city parks.

The forest-loving Farm Bill at 25

December 15, 2015 | Bill O’Neill

This is the 25th anniversary of the 1990 Farm Bill, legislation that fostered important collaborations among woodland owners, nonprofits and the government.

Some college, no degree, lots of debt: A burden for students, schools and communities

December 11, 2015 | Russell Olwell, Marquan Jackson

Getting into college is one thing. Finishing is another. Programs that can help ‘some college’ students become graduates are vital to the state’s economic health.

Time to rewrite the regulatory compact

December 8, 2015 | Rodger Kershner

Rather than rewarding utilities for spending the greatest amount of money on energy investment and infrastructure, we need to align their interests with the public’s in seeking to reduce energy use, safety concerns and pollution.

Hit the books, Michigan, and get smart about economic growth

December 4, 2015 | Lou Glazer

The state will best begin its climb back to prosperity by acknowledging some hard facts about its past – and future. Education and talent are more important than manufacturing.