Guest Commentary

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Do kids really count in Michigan? Data shows them losing ground

March 25, 2016 | Alicia Guevara Warren

The annual roundup of statistics surrounding children and families show poverty is increasing, parents are more stressed and abuse is up. But there are some bright spots

Admiring Gov. Milliken’s environmental legacy as he turns 94

March 24, 2016 | Dave Dempsey

Michigan’s much-admired governor signed more than a dozen major environmental bills into law, leading to profound and lasting change

Businesses seek talent, and talent seeks places, so help Michigan cities

March 18, 2016 | Bridge Staff

The governor’s proposed state budget does nothing to correct the state’s dismal performance in funding its communities

Michigan needs more government transparency in light of Flint

March 15, 2016 | Ron Dzwonkowski

It is common sense that people behave differently, and generally better, when they know they are being watche

Fish farms are already in the Great Lakes, helping and feeding Michigan

March 11, 2016 | Kent Herrick

Concerns over the environmental impact of net pens and other aquaculture operations ignore some important – and beneficial – facts about the practice

To embrace the future of transportation, consider its past – on rails

March 11, 2016 | Liz Treutel Callin

Michigan is ready to establish coast-to-coast passenger rail across the Mitten, linking Detroit to Holland, with stops in between. And it wouldn’t be prohibitively expensive, says an advocate

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