Guest Commentary

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Providing regionalized care for heart emergencies would save lives

August 18, 2015 | Brahmajee Nallamothu

Gov. Snyder recently approved funding for a statewide trauma network for patients suffering major injuries, like from car accidents. Michigan should support a similar network to lower the nearly 30,000 deaths annually from cardiovascular illness.

What’s a nice place like Lapeer doing with a rep like Todd Courser?

August 14, 2015 | Rose Bogardus

Even moderate places can send idealogues to the halls of power, when they’re whipped on by distorted media, unreasonable expectations and lazy voters.

Force university boards to deliberate in public

August 13, 2015 | Martin Howrylak

Rep. Martin Howrylak is proposing a constitutional amendment intended to force universities’ governing boards to deliberate in a public forum.

After a year, Belle Isle still welcomes people of color, but...

August 7, 2015 | Aaron Foley

The stepped-up police presence that makes Detroit’s island park more attractive to suburbanites can still strike fear in the hearts of city residents.

Bad news for Michigan kids, at a time when it should be better

July 31, 2015 | Alicia Guevara Warren

Years after a bruising recession ended, even more of the state’s children are living in poverty than when it was at its peak. What’s the policy solution? Help their parents, for starters.

Former House Speaker’s alcohol battle carries lessons

July 24, 2015 | Tom Watkins

Craig DeRoche was one of Michigan’s most powerful legislative voices before drinking derailed his life. His recovery, chronicled in a new book, shows he still has contributions to offer.

How Michigan can save money while reducing greenhouse gases

July 23, 2015 | Erik Nordman

Joining forces with nine northeastern states will allow Michigan to reduce gas emissions in the least costly way possible

At 25, Americans With Disabilities Act about more than bathrooms and parking

July 17, 2015 | Bridge Staff

The ADA made it possible for individuals with physical and mental challenges to more fully integrate with the able-bodied world, through “reasonable accommodation” to their needs.

A call for Michigan redistricting reform

July 14, 2015 | Craig Thiel, Eric Lupher

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shows that citizens, not politicians, have the ultimate power to demand fair legislative boundaries.

How Kent County is trying to improve the odds for low-income students

July 2, 2015 | Charles Honey

The cold realities of poverty are met with a team approach to community.

Mental health care in Michigan has room for improvement, but will it?

June 26, 2015 | Vikram Reddy

There are ways to streamline and improve care for behavioral-health patients, but it won’t be inexpensive. But the way we’re doing it now isn’t cheap, either.

Welcome to school, Detroit kindergartners. Now pay up!

June 23, 2015 | Chuck Wilbur

If something isn’t done to remove the crushing debt faced by city schools, Detroit’s most vulnerable students will be stuck with the bill.

Twenty-six plus nine, plus how many more? Gun violence must be addressed

June 19, 2015 | Tom Watkins

With every new rampage, we say the carnage has to stop. And yet, it goes on. Will we ever find the will to take the steps needed to finally curb it?

Read the tea leaves: It’s time for marijuana legalization in Michigan

June 19, 2015 | Jermain Jones

Want to fill some potholes? How about tax money from pot sales? Colorado has collected 91 million reasons to legalize just this fiscal year.

Improving third-grade reading isn’t enough

June 16, 2015 | Mina Hong

Programs that help parents improve their early learning for their children, particularly children with developmental delays or disabilities, are critical.

Repealing prevailing wage law will benefit Michigan school districts

June 12, 2015 | John Kennedy

School districts and other public construction projects should be free to hire contractors who pay less. It will save taxpayers' money.

Is it time for Michigan higher education to consolidate?

June 12, 2015 | Patrick Shannon

Having 15 public universities to makes less sense in an age of shrinking resources. Health care provides a leaner operating model.

Gov. Snyder gets it right on early childhood education

June 11, 2015 | Tom Watkins

Investing money in programs to boost infants and young children will pay education and economic dividends for Michigan’s future.

Retiring Superintendent: Michigan schools are broken, but teachers are heroes

June 9, 2015 | Mike Flanagan

Supt. Mike Flanagan says the state’s public schools are in a “continuous wash of confusing redirection,” and blames much of the problem on poverty and other social ills. Teachers, he said, get unfairly scapegoated when they should be honored.

Prevailing wage doesn’t cost taxpayers, it protects them

June 5, 2015 | Dale Belman

There’s more to big construction projects than paying the lowest possible price for labor. Keeping wages at a prevailing union rate encourages innovation and cost controls throughout the industry.