Jeffrey Polet


When does freeway construction put us on a road to nowhere?

January 16, 2015 | Jeffrey Polet

In Detroit, they paved Paradise Valley, and put up I-375. The people who lived in the way? Collateral damage, as always. Why can't we consider the human cost of coddling the car?

Traffic-jam thoughts on the road to incivility

November 21, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

There’s nothing like a powerful steel chariot to make a person feel strong, free -- and rude.

Young people? Blow up the political system, for your own good

October 17, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

Grandparents vote, and politicians know it. That’s why older people get far more attention from policy-makers. Younger ones would be wise to remember this.

To a voter with principles, sometimes voting is the right thing to (not) do

September 12, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

Make all the jokes about “none of the above” you want, but if you really hold your beliefs true, it’s difficult to make some choices in the voting booth.

In praise of place: A small town isn’t a backwater, and Holland is a marvel

August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

Where did you grow up? It may be a bubble, but it’s a Grover’s Corners, too, full of lives worthy of respect and attention.

Three cheers for the red, white and blue – or maybe just the hometown

June 20, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

It’s patriotism season. A few thoughts on how this seemingly simple emotion is far more complex than we might think.

Aptly named Common Core hollows out learning

May 9, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

Here’s a revolutionary concept for education: It isn’t, and shouldn’t, be just about “college and career readiness.” Maybe it should just be about itself.

Will ‘Holland, Michigan’ be fed into the ‘Fargo’ wood chipper?

April 4, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

This local isn’t popping popcorn for a movie set in west Michigan, given how other towns have fared at the hands of Hollywood.

Even fire services should withstand budget review, but good luck with that

February 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Polet

Heroes or sacred cows? Police and firefighters do important jobs, but their mythology can make it difficult to be realistic about their costs and benefits.