Guest Commentary

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Opinion | Everyone – not just drivers – should pay for Michigan roads

March 13, 2019 | John Hanieski

The former chief economist for the Michigan Department of Commerce agrees Michigan needs to spend more on roads, but disagrees that a gas tax is the way to raise the money.

I am the Michigan teacher removed from teaching African-American history

March 12, 2019 | Scott Craig

Birmingham teacher Scott Craig defends his class syllabus and argues that the district’s handling of parents’ concerns will make teachers reluctant to tackle difficult or controversial subjects in the classroom

Opinion | Big utility companies want to limit options for Michigan customers

March 11, 2019 | Jackson Koeppel

A group with ties to DTE wrote a recent guest column in Bridge accusing solar energy groups of trying to profit from low-income Michigan residents. The leader of one solar group offers this rebuttal.

Opinion | Don’t believe the hype – Michigan school funding is down, not up

March 8, 2019 | Dayna Polehanki

Dayna Polehanki was a school teacher before becoming a state senator, and she argues that Republicans are being disingenuous when they say education funding is at an all-time high.

Opinion | Hell no to Gov. Whitmer’s new taxes, says Sen. Peter Lucido

March 8, 2019 | Peter Lucido

The Republican Senate majority whip blasts Michigan’s Democratic governor’s plan to pay for road repairs by raising the tax on a gallon of gas by 45 cents.

Opinion | Why does ‘fixing’ Michigan pensions stick it to workers?

March 7, 2019 | Leonard Page

Workers didn’t create the unfunded liability crisis hitting Michigan communities. Yet they are the ones being asked to make sacrifices.

Opinion | A conservative case for criminal record ‘Clean Slate’ in Michigan

March 4, 2019 | Jesse Kelley, Arthur Rizer

An estimated half million Michigan adults have criminal records that hobble their ability to get jobs. Could wiping their slate clean help the state economy, and actually reduce recidivism?

Opinion | Military leaders set example for child care in Michigan

March 1, 2019 | Carl Camden, William Henderson

Michigan needs to invest more in child care, for the sake of families and businesses alike.

Opinion | Solar lobbyists seek subsidies at expense of low-income Michiganders

February 26, 2019 | W.L. Starghill Jr.

The battle over Michigan home solar power energy continues in this guest column by a member of Michigan Energy Promise, a group defending current state policies.

Opinion | Michigan can, and should, be a leader in addressing climate change

February 20, 2019 | Kate Madigan

Michigan can’t throw up its hands and say it can’t make a difference in something as big as climate change. But we need to do our part.

Opinion | No teacher shortage yet in Michigan, but the talent pipeline is leaking

February 18, 2019 | Eric Lupher

Fewer college students are considering careers in teaching, and new teachers flee the profession at a high rate. Michigan needs to address those issues.

Opinion | It’s not just trust that’s lost in Flint, some water remains unsafe

February 12, 2019 | Jill Ryan

Michigan shouldn’t turn its attention away from Flint just because the state says drinking water is “restored,” says an environmental activist.

Opinion | Maryland invests in schools. Michigan doesn’t. Maryland thrives.

February 11, 2019 | Brad Lyman

Brad Lyman grew up in public schools in Michigan and taught in schools in Maryland. One state invested in its children, and one didn’t.

Opinion | Gretchen Whitmer is smart to keep Michigan PFAS response team

February 8, 2019 | John Truscott

The cross-department team addressing the dangers of PFAS contaminants was created by Whitmer’s Republican predecessor, Rick Snyder. Protecting our environment isn’t a partisan issue.

Opinion | Lincoln Park program builds work skills for autistic young adults

February 8, 2019 | Nicole Chubb

This isn’t the sort of program you hear a lot about. But it’s the kind of program that makes a difference.

Opinion | Fired Dearborn editor on why Henry Ford bigotry story matters

February 7, 2019 | Bill McGraw

Bill McGraw has written about metro Detroit’s history for decades, but few stories have stirred as much controversy as an article about Henry Ford’s public campaign to stir anti-Semitism

Opinion | Fix the damn pipes, Gov. Whitmer

February 6, 2019 | Bonnifer Ballard

It doesn’t get headlines like potholes, but water infrastructure also needs to be fixed.

Opinion | $20 million for ex-Republican chair’s firm is good for Michigan

February 6, 2019 | Eric Winkelman

The money the state is spending for utility lines to a housing development planned by the company of former Republican Chair Bobby Schostak will pay for itself through future taxes, says a former associate in the company.

Opinion | I study PFAS in Michigan. Trust me, they are everywhere

February 5, 2019 | Gillian Zaharias Miller

Children’s car seats, cookware, carpet and takeout containers – almost everything contains PFAS and will until we get serious about eliminating this set of dangerous chemicals.

Opinion | Lansing should focus on solving problems, not securing ‘wins’

January 31, 2019 | Fred Keller

Politics today is all about who wins and who loses, rather than what’s best for Michigan and the nation.