Guest Commentary

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Opinion | College students have the power to change elections. Will they?

October 29, 2018 | Ben Ratner

At the University of Michigan alone, more than 30,000 students didn’t vote in 2014, the last election year for Michigan governor. If students start voting, candidates will pay attention.

Opinion | Line 5 tunnel is a huge improvement. Construction needs to start yesterday

October 25, 2018 | Anthony England

Anthony England has worked on thorny problems before at NASA, and he’s convinced that the tunnel under the straits is a solution that is overdue.

Opinion | Michigan schools, businesses and unions must align in talent race

October 24, 2018 | Doug Smith

Parents and students must demand relevant experiential learning environments that lead to in-demand jobs.

Opinion | John Engler asks governor hopefuls if they support colleges

October 22, 2018 | John Engler

State financial support to higher education in Michigan has dropped precipitously since John Engler was governor. Now, MSU’s interim president challenges candidates on their plans.

Opinion | Lansing, please don’t hurt Michigan drivers with bad traffic laws

October 18, 2018 | Jim Walker

A basketful of bad bills threaten to drive Michigan drivers crazy.

Opinion | A tunnel for Line 5 is good news – for Canadians

October 17, 2018 | Jim Lively

Gov. Rick Snyder got suckered by Enbridge into a deal that doesn’t protect the Great Lakes for years, and financially benefits only the Canadian oil industry, not Michigan residents.

Opinion | Fed tax cut will benefit Michigan utility customers

October 16, 2018 | Rachael Eubanks

About $380 million in rate relief has already been approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission, with more cuts on the way

Opinion | Would my grandfather be allowed into the U.S. today? Would yours?

October 16, 2018 | Steve Tobocman

Look at the data, and you’ll see how much immigrants contribute to Michigan’s economy, and the state’s future.

Opinion | Michigan no-fault insurance helps doctors, lawyers, not drivers

October 11, 2018 | Dyck Van Koevering

Michigan drivers pay the highest insurance rates in the nation. That’s not going to change without reforms to the no-fault insurance system.

Opinion | Redistricting proposal is confusing and bad for Michigan

October 10, 2018 | Tony Daunt

Prop 2 would be a disaster for Michigan, says Tony Daunt of the Michigan Freedom Fund.

Opinion | I’m a doctor, and recreational pot is bad for Michigan

October 9, 2018 | Donald Condit

Marijuana legalization in other states has been a disaster, claims a Michigan surgeon.

Opinion | Michigan’s next governor must lead, not follow special interests

October 8, 2018 | Tom Watkins

The next governor has an opportunity – and a responsibility – to address problems that have festered for decades in our polarized politics

Opinion | Dental therapists won’t improve health care for Michigan’s most vulnerable

October 3, 2018 | Debra Peters

A bill before the Michigan Legislature would expand dental care providers to include therapists to improve access to the poor and disabled. But those populations are exactly the people who need real dentists.

Opinion | Michigan social studies standards shouldn’t sugarcoat history

October 1, 2018 | Brian Gutman, Lauren Hubbard

The controversial changes proposed for Michigan’s history books hurt the education of our children.

Opinion | Michigan needs more post-high school education, says state superintendent

September 27, 2018 | Sheila Alles

More high school grads are earning degrees and certificates, but we’re still below the national average.

Opinion | The truth about no-fault and Mayor Duggan’s misguided lawsuit

September 27, 2018 | Tammy Hannah

Michigan has a special way of protecting families when someone suffers a traumatic injuries in auto accidents. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s lawsuit could undermine our unique safety net.

Opinion | November election critical for future of public education in Michigan

September 27, 2018 | John Austin

Candidates for governor have laid out plans for turning around Michigan’s failing schools. But only one has a plan that could succeed, argues the former Democratic president of the Michigan State Board of Education.

Opinion | You’re paying less taxes than you think. And that’s a problem.

September 21, 2018 | Charles Ballard, Sanjay Gupta

We can’t make good policy decisions if the ‘facts’ in our heads are wrong, say two Michigan State University economists.

Opinion | I’m disabled, and it took me 15 years to find a dentist in Michigan

September 20, 2018 | Paul Palmer

Michigan’s dentist shortage is even more severe for vulnerable populations like the disable and the poor.

Opinion | Michigan has abandoned cities. Let’s reverse course with online sales taxes

September 20, 2018 | Dan Gilmartin

Michigan ranks dead last in supporting its communities. But the state will reap a $200 million windfall from collecting taxes on Internet sales that should help parks, police and firefighters in cities statewide.