Guest Commentary

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Opinion | $2 more a month for Michigan’s poor isn’t help. It’s an insult.

April 10, 2018 | Coleman A. Young II

A less than 1 percent increase in cash assistance for Michigan’s most needy has state Sen. Coleman A Young II angry.  

Opinion | Michigan bill to lower Rx drug costs instead would raise them

April 5, 2018 | Stephen Rapundalo

A House bill promises to increase transparency and lower prescription costs. Don’t believe the hype. Real reform is needed but should focus on middlemen who keep customer prices high.

Opinion | Nestlé water deal is bad economics – and bad policy – for Michigan

April 3, 2018 | Mike Taillard

For just $5,000 and a small annual fee, the giant corporation will extract thousands of water that it will mark up to consumers. Michigan inevitably will get stuck with the bill.

Opinion: Women-led startups are underfunded. We need to fix that.

April 3, 2018 | Emily Heintz

It’s time to talk about another gender gap: There’s not enough female venture capitalists, and the imbalance isn’t just bad for diversity. It’s bad for business.

Opinion: Clueless Betsy DeVos has defender-in-chief in Bill Schuette

March 29, 2018 | Paula Herbart

Michigan’s attorney general continues to defend the charter schools champion, long after the rest of Michigan realized her policies were destructive.

Opinion | Michigan infrastructure rebuild can’t be borne by local communities

March 27, 2018 | John Austin

The Trump infrastructure plan reminds Michigan that many local governments can’t self-finance their own renewal

Opinion | Sen. Arlan Meekhof to Michigan residents: Leave politicians alone!

March 16, 2018 | Jane Briggs-Bunting

Michigan is the only state that exempts the governor, lieutenant governor and legislature from its public records laws. And Meekhof, the Senate Majority Leader, aims to keep it that way.

Opinion | Criminal justice reform is the right thing to do, for all of Michigan

March 15, 2018 | Doug DeVos

Doug DeVos urges passage of bipartisan bills aimed at making our criminal justice system smart on crime but soft on taxpayers.

Opinion | Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

March 15, 2018 | Amber Arellano

Michigan needs to follow the path of leading states, with high-caliber training and support of principals and teachers in literacy instruction.

The future of work in Michigan

March 13, 2018 | Tom Watkins

Leaders who promise manufacturing will provide full employment for unskilled laborers are not serving our state or nation well. Sticking your head in the sand would be a better strategy.

Success for every child, and how one Michigan county falls short

March 6, 2018 | Lew Chamberlin

When we invest in early childhood services, especially for the most vulnerable, babies are born healthy, families are strengthened and children are on track for growth and success.

Opinion | A Valentine’s Day in which children actually come last

March 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler

Our lack of concern for children begins far earlier than their exposure to gunfire by intruders with assault weapons.

Opinion | Don’t let Islamophobia spoil Abdul El-Sayed’s campaign for governor

February 27, 2018 | Jermain Jones

Yes, this is an important race for Democrats. But their fear about voters’ perceptions shouldn’t preemptively kill the dynamic young doctor’s campaign.

Opinion: Fox meet henhouse ‒ what happens if industry runs Michigan DEQ

February 22, 2018 | Chris Kolb

Current bills that would give oil, mining or other industry reps oversight over the state’s environmental agency would be a disaster for Michigan.

The revolution has started. Now Michigan must lead it.

February 22, 2018 | Rick Snyder

Gov. Snyder predicts a future where traditional school degrees are replaced by a more targeted, competency based approach to job skills and lifelong learning.

After Amazon, Michigan needs more students educated beyond high school

February 20, 2018 | Brandy Johnson

Michigan residents need the 21st-Century skills necessary to compete in the global market economy.

Michigan’s DEQ needs reform. Oversight boards are a common sense solution.

February 14, 2018 | Rich Studley, Carl Bednarski

Critics who fear giving industry representatives a seat on panels reviewing DEQ decisions are worried about losing their own influence.

Michigan youth in the juvenile justice system don’t have the luxury of time

February 13, 2018 | Paul Elam

Despite reforms, the state’s juvenile justice system remains inconsistent in how juveniles are punished and without a way to track the system’s performance statewide.

Farmers have carrots. Schools need veggies. A Michigan success story.

February 8, 2018 | Diane Conners

A state pilot program that rewards farmers for providing produce to local schools should be funded across Michigan.

Get real. Detroit wasn’t ready for Amazon. So don’t blame transit.

February 6, 2018 | Bill Johnson

Despite progress, a city with so many negatives isn’t ready to compete for big projects. Acknowledge it, and make improvements, not excuses.