Guest Commentary


Support Detroit’s renewal, for Michigan's sake

May 20, 2014 | Doug Rothwell

Business Leaders for Michigan supports state legislation that would make a significant financial contribution to Detroit’s future.

Greg MacMaster: Why I oppose the Detroit ‘bailout’

May 13, 2014 | Rep. Greg MacMaster

Detroit has received preferential treatment for years. Here are six reasons I won’t support sending more money Detroit’s way.

Forget traditional schools vs. charters; quality must grace all schools

May 8, 2014 | Tom Watkins

Stop the ideological fights in Lansing and place the focus on appropriate oversight and quality education regardless of its source.

Specialized support for at-risk students is effective

May 1, 2014 | Jeff Brown

For impoverished students, a quality education goes beyond providing a strong curriculum and standardized tests.

Teachers need more training and resources to teach to higher standards

April 24, 2014 | Amber Arellano, Steve Cook

It makes little sense to expect that Michigan students will meet more rigorous college- and career-ready standards without supporting teachers in implementing them and measuring whether students get there.

Parents need help choosing the best school for their children

April 17, 2014 | Dan Varner

Michigan created a vast marketplace of school choice, yet provides parents with almost no tools to gauge school quality.

Texas conservatives to Michigan: Cut prisons now

April 15, 2014 | Derek Cohen, Marc Levin

Texas has shed its “throw-away-the-key” mantra for nonviolent offenders. Seven years ago, it invested in drug courts and community monitoring for low-level offenders. The result: crime is way down, so is recidivism. And the state has saved billions in prison costs.

Aging boomers are ready for their Encore

April 10, 2014 | Beverly Hall Burns

Blessed with better health, a longer life expectancy and the conviction that we can do anything we set our minds to, boomers can make significant contributions for the social good. One program shows how.

Grand Rapids is addressing legacy costs

April 8, 2014 | Gregory Sundstrom

A remarkable transformation has taken place in Grand Rapids, with the city cutting costs and controlling pension and health-care obligations

To combat child obesity, Michigan needs more phys ed

April 8, 2014 | Mike Maisner

Michigan schools have no minimum requirement for for K-8 physical education. A pending bill would require younger children to receive at least 90 minutes of phys ed a week.

Volunteer school board members deserve adequate training

April 3, 2014 | Kathy Hayes

The public wants school board members to receive the training and professional development to make good decisions on behalf of our students. Currently, Michigan does not require such training for board members.

Albion High slighted in Bridge article

April 1, 2014 | Ashlin Tabiadon

Don’t tell me my teachers at Albion High did not teach me anything! I worked my butt off to accomplish the things that I did in school, including being accepted to college.

Asking the questions that impact students

April 1, 2014 | Michael Rice

In the political debate over the level of school funding in Michigan, one conclusion is clear: fewer resources are finding their way to the classroom than in years past.

Don’t roll back Michigan no-fault insurance protections

March 27, 2014 | Chuck Fellows

Michigan should continue to cover long-term medical expenses for accident victims with catastrophic injuries.

Grand Rapids must deal with its debt

March 20, 2014 | Jacob Ignatoski

If Grand Rapids wants to avoid the kind of financial crisis afflicting Detroit, it must begin to deal decisively with the pension and healthcare debts that are weighing the city down.

There’s economic power in Michigan’s creative industries

March 18, 2014 | Jennifer Goulet, Mark Murray

Creative industries add more than $3 billion and 75,000 jobs to the state’s economy; something to remember in funding school arts programs.

For Sunshine Week, more governmental transparency, please

March 14, 2014 | Charles Hill

Openness in public affairs is a cause that crosses party lines and ideologies. The Michigan Coalition for Open Government was formed to support and encourage it.

Community partnerships to attack Michigan mental health crisis

March 13, 2014 | Larissa N. Niec, Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich

Michigan has one of the highest rates of child abuse in the nation, particularly in rural areas, yet does not have adequate access to mental health services. When care is available, it is more likely to succeed when specialists work with stakeholders in the community.