Guest Commentary

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Opinion | When doctors don’t do their homework, they enable opioid abuse

January 4, 2018 | Rebecca Cunningham

To reduce drug abuse, a new law requires doctors to check a patient’s drug history on a state database before prescribing dangerous narcotics. But the law only works if doctors follow it.

Special education funding falls more heavily on urban school districts

December 21, 2017 | Craig Thiel, Sarah Reckhow

While the state requires special education services for eligible students, it only funds a portion of the overall costs.

Jail official: State funding for mental health will reduce crime and save money

December 19, 2017 | Troy Goodnough

A pilot program in Monroe County helps jail inmates take control of their mental health, making them less likely to reoffend when they get out.   

Michigan leaders have tunnel vision on Line 5

December 19, 2017 | Jim Olson

Gov. Snyder and the state are not fulfilling their duty to residents to find alternatives to the Enbridge pipeline that flows under the Straits of Mackinac

Gov. Snyder betrays Michigan with foolish Line 5 deal

December 7, 2017 | Jim Lively

Residents have made it clear: The oil pipeline should be decommissioned. So why isn’t the governor listening?

Eliminating the scourge of fraternity hazing in Michigan

November 30, 2017 | T.R. Shaw Jr.

Hazing, alcohol and sexual abuse at the University of Michigan, Ohio State and other college campuses threaten young lives, and the future of the Greek system.

Michigan’s ballast water restriction in Great Lakes hasn’t worked

November 18, 2017 | Dan Meeuwsen

The state law, meant to keep out invasive species, doesn’t work because no other lake states follow it. That means ships now bypass Michigan for ports in other states, hurting our businesses and economy.

Prosecution of Michigan health officials fueled by fear

November 18, 2017 | Janet Olszewski

Nick Lyon and Eden Wells are public servants of integrity; their prosecution creates the suggestion of scapegoating.

Michigan hunters don’t need more deer

November 15, 2017 | Marvin Roberson

An overabundance of deer causes thousands of car crashes and millions of dollars in crop damage annually. Yet the state DNR keeps pushing for more deer, which serves hunters at the expense of the general public.

Waste in the water ‒ why Michigan needs a state septic code

November 13, 2017 | Joan Rose

Roughly half of Michigan’s rivers and streams exceed safety standards for E. coli bacteria, yet we are the only state without a uniform septic code.

Wayne State launches Innovation Hub to speed entrepreneurial growth

November 9, 2017 | W. David Tarver, Keith Whitfield

The program, launching Nov. 15, is intended to help students and faculty in all academic fields seize the opportunity to innovate.

When Lansing writes laws based on emotion, rather than facts

November 8, 2017 | Michelle Minton

The author predicted back in 2011 that a law passed to regulate beer kegs would not reduce underage drinking. It didn’t. How did she know? The evidence was right in front of lawmakers, had they cared to look.

Stop Michigan DNR from doubling bag limit on brook trout

November 7, 2017 | Bryan Burroughs

A state commission is voting this week on whether to double the daily catch limit from 5 to 10, despite research showing it would deplete Michigan streams and go against the wishes of anglers.

Fixing fake news is on all of us

November 3, 2017 | Andrea Poole

Like so much in life, it’s easier to believe ‒ and click on ‒ what fits our own worldview. Here are some tips on identifying less credible news stories that flit across your news feed.

Lansing dozes as infrastructure crumbles

November 3, 2017 | Mike Nystrom

Michigan routinely chooses to react to crisis after crisis instead of properly funding infrastructure systems that keep our communities safe

We can’t solve healthcare without an honest debate on government’s role

November 2, 2017 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

In America, we’ve never really answered the core issue about who should pay for health care and why. Is healthcare a product driven by markets? Or a social good for the benefit of all?

Michigan’s future at stake in fixing public education

October 31, 2017 | John Austin

We know how to improve our public schools; the governor’s education commission and numerous studies provide the blueprint. What we need from state leaders is the political will.

Yes, Michigan’s schools are failing. But don’t blame it on parents.

October 24, 2017 | Sarah Lenhoff

The author takes a State Board of Education member to task for denying that our public schools are in crisis, and cites three policy changes that can boost learning in Michigan.

Take your college ranking guide and burn it

October 19, 2017 | Patrick O'Connor

Unless you happen to live next to a college ranking guide, the list you just paid for was put together by someone who knows absolutely nothing about your child

Now is the time for Michigan high school seniors to pursue college dreams

October 19, 2017 | Brian Whiston

Getting students focused on a path that excites and inspires them will help prepare them for postsecondary success and a fulfilling career.