Guest Commentary

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Three ways Michigan can lead on electric vehicles

October 17, 2017 | Liesl Clark

There are policy barriers that must be overcome for Michigan to lead the nation in the EV revolution.  

Some good news on poverty, but Michigan still has a long way to go

October 12, 2017 | Peter Ruark

The poverty rate for African Americans and Native Americans has fallen significantly in Michigan, and that’s good. But if we can’t provide workers with a living wage or the skills to get a good job, broad financial hardship will persist.

Fighting to maintain life on Michigan’s island communities

October 10, 2017 | Ken Winter

Paying for services is hard enough for many Michigan communities. Providing them in island communities may be even harder.

Opinion | Thoughts and prayers won’t stop America’s gun carnage

October 5, 2017 | Rob Davidson

An emergency room doctor and Democratic candidate for Congress offers gun-control recommendations for lawmakers in Washington.

Reining in ‘special authorities’ that don’t represent the people

October 5, 2017 | Eric Lupher

Some government authorities representing Michigan counties or towns are allowed to raise taxes or issue debt even when their voting members do not equally  represent the residents of that region.

Tracking dark money in Michigan politics just got harder

September 26, 2017 | Craig Mauger

A new law signed by Gov. Snyder makes it easier to get around how much can be spent on candidates’ campaigns in Michigan, and harder to determine who is behind the money.

Kid Rock may be more popular than Stabenow. But a poll saying so is shady.

September 22, 2017 | Richard Czuba

The media, and pollsters themselves, should agree to publicize only legitimate public surveys. Clickbait stories about bad ones can have real consequences.

A community ArtPrize project aims to make kindness more common

September 22, 2017 | Lori Tubbergen Clark, Azlan Ibrahim

If the aim of art is to change the beholder, even a little, this one has its heart in the right place.

Ban open-water fish farms on Michigan’s Great Lakes

September 21, 2017 | Rick Jones, Gary Howell

The accidental release of farm-raised salmon in Washington shows the peril if Michigan were to allow open-water farms in our lakes, streams and rivers. Open-water farms spread disease, waste and the threat of harmful, invasive species.

Oppose efforts to turn Belle Isle into a veritable racetrack

September 14, 2017 | Michael Betzold

The DNR is poised to renew a contract for Grand Prix races that turn much of the beloved island into a concrete barrier during the spring.

It’s not a secret: Good jobs are available in Michigan. Closing the talent gap is key to filling them.

September 8, 2017 | Roger Curtis

Today’s clean manufacturing jobs are not yesterday’s dirty ones, and they don’t all require college degrees. They do require training. The state is trying to help. 

Public investment is vital to Michigan. Low taxes don’t boost incomes.

September 7, 2017 | Lou Glazer

The state needs more revenue to make investments necessary to attract good-paying jobs and train workforce.

Bad government caused Detroit’s decline. Don’t blame the riot. (Slideshow)

September 1, 2017 | John Mogk

Urban violence is the easy answer for the decline of Michigan’s largest city. But many policy decisions, before and after the unrest, played a larger part in depopulation and its related problems.

Long-term sustainable growth is possible, and Michigan is well-positioned for it

September 1, 2017 | Jeff Mason

Strategic action to spur investment in the state’s job creation -- and in its communities -- is the key to success.

Kid Rock is a disgrace. Why is he first act of Little Caesars Arena?

August 31, 2017 | Camille Johnson

Detroit taxpayers subsidized the city’s new arena. It’s a bad look to have its first performance be from a singer who championed the Confederacy.

Shared-parenting bill aims for fewer every-other-weekend fathers

August 25, 2017 | Linda Wright

Unless a parent is abusive or otherwise unfit, he or she (but mostly he) deserves more than the drop-in privileges he’s likely to get in most divorces. 

In Michigan, the fight isn’t over statues, but immigrants

August 25, 2017 | John Austin

Don’t get smug about events in Charlottesville, not when Michigan residents marched with white nationalists, and our racial history is as rancorous as the South’s.

A modest proposal: Michigan’s economic policies should focus on increasing incomes for all

August 22, 2017 | Lou Glazer

State should invest in education skills that acknowledge workers will switch jobs throughout their 40-year careers.

Gov. Snyder has the power to grant second chances. He should use it.

August 18, 2017 | Natalie Holbrook, D. Korbin Felder

Even those convicted of violent crimes deserve a chance at parole or commutation. It would reduce corrections costs and open the door to other, more effective interventions. 

Three great Michigan universities are driving innovation. Why is funding still flagging?

August 18, 2017 | Lou Anna K. Simon, Mark Schlissel, M. Roy Wilson

The University Research Corridor encompasses economic sectors that touch one in eight Michigan jobs. It deserves support.