Guest Commentary

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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.

Opinion | Fixing Michigan infrastructure crisis takes new thinking about funding.

September 17, 2018 | Peter Adriaens

It’s no secret that infrastructure is crumbling in Michigan. Governments need to think beyond traditional borrowing to fix the problem.

Opinion | Why computers alone can’t fix Michigan gerrymandering

September 12, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Why do we need a redistricting commission made up of fallible, possibly biased people to redraw Michigan’s political boundaries? Can’t a computer do that? Eric Lupher explains why you need both

Opinion | Aretha Franklin eulogy was true. Single-parent homes created chaos for blacks.

September 11, 2018 | Bill Johnson

Funeral was the wrong venue for Jasper Williams’ message, but black America needs to have a dialogue about the link between poverty, crime and drugs and out-of-wedlock births.

Opinion | Reports of Obamacare’s demise are greatly exaggerated, especially in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Megan Foster Friedman, Maggi Randolph

The health insurance market in Michigan is surprisingly robust, say experts from the Center for Health Research and Transformation.

Opinion | Michigan’s solar energy policy is fair. I know because I helped write it

September 7, 2018 | Aric Nesbitt

Aric Nesbitt was chair of a House committee that worked on a comprehensive state energy policy for two years, and he disagrees with those who say the law cripples solar energy in Michigan.

Opinion | Michigan continues to overcharge drivers of older vehicles

September 7, 2018 | Tom Herbon

Tom Herbon pays more in vehicle registration fees for an old, $4,500 Cadillac than his daughter pays for a $22,000 minivan. That needs to change, says the retired engineer.

Opinion | This Labor Day, let’s get workers the overtime pay they deserve

August 30, 2018 | Nick Hanauer, Sen. Jim Ananich

It's time to bolster the forgotten middle class by finally expanding overtime eligibility here in Michigan.

Opinion: Taking Michigan to great at 2018 West Michigan Policy Forum

August 30, 2018 | John Kennedy

As business leaders, it’s our responsibility to help Michigan keep its position as a welcoming home for companies and employees, and give children access to excellent education

Opinion | Grand Rapids Mayor: Leave harsh work rules out of SNAP farm bill

August 29, 2018 | Rosalynn Bliss

No city can thrive if its children and seniors are hungry. A Michigan House bill would leave many children, seniors and disabled residents without access to healthy food.

Opinion | Want my vote? Pay attention to Michiganders too young to vote

August 28, 2018 | Matt Gillard

Our state fails many of its youngest citizens. Children advocate Matt Gillard has a list of questions we should ask all politicians this fall.

Opinion | Michigan residents, businesses must fight for solar energy rights

August 23, 2018 | John Freeman, Becky Stanfield

Saving money by installing solar panels will be harder to do unless the legislature steps in, say two solar energy advocates.

Opinion | When did stealing from Michigan kids become an easier political decision than raising taxes

August 23, 2018 | Gilda Jacobs

Shifting money from K-12 schools to higher education was supposed to be a one-time thing. It’s become an annual occurrence, and it needs to stop, says Gilda Jacobs

Opinion | The primary election is over: Let’s talk about public health

August 21, 2018 | Eric Lupher

It doesn’t get the attention of an issue like crumbling roads, but public health is a vital part of our infrastructure, and we need to invest in it.

Opinion | I’m a shooting victim, and I know harsh prison sentences don’t work

August 16, 2018 | Aswad Thomas

Aswad Thomas was going to be a professional basketball player until two bullets changed his life. Now he’s an advocate for crime survivors.

Opinion | Freshwater coast is key to Michigan and ‘Rust Belt’ revival

August 15, 2018 | John Austin

The magic of the Great Lakes and freshwater coast may be one of the few things more powerful than today’s polarized politics

Opinion | We must determine if Michigan PFAS health risks actually exist

August 9, 2018 | Brian Steglitz

Don’t freak out about the newest alleged threat to our health until the experts check it out, says a water treatment facility official

Opinion | Michigan is in the midst of a literacy crisis

July 31, 2018 | Tamara Bashore-Berg

Our children can’t succeed if they can’t read. It’s time we do something about it.