Guest Commentary

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School choice and quality don’t always go together

December 2, 2016 | Paul Ruth

It’s essential for our communities to have quality education available for their children. But choice isn’t the way to get there

Vulnerable kids can’t improve reading if their parents can’t help

December 1, 2016 | Michele Corey

A new law that will hold back students who can’t read by third grade is intended to boost early reading skills so that retention is not necessary. For this to work, state must take steps to help low-education parents help their children at home

How bottled water undermines public trust

November 18, 2016 | Eric Baerren

Michigan tap water is clean, safe and cheap, but people who profit from putting it in a bottle would like you to suspect theirs is better. That's good for profits, but bad for the public

Here’s looking at you, kids, and we’ll help you get a good start

November 11, 2016 | La June Montgomery Tabron, Rip Rapson

Two prominent foundations are launching an initiative to put attention and resources into early childhood, when they’re most likely to pay lasting dividends

Faced with a labor shortage, companies create their own pipeline

November 11, 2016 | Aaron Price

Skilled labor apprentices is not a new idea. But this company adapted it to their industry, and their new employees’ needs

Michigan Chamber: Senate energy bill supports customer choice and competition

November 9, 2016 | Rich Studley

The chamber takes issue with criticism from the Mackinac Center that the current energy legislation being considered in Lansing gives too much control over energy policy to the state’s largest utilities.

Electricity ratepayers bear heavier burden in Michigan

November 9, 2016 | Larry Ward

Affordable energy is essential for growth, but residential, commercial and industrial users here are paying more than our neighbors in the Midwest

As state economy recovers, commercial real estate adjusts to fit

November 4, 2016 | Peter Allen

Younger people know what they want in a city as they start their careers, and it’s not what their parents wanted – or could even imagine.

One house, one family at a time, immigrants are helping refill Detroit

November 3, 2016 | Steve Tobocman

That the city has lost U.S.-born residents isn’t news. That the foreign-born are taking their places – and improving the city in the bargain – might be

‘No Labels’ movement, an antidote to congressional gridlock

November 1, 2016 | R. Griffith McDonald

Join a movement of consensus-minded Democrats, Republicans and Independents to break the congressional logjam in Washington by supporting common-sense goals for securing America’s future

Future doctors push for water policy changes

October 28, 2016 | Bahar Zarrabian, James Conwell

One early whistleblower in the water crisis was a doctor. Upcoming classes of medical students vows to continue the scrutiny, and pressure on the state to consider long-term solutions

Mackinac: Senate energy bill would end electricity choice

October 25, 2016 | Jason Hayes, Ted Bolema

The writers argue that, far from expanding choice for Michigan residents, the energy package would consolidate control for the state’s largest utilities

High-stakes testing doesn’t get any higher than the gaokao

October 21, 2016 | Peiyu Yu

A single notorious, grueling college-entrance exam taken by Chinese students determines the course of their academic future. In its own way, it works for China, but leaves much to be desired

Can brownfield development happen without government’s help?

October 14, 2016 | Sen. Ken Horn

A Republican state senator argues that Michigan’s cities need common-sense public-private partnerships to spur revitalization of their post-industrial cores.

Building on Obamacare, warts and all

October 13, 2016 | Marianne Udow-Phillips

Rising premiums, underinsurance and departing providers are certainly problems, but problems that are worth fixing within the existing structure of the ACA

Michigan schools continue to flail, but no one trusts the solutions

October 7, 2016 | Ron Koehler

Tax reform? We have consensus on that. Schools? Not so much, but this educator has some suggestions

The teaching method that can save Michigan schools

October 6, 2016 | Bill Sower

This powerful teaching method is avoided by school leaders and attacked by education experts. Why

A vote for improved regional transit is a vote for better health

September 30, 2016 | Jean Meyer

How so? Because people who can rely on a bus or train can get to doctors' offices, to jobs, to activities. It all adds up to a healthier region.

Wells Fargo shenanigans robbed consumers, but there’s a better way

September 23, 2016 | Dave Adams

Tired of being nickel-and-dimed – and defrauded – by a big, corporate bank? There’s an alternative

Pass Flint authority to ensure water funds used effectively

September 20, 2016 | Sen. Jim Ananich

State Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, argues for more urgency on the part of government in helping Flint residents gain the benefits of relief effort