Guest Commentary

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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. 

I was a public-school Bart Simpson. I have zero tolerance for ‘zero tolerance.’

August 11, 2017 | Alex Rossman

These draconian policies leave no room for discretion, extenuating circumstances or, for that matter, common sense.

A drug called Spinraza could save my life. Will Michigan let it?

August 11, 2017 | Kristen Milefchik

This medicine could be a miracle to those in wheelchairs. But it costs $750,000 per year, and state officials are deciding whether Medicaid will cover it.

Michigan’s economy is broken. And neither party is offering real solutions.

August 8, 2017 | Lou Glazer

There is no way back to the prosperous Michigan economy of the 20th Century. We must face this reality and get to work on ideas that will produce a broad middle class, where household income grows for all Michiganders.

‘Detroit’ movie is an orgy of violence that doesn’t show my city

August 4, 2017 | Donna L. Givens

Blacks in Detroit endured and thrived before and after the violence of 1967. You’d never know it from watching this Hollywood snuff film.

If the government wants your property, what should it pay for it?

August 4, 2017 | Alan Ackerman

If your home or business is standing in the way of progress, determining what you’ll be paid in an eminent-domain seizure isn’t as simple as checking local real-estate listings.