Guest Commentary

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Opinion | Blaming deposits on low recycling is idea that should be trashed

May 15, 2018 | Sean Hammond

Ditching the 10-cent per bottle deposit law is a seriously bad idea.

Opinion | Don’t punish schools because Johnny can’t read. Invest in them instead.

May 10, 2018 | Nancy Flanagan

A former Michigan Teacher of the Year reminds us that we’ve long worried about how well our children read, but we keep ignoring the real solutions

Opinion | Michigan term limits sounded good, but they’ve failed

May 8, 2018 | Eric Lupher

Michigan has had a quarter century of experience with term limits, but the promises of a more dynamic democracy never came to fruition.

Opinion | Can Michigan at least agree to protect puppies? Apparently not.

May 8, 2018 | Molly Tamulevich

A bill being considered in the Michigan House would bar local communities from instituting ordinances that ban the retail sale of puppies on stores. Some pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills.

I worked hard for my degree. But I won’t attend MSU graduation today.

May 4, 2018 | Bonnie McGill

The writer, a doctoral student, said she, like victims of Larry Nassar, faced indifference from the school after she sought help for sexually harassment

Opinion | Michigan’s recycling efforts dragged down by unfair deposit law

May 2, 2018 | Amy Drumm

Bottle deposits may have made sense in 1976. But today they’re depressing recycling rates and limiting consumer options.

Opinion | Want to improve literacy in Michigan? Restore school librarians

May 1, 2018 | Kathy Lester

As the number of school librarians dropped, so did Michigan’s literacy rank. One school librarian doesn’t think that’s a coincidence.

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to invest in our kids

May 1, 2018 | Denise Smith

Early childhood is the time when a good education can make the most difference. Yet it’s where we invest the least. That needs to change.

Opinion | Michigan is making a difference in STEM education

April 26, 2018 | Patrick Colbeck

The robots are coming, and it’s a good thing, says state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, an engineer, who argues for continued investment in STEM programs in Michigan public schools.

Opinion | Beware of unintended consequences of Michigan Medicaid work demand

April 20, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Renuka Tipirneni, Luke Shaefer

Most adult Medicaid recipients already work, are in school or face real obstacles to jobs. And without investing in childcare or other support, many low-income parents would face a bind.

Opinion | Denhollander: MSU, please stop lying about Nassar victims

April 19, 2018 | Rachael Denhollander

Rachael Denhollander says MSU interim leader John Engler and his team are using the same smears against Larry Nassar’s female victims as Nassar’s defense lawyers.

Opinion | Healthy rivers and lakes attract investment to Michigan communities

April 18, 2018 | Jon Allan

A Huron River study suggests that Michigan’s blue economy can bring businesses, workers and joy to towns across the state

Opinion | English as Michigan’s official language? How Lansing spends its time.

April 17, 2018 | Victoria Crouse

Victoria Crouse recalls the fear associated with learning English when she came to Michigan as a child. She wonders if the point of a bill making English the official language is to make immigrants more fearful.

Opinion | Michigan Teacher of the Year: 5 ways to motivate students

April 17, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Math teacher Luke Wilcox disputes the notion that it isn’t a teacher’s job to motivate students. He offers his top strategies for motivating students to care.

Opinion | An all-white slate is a disaster for Michigan Democrats

April 17, 2018 | Steve Hood

President Trump’s unpopularity should have made this an easy election year for Democrats. But they shot themselves in the foot with the least diverse slate in years.

Opinion | I was discussing gun policy. He threatened to shoot my campaign worker.

April 12, 2018 | Margaret O’Brien

Sen. Margaret O’Brien understands if you disagree with her about guns. But when a discussion at the front door a constituent ended with the resident threatening to get an AR-15, she wrote that the tone of politics has to change.

Opinion: I bought a $500 house to help save Detroit. The city saved me instead.

April 11, 2018 | Drew Philp

A writer makes a home in Detroit. In a captivating TED talk, he calls ‘radical neighborliness’ the city’s finest attribute.

Opinion | $2 more a month for Michigan’s poor isn’t help. It’s an insult.

April 10, 2018 | Coleman A. Young II

A less than 1 percent increase in cash assistance for Michigan’s most needy has state Sen. Coleman A Young II angry.  

Opinion | Michigan bill to lower Rx drug costs instead would raise them

April 5, 2018 | Stephen Rapundalo

A House bill promises to increase transparency and lower prescription costs. Don’t believe the hype. Real reform is needed but should focus on middlemen who keep customer prices high.

Opinion | Nestlé water deal is bad economics – and bad policy – for Michigan

April 3, 2018 | Mike Taillard

For just $5,000 and a small annual fee, the giant corporation will extract thousands of water that it will mark up to consumers. Michigan inevitably will get stuck with the bill.