Guest Commentary

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Sen. Arlan Meekhof to Michigan residents: Leave politicians alone!

March 16, 2018 | Jane Briggs-Bunting

Michigan is the only state that exempts the governor, lieutenant governor and legislature from its public records laws. And Meekhof, the Senate Majority Leader, aims to keep it that way.

Criminal justice reform is the right thing to do, for all of Michigan

March 15, 2018 | Doug DeVos

Doug DeVos urges passage of bipartisan bills aimed at making our criminal justice system smart on crime but soft on taxpayers.

Let’s get strategic in improving third-grade reading in Michigan

March 15, 2018 | Amber Arellano

Michigan needs to follow the path of leading states, with high-caliber training and support of principals and teachers in literacy instruction.

The future of work in Michigan

March 13, 2018 | Tom Watkins

Leaders who promise manufacturing will provide full employment for unskilled laborers are not serving our state or nation well. Sticking your head in the sand would be a better strategy.

Success for every child, and how one Michigan county falls short

March 6, 2018 | Lew Chamberlin

When we invest in early childhood services, especially for the most vulnerable, babies are born healthy, families are strengthened and children are on track for growth and success.

A Valentine’s Day in which children actually come last

March 1, 2018 | Ron Koehler

Our lack of concern for children begins far earlier than their exposure to gunfire by intruders with assault weapons.

Don’t let Islamophobia spoil Abdul El-Sayed’s campaign for governor

February 27, 2018 | Jermain Jones

Yes, this is an important race for Democrats. But their fear about voters’ perceptions shouldn’t preemptively kill the dynamic young doctor’s campaign.

Fox meet henhouse ‒ what happens if industry runs Michigan DEQ

February 22, 2018 | Chris Kolb

Current bills that would give oil, mining or other industry reps oversight over the state’s environmental agency would be a disaster for Michigan.

The revolution has started. Now Michigan must lead it.

February 22, 2018 | Rick Snyder

Gov. Snyder predicts a future where traditional school degrees are replaced by a more targeted, competency based approach to job skills and lifelong learning.

After Amazon, Michigan needs more students educated beyond high school

February 20, 2018 | Brandy Johnson

Michigan residents need the 21st-Century skills necessary to compete in the global market economy.

Michigan’s DEQ needs reform. Oversight boards are a common sense solution.

February 14, 2018 | Rich Studley, Carl Bednarski

Critics who fear giving industry representatives a seat on panels reviewing DEQ decisions are worried about losing their own influence.

Michigan youth in the juvenile justice system don’t have the luxury of time

February 13, 2018 | Paul Elam

Despite reforms, the state’s juvenile justice system remains inconsistent in how juveniles are punished and without a way to track the system’s performance statewide.

Farmers have carrots. Schools need veggies. A Michigan success story.

February 8, 2018 | Diane Conners

A state pilot program that rewards farmers for providing produce to local schools should be funded across Michigan.

Get real. Detroit wasn’t ready for Amazon. So don’t blame transit.

February 6, 2018 | Bill Johnson

Despite progress, a city with so many negatives isn’t ready to compete for big projects. Acknowledge it, and make improvements, not excuses.

The Mackinac Center explains where poop goes in Michigan

February 2, 2018 | Jason Hayes, Garrick Anderson

Mackinac takes aim at a trade group’s video that suggests aging infrastructure is to blame for poop flowing into Michigan’s lakes and rivers. In fact, poop is designed to enter the water so it won’t back into our homes.

Why does Michigan honor a slave-holding senator, while forgetting a senator who fought slavery?

February 1, 2018 | John Mogk

Rethinking why we still celebrate U.S. Sen. Lewis Cass, who owned and sold slaves, and helped implement national “Indian Removal” policies.

Don’t believe the hype. Mike Duggan didn’t save Detroit.

January 30, 2018 | Karen Dumas

Detroit was never as bad as the media once portrayed. And the city isn’t as good as they say it is now.

Tax cuts over college grads ‒ no wonder Michigan struggles

January 25, 2018 | Lou Glazer

The most successful U.S. states are not characterized by low taxes, but by high levels of college graduates in the knowledge economy.

How liberal critics of gentrification are hurting the poor

January 11, 2018 | Jason Segedy

The very people who claim to be fighting entrenched poverty in places like Detroit are inadvertently perpetuating it.

Robots don’t have to win: Michigan has what it takes to create jobs

January 11, 2018 | John Austin

In every fast growing sector linked to solving the world’s big challenges, Michigan has the expertise to show the way.