Guest Commentary


Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s school budget helps students succeed

May 30, 2019 | Chris Wigent

The current school funding model is broken. The plan laid out by Michigan’s new governor begins to fix it.

Opinion | Current, former Republican Speakers seek Michigan jail reform

May 24, 2019 | Lee Chatfield, Craig DeRoche, Jase Bolger

Incarceration rates are down and our neighborhoods are safer. But there’s still more work to be done on criminal justice reform, say three leading Republicans.

Opinion | Michigan shouldn’t scrap arts requirement for high school

May 24, 2019 | Ryan Shaw

Bills now in the Legislature would allow students to substitute career tech for art. That’s a problem if we want to build well-rounded adults.

Opinion | Children in Michigan are also victimized by opioid abuse

May 24, 2019 | Michele Corey

Opioid abuse and deaths have a huge impact on children in affected families. Michigan needs to figure out how to help them.

Opinion | Gays don’t need to be ‘fixed.’ Michigan must ban conversion therapy

May 21, 2019 | Mallory McMorrow

Sixteen states have banned conversion therapy, the controversial practice of trying to turn LGBTQ youth to embrace heterosexuality. It’s time for Michigan to join them.

Opinion | Gov. Whitmer’s education plan will help Michigan schools like mine

May 15, 2019 | David Simpson

A middle school principal makes a pitch for Gretchen Whitmer’s plan for more school funding, and different ways of splitting up those dollars

Opinion | Schools and researchers must collaborate to help Detroit students

May 15, 2019 | Sarah Winchell Lenhoff, Ben Pogodzinski, Erica Edwards

Detroit neighborhoods with higher rates of asthma have higher school absenteeism. One in five students switched schools during the year. Data can be a valuable tool when researchers are in touch with a city’s challenges.

Opinion | Here’s how Gov. Whitmer can limit impact of Medicaid work requirements

May 14, 2019 | Samuel R. Bagenstos

A law professor makes a public case for how Gov. Whitmer could undercut the GOP’s work requirements for Michigan’s Medicaid recipients.

Opinion | Puncturing the myths about Michigan road funding

May 13, 2019 | Mike Nystrom

Michigan roads have to be fixed and the money has to come from somewhere. Mike Nystrom responds to some of the common questions.

Opinion | Line 5’s environmental calamities started when it was built

May 9, 2019 | Jeffrey Insko

There were concerns about a pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac from the beginning. Now’s not the time to start the cycle over again with a tunnel.

Opinion | President Trump’s tariffs hobble Michigan’s automotive future

May 9, 2019 | Mike Alaimo

Michigan is a state built on wheels. Tariffs threaten to puncture the tires.

Opinion | Jail bonds hurt more than just the poor

May 7, 2019 | Alisha Bell

Three out of five jail inmates are awaiting trial, and most are there for property or drug offenses. Wayne County pays $163 a day for those inmates. It’s time to eliminate the cash bail system.

Opinion | Michigan colleges trample free speech. My bill protects speech.

May 7, 2019 | John Reilly

A Republican legislator wants to make sure students and speakers invited to college campuses by students can have their say.

Opinion | Let’s move people, not just cars, with $2.5 billion in Michigan road funding

May 1, 2019 | Sean Hammond

It takes more than asphalt to fix Michigan’s transportation system. Let's think of ways to encourage non-vehicle movement, too.

Opinion | Michigan schools must stop ignoring gifted education

April 30, 2019 | Sherry Sparks

Eliminating gifted education programs has hurt individuals, and Michigan’s economy

Opinion | Where’s Moses? New Michigan social studies standards are biased.

April 30, 2019 | Michael Warren

Oakland Circuit Court Judge and noted conservative Michael Warren isn’t happy with a new draft of the standards that would guide the teaching of history in Michigan classrooms.

Opinion | Six ways Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers can protect Michigan water

April 28, 2019 | Dave Dempsey

Groundwater is invisible until your well is contaminated. But that does not mean it's unimportant. We need more investment and awareness of the dangers.

Opinion | Michigan drivers pay small gas tax now. The free ride is over.

April 25, 2019 | Ronald Fisher

The average Michigan driver pays about $10 a month in gas tax. They believe they’re paying a lot more.

Opinion | Ending pot board is Whitmer payback to Michigan marijuana lobby

April 24, 2019 | Don Bailey

Licensing board member Don Bailey accuses Gov. Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel of putting political favors ahead of public safety and  predicts the criminal element will thrive in marijuana industry.

Opinion | Michigan must fix school funding model for students to shine

April 22, 2019 | Padma Kuppa

As an immigrant and a legislator, Padma Kuppa writes that she knows the value of an education, and Michigan needs to invest more.