Guest Commentary


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.

Opinion | Michigan’s private colleges must play vital role boosting college attainment

April 16, 2019 | Jeff Abernathy

Michigan is facing a talent gap – a gap that must be filled by more people with college degrees, says the president of Alma College

Opinion | Why build a huge Wayne County Jail when there are fewer inmates?

April 12, 2019 | Dennis M. Haffey

A longtime attorney argues that changes in laws will mean fewer inmates. So why are we building a behemoth jail?

Opinion| Michigan schools need a fairer funding model for all students

April 11, 2019 | Randy Liepa

One of the five candidates in the running to become the next Michigan State Superintendent explains why he backs a study calling for more education funding.

Opinion | Why Michigan’s economic ‘good times’ aren’t that good, in 11 slides

April 9, 2019 | Lou Glazer

Yes, unemployment is low. But so is income. Michigan has become a low-prosperity state.

Opinion | Abolish homeowner real property tax to spur Detroit's comeback

April 9, 2019 | John E. Mogk

We won’t rebuild Detroit’s middle class without thinking outside the box. Here’s one idea.

Opinion | If we want to improve Michigan schools, start with breakfast

April 9, 2019 | Wanda Cook-Robinson

Thousands of children in the state’s richest county are getting free breakfast at school. Here’s why - and why more schools should consider it.

Opinion | We need the news, but we don’t want to pay for it

April 9, 2019 | Lauren Ross

Most of us aren’t paying for news today, and it’s killing the publications that cover local news.

Opinion | Michigan needs auto insurance reform. But don’t scrap No-Fault

April 8, 2019 | Phil Weaver

Michigan should work to eliminate insurance fraud and medical service fees instead of eliminating benefits for auto accident victims.

Opinion | Time to raise the age for juvenile justice in Michigan

April 3, 2019 | Graham Filler

Michigan is one of the last states to treat 17-year-olds like adults in our court system. That’s not doing them or the state any favors.

Opinion | It’s time to invest in Michigan’s environment and economy

April 3, 2019 | Liesl Clark

The director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality makes a pitch for environmental cleanup as an economic engine.

Opinion | Here’s a secret: Things cost money. That money comes from taxes

April 1, 2019 | Ned Staebler

Michigan has systematically disinvested in roads and schools. It’s time to turn that boat around.

Opinion | Hiring workers with autism is good business, not charity

March 31, 2019 | Brian Calley

Michigan’s former lieutenant governor says more should be done to provide opportunities for those with autism.

Opinion | Softening Michigan civil asset forfeiture laws helps drug dealers

March 26, 2019 | Robert Stevenson

Livonia’s retired police chief makes a case for cops keeping assets of suspected drug dealers, even without a criminal conviction.

Opinion | There’s another infrastructure that needs maintained - health information

March 22, 2019 | Tim Pletcher

Michigan is a leader in health information networks. We need to stay there.

Opinion | As we fix Michigan’s damn roads, fix the damn funding formula

March 22, 2019 | Robert Ficano

A law passed in 1951 is short-changing Michigan’s metropolitan areas, where roads are most heavily traveled.

Opinion | Calm down, Michigan, the sky isn’t falling, nor is school funding

March 20, 2019 | Ben DeGrow

Michigan Sen. Dayna Polehanki, D-Livonia, penned a guest commentary questioning the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s views on school funding. Here’s the Mackinac Center’s response.

Opinion | There’s no excuse for Michigan kids going to bed hungry

March 19, 2019 | Phil Knight

Too many families deal with food insecurity. We have to work together to end it.

Opinion | College admission scandal: Don’t be blinded by ‘elite’ schools

March 15, 2019 | Patrick O'Connor

Most families don’t cheat. But many feel pressure to get their kids into the “right” college. But what if the “right” school isn’t at the top of all the lists? A college adviser warns of the limits of college rankings.

Opinion | My Michigan roads plan won’t break your pocketbook

March 15, 2019 | Jeff Yaroch

A 45-cent tax increase on a gallon of gas is ridiculous, says a Republican representative who pitches other ways to fund road repairs.