Guest Commentary

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Opinion | Aretha Franklin eulogy was true. Single-parent homes created chaos for blacks.

September 11, 2018 | Bill Johnson

Funeral was the wrong venue for Jasper Williams’ message, but black America needs to have a dialogue about the link between poverty, crime and drugs and out-of-wedlock births.

Opinion | Reports of Obamacare’s demise are greatly exaggerated, especially in Michigan

September 11, 2018 | Marianne Udow-Phillips, Megan Foster Friedman, Maggi Randolph

The health insurance market in Michigan is surprisingly robust, say experts from the Center for Health Research and Transformation.

Opinion | Michigan’s solar energy policy is fair. I know because I helped write it

September 7, 2018 | Aric Nesbitt

Aric Nesbitt was chair of a House committee that worked on a comprehensive state energy policy for two years, and he disagrees with those who say the law cripples solar energy in Michigan.

Opinion | Michigan continues to overcharge drivers of older vehicles

September 7, 2018 | Tom Herbon

Tom Herbon pays more in vehicle registration fees for an old, $4,500 Cadillac than his daughter pays for a $22,000 minivan. That needs to change, says the retired engineer.

Opinion | This Labor Day, let’s get workers the overtime pay they deserve

August 30, 2018 | Nick Hanauer, Sen. Jim Ananich

It's time to bolster the forgotten middle class by finally expanding overtime eligibility here in Michigan.

Opinion: Taking Michigan to great at 2018 West Michigan Policy Forum

August 30, 2018 | John Kennedy

As business leaders, it’s our responsibility to help Michigan keep its position as a welcoming home for companies and employees, and give children access to excellent education

Opinion | Grand Rapids Mayor: Leave harsh work rules out of SNAP farm bill

August 29, 2018 | Rosalynn Bliss

No city can thrive if its children and seniors are hungry. A Michigan House bill would leave many children, seniors and disabled residents without access to healthy food.

Opinion | Want my vote? Pay attention to Michiganders too young to vote

August 28, 2018 | Matt Gillard

Our state fails many of its youngest citizens. Children advocate Matt Gillard has a list of questions we should ask all politicians this fall.

Opinion | Michigan residents, businesses must fight for solar energy rights

August 23, 2018 | John Freeman, Becky Stanfield

Saving money by installing solar panels will be harder to do unless the legislature steps in, say two solar energy advocates.

Opinion | When did stealing from Michigan kids become an easier political decision than raising taxes

August 23, 2018 | Gilda Jacobs

Shifting money from K-12 schools to higher education was supposed to be a one-time thing. It’s become an annual occurrence, and it needs to stop, says Gilda Jacobs

Opinion | The primary election is over: Let’s talk about public health

August 21, 2018 | Eric Lupher

It doesn’t get the attention of an issue like crumbling roads, but public health is a vital part of our infrastructure, and we need to invest in it.

Opinion | I’m a shooting victim, and I know harsh prison sentences don’t work

August 16, 2018 | Aswad Thomas

Aswad Thomas was going to be a professional basketball player until two bullets changed his life. Now he’s an advocate for crime survivors.

Opinion | Freshwater coast is key to Michigan and ‘Rust Belt’ revival

August 15, 2018 | John Austin

The magic of the Great Lakes and freshwater coast may be one of the few things more powerful than today’s polarized politics

Opinion | We must determine if Michigan PFAS health risks actually exist

August 9, 2018 | Brian Steglitz

Don’t freak out about the newest alleged threat to our health until the experts check it out, says a water treatment facility official

Opinion | Michigan is in the midst of a literacy crisis

July 31, 2018 | Tamara Bashore-Berg

Our children can’t succeed if they can’t read. It’s time we do something about it.

Opinion | Learning a lesson in civility from Michigan seventh-graders

July 27, 2018 | Gail Katz

In times of intolerance, a group of middle-schoolers visited the houses of worship of different religions to understand our differences and our similarities. If only adults were as mature.

Opinion | Parents don’t consider charter schools political – why do politicians?

July 26, 2018 | Dan Quisenberry

Nearly one in 10 students in Michigan attend a charter school, and yet they’re being kicked around to satisfy the partisan needs of the grown-ups. That has to stop, says a charter school leader.

Opinion | Charter schools have done more harm than good in Michigan.

July 26, 2018 | Mitchell Robinson

An MSU education professor bemoans the influence of charter school operators in Michigan. The direction of public education is a battle worth having.  

Opinion | Tim Greimel wrongfully blames governor for immigrant children sent to Michigan

July 25, 2018 | Dick Posthumus

Dick Posthumus didn’t take kindly to a guest column penned by the Democratic legislator about immigrant children separated from their parents and in being held in Michigan.

Opinion | Don’t insult Michigan voters, let them vote on redistricting

July 18, 2018 | Bill Bobier, M.L. “Mickey” Knight

If the Supreme Court strikes down redistricting reform it would disrespect for the people’s right to decide how their government works, and contempt for the intelligence of voters.