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Bridge Magazine welcomes a diversity of voices and perspectives from readers on issues important to Michigan. Guest commentaries reflect the views of the author(s), and are independent of the nonpartisan, fact-driven reporting of Bridge’s newsroom staff.
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Combining two state departments will mean greater efficiency in services, but more important, a seamless approach to serving residents in need.
Baby, there’s something wrong when a pediatrician can refuse to treat an infant because her parents are lesbians. The legislature should make sure it never happens again.
When abandoned animals must be euthanized, injection is not only more humane, but less expensive to carry out. There is no reason to allow shelters to inflict needless suffering on animals
Colleges and universities are well-positioned to help Michigan become a top 10 state.
The Obama Administration’s plan (since cancelled) to end tax breaks for the popular college savings option is short-sighted. Without a dedicated account for college savings, many families would not put away the money needed for children’s higher education.
In 1973, a mistake exposed millions of residents to food contaminated with a dangerous chemical. Are those who consumed it still at risk? Studies are unclear.
Where will the money come from? Why would Republicans embrace it? Wouldn’t aid be better spent on only those students who truly need help? Too many questions for now.
New, get-tough laws requiring DNA swabs or field sobriety tests from people who have not yet been convicted stretch the limits of government power.
A neutral, third-party can help public officials get beyond ideology, ensure all sides are heard and help opposing parties focus on the policy implications of critical issues.
President Obama’s proposal for free community college tuition builds on the reality behind the Kalamazoo Promise: that a high school degree is no longer enough to earn a decent, family-supporting income.
When an oil-drilling rig showed up one day in suburban Scio, the township realized its powers were limited. A township trustee offers a modest solution.
It’s a new year, and Michigan policymakers have made some promising moves. But more needs to be done, especially for children, to bring the state back.
The I-69 International Trade Corridor shows how Michigan can benefit when dozens of municipalities and county governments work together.
In response to a Bridge article on some students who apply to many colleges, Brandy Johnson of MCAN notes that studies show most college-bound students apply to fewer than two schools. For too many students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the application process can be daunting.
Fat-tire snow biking and dog-sled mushers join the crowds heading for snowy landscapes. Their wallets are an important factor in fueling local economies, too.
It’s not just a matter of diversifying a male-dominated field. Changing the way the industry works will require women leaders, and the unique way they work with others.
Michigan, the court says, has an obligation only to provide a school for students to attend. Whether they actually learn anything? Not the state’s concern.
Paradoxically, the more we bombard vaccine-wary parents with information, the harder they resist immunizing their children. What works? Good relations with doctors, something out of the state’s control.
If term limits are as bad as those seeking reform would have us believe, why did a measure to extend them to local officials pass in Grand Rapids?
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