Guest Commentary


Opinion | Michigan school libraries are still in limbo. Why?

August 2, 2019 | Patrick Taylor

Michigan cut back on school librarians during the recession. It’s time to bring them back.

Opinion | DTE’s plans for gas plant pose climate risk

July 31, 2019 | Gail Philbin, Fred Miller

Why build a new gas-powered plant when renewables are the future?

Opinion | Give visas to skilled immigrants in places Michigan is stagnant

July 29, 2019 | Steve Tobocman

Many places in Michigan are losing population. The solution: Visas specifically for skilled immigrants willing to move there. It’s an idea based on successful programs in Canada and Australia.

Opinion | Dana Nessel: Line 5 must close to protect all of Michigan

July 22, 2019 | Dana Nessel

Michigan’s attorney general explains why she sued to close the controversial Line 5 gas pipeline that passes beneath the Mackinac Straits.

Opinion | U-M’s investment is helping us improve Detroit, not evict people.

July 18, 2019 | Jordan Friedman, Corey Hanker

Two developers respond to a Bridge Magazine article about their investments in Detroit. ‘Our focus is increasing availability of affordable, quality housing for the city’s residents.’

Opinion | Benton Harbor’s school crisis needs more than a bandage fix

July 18, 2019 | Tom Watkins

Benton Harbor is in danger of losing its high school because of poor academic performance and debilitating debt. A former state superintendent says the district’s struggles should be a wake-up call for Michigan.

Opinion | Please, Michigan Supreme Court, restore public will on minimum wage

July 17, 2019 | Maria Van Core

Michigan’s Supreme Court justices should restore the minimum wage increase that the public wanted last year – and the Legislature weakened in lame duck.

Opinion | I’m an economist and I support payday loans

July 17, 2019 | Gary Wolfram

Sure, payday loans charge 400 percent interest. But they can help low-income Michigan residents make it to their next payday, says a Hillsdale College economist.

Opinion | Want Michigan kids to learn science? Take them outside.

July 9, 2019 | Kathleen Bushnell Owsley

There’s a growing movement to take students out of the classroom and into nature to learn about the environment and nature. That’s happening in schools and programs around Michigan.

Opinion | I’m a 7th-generation Michigan commercial fisherman. 13 are left.

July 2, 2019 | Robert Ruleau

Robert Ruleau’s family business has survived weather and invasive species. Now it’s trying to survive the Department of Natural Resources.

Opinion | For Flint’s lead-exposed children, a sobering lesson from Toledo

July 1, 2019 | Marilynne Wood

The Flint water crisis impacted thousands of young children. A researcher who has studied the impact of lead exposure says there are interventions that can help.

Opinion | Urgent need for clean energy should unite Michigan, not divide us

June 29, 2019 | Mike Stone

Listen to one another. Keep an open mind to new concepts (as well as some old) and collaborate so Michigan can be a national leader in clean and safe energy

Opinion | Medical costs are an emergency. I know, I’m an ER doc.

June 27, 2019 | Rob Davidson

An emergency room doctor describes the anguish he sees every day as patients are forced to choose between urgent medical care and playing their bills.

Opinion | Gutting paid sick time initiative a slap in the face to workers

June 26, 2019 | Lois Robertson-Douglass

The sad irony is that the elected officials who gutted paid sick time for Michigan workers are salaried and get paid in full whether or not they show up to work.

Opinion | To improve health, boost Medicaid dental reimbursement rates

June 25, 2019 | Romesh Nalliah

Michigan’s Medicaid reimbursement rates haven’t changed since the 1990s. That has to change.

Opinion | Don’t let the summer sun melt academic gains

June 21, 2019 | Jamey Fitzpatrick

Students lose about a month of learning over the course of the summer. There are ways to stop that brain drain.

Opinion | Shiny new sports stadiums a loser for Michigan taxpayers

June 19, 2019 | Chris Douglas

Every time a new taxpayer-supported sports stadium is built, the public is promised economic development. When will we learn?

Opinion | Michigan high schools should require college financial aid literacy

June 14, 2019 | Darrin Camilleri

Rep. Darrin Camilleri may not have been able to afford college if he didn’t figure out how to fill out a federal financial aid form called the FAFSA. He’s now pushing to make the form a high school requirement.

Opinion | Michigan needs to decide what kind of state it wants to be

June 10, 2019 | Charlie Mahoney

The state is at a crossroads. It’s time to put our money where our mouth is.

Opinion | Please, Gov. Whitmer, fix Benton Harbor High. Don’t close it.

June 7, 2019 | Tiffany Tilley

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to close the high school in Benton Harbor because of low academic achievement and high debt. A State Board of Education member (and fellow Democrat) makes a case for investing in the struggling district, rather than closing the high school.