Column: Community solar investments are a way out of outages during an era of climate change
In the DTE service area, four major power outages in July and August cumulatively affected over 900,000 customers, some of whom lost power — and with it, groceries, access to medical devices and more — multiple times over. The failure of DTE Energy to provide reliable power, while customers pay some of the highest utility […]
Column: I’ve worked at McDonald’s for 11 years. We deserve better working conditions.
In Detroit, the average temperature last month was 80 degrees. Now add the heat radiating from a hot stove, humidity, wearing a face mask for safety during the pandemic and physical exertion. It feels like I’m in an oven at the Detroit McDonald’s where I work. I have worked at as a crew member for […]
Susan J. Demas: Republicans never had a COVID plan. They just wanted us to accept mass death.
When COVID-19 first paralyzed our nation last winter, many Republican leaders blasted stay-home orders, arguing they would kill businesses and inconvenience folks who had to pause going to the mall or the movies. The soaring death rate oddly seemed to be a far lesser concern. Then they railed against masks, spreading weird conspiracies that a […]
Column: How the pain of 9/11 still stays with a generation
The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were the worst acts of terrorism on American soil to date. Designed to instill panic and fear, the attacks were unprecedented in terms of their scope, magnitude and impact on the American psyche. The vast majority (over 60%) of Americans watched these attacks occur live on television or saw […]
Trish Zornio: COVID vaccines for younger kids are coming, but they can’t be rushed
For weeks, questions from concerned parents have poured in: Why isn’t the COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under age 12 yet? When will a vaccine for children be available? Can the vaccine be given off-label? These are all good questions, and the answers aren’t easy. After the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in late 2019, clinical […]
Column: Michigan’s K-12 budget is a good first step, but kids deserve more in the future
My son started fifth grade last month, and many more kids around the state are starting school this week. Back to school season is always filled with excitement — learning new subjects and seeing friends — and anxiety. Last year had a significant learning curve , filled with figuring out what “synchronous” and “asynchronous” meant, […]
Column: Meijer and Upton did the right thing. Now they must do it again.
In the last days of June, Congress quietly took perhaps its most consequential climate vote in history. A bipartisan majority voted to reverse a Trump-era rule weakening methane emissions and put back in place the more stringent guidelines established under former President Obama. Only 12 House Republicans voted for the measure. U.S. Reps. Peter Meijer […]
David Hecker: Anti-worker policies from the Snyder era are holding Michigan back
Labor Day is a time to reflect on the hard-fought victories unions have won for all working people and consider our path forward as we continue our work to defend and uplift workers everywhere. Usually, union members would be marching together down Michigan Avenue today — but while COVID prevents us from gathering for a […]
Trish Zornio: I quit teaching over COVID-19
It took 36 years, but I’ve finally left school. The end came shortly after University of Colorado administrators denied faculty the ability to teach remotely amid yet another COVID-19 surge. Following the denial, a stream of unusual advice for professors trickled in: anticipate chaos, get creative and, if necessary, call the police. Over the years, […]
Susan J. Demas: Why didn’t COVID make us question what the ‘pro-life’ movement is about?
Updated, 10:52 a.m. 9/3/21 This week, my almost 19-year-old daughter stepped foot on her college campus to take classes for the first time (a year late thanks to the loud, selfish minority’s continual refusal to take COVID seriously). As I hugged her goodbye, it occurred to me that she now has fewer rights as a […]
Column: Community is the only way to help Michigan kids
Child abuse and neglect are not a family or household problem. They’re not a racial, political or socioeconomic problem. They’re an every-community problem. If an entire community is unable to coalesce around the safety and well-being of all children, the health of the community suffers. Left unchecked, maltreatment of even a single child can come […]
David Hecker: Conservative myths about critical race theory hurt students and teachers
As educators, we believe in teaching kids the truth about our history and society, even when the truth is not pleasant. But some people across the country are working to infringe on teachers’ right and responsibility to be honest with their students about the history or racism, past and present, in our nation. In keeping […]