Column: Guilty verdicts in Arbery killing give no pleasure, only relief

BY: - November 29, 2021

There’s no pleasure to be taken from the guilty verdicts returned Wednesday by a Glynn County jury in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery; there is only relief and thanksgiving that in the end justice could be done, at least in a case in which the evidence was so well-documented and seemingly obvious. Given that they […]


Allison R. Donahue: I became a statistic that many vaccinated people haven’t wanted to face

BY: - November 26, 2021

In April, when I received my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, I was hopeful for the first time in over a year that my life was going to return to normal. However, seven months later, I tested positive for COVID-19 and it was as if the isolating feeling of the early months of the […]


Column: Giving thanks to America’s medical community for life-saving vaccines

BY: - November 25, 2021

If we were not still in the grip of a deadly pandemic, with the seven-day average U.S. death toll from the coronavirus hovering just over 1,100 a day, I probably would not have thought of giving thanks this year for the medical researchers who have given this country protection against many life-threatening illnesses. Back in […]


Column: We could lose our democracy to a toxic stew of conspiracy and partisanship

BY: - November 24, 2021

They say outer space has a smell, and it stinks. Astronauts who have come back from space walks have described the smell as oily meat. Or gunpowder and gym socks and rum. Or welding fumes. The space walkers have a hard time describing exactly what the smell is like because, reportedly, it’s not like anything else […]


Column: Voters may have elected Biden to be ‘normal’, but they also need action

BY: - November 23, 2021

In the fallout over this month’s crushing elections, U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) took President Joe Biden to task: “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R.,” she snipped to The New York Times. “They elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.” Biden, of course, won a solid victory over Donald Trump, but nothing close […]


Column: Tax changes in Build Back Better are necessary and affordable

BY: - November 22, 2021

The U.S. House passed the Build Back Better bill Friday morning, and there’s much to applaud in this legislation. On top of providing needed help to families struggling to meet everyday challenges like paying rent and putting food on the table, affording child care and preschool, or paying for college, early estimates also suggest the […]


Rick Haglund: When in-demand talent can work from anywhere, what will happen to Michigan?

BY: - November 19, 2021

Alarmed that Michigan was losing too many young college graduates to Chicago, New York, San Francisco and other talent magnets, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm decided to try a new approach to economic development in the early 2000s. She took notice of the radical notion, presented in urbanist Richard Florida’s groundbreaking 2002 book, “The Rise of the […]


Susan J. Demas: Blurring lines between shiny objects and serious problems has an agonizing cost

BY: - November 18, 2021

The greatest moment in trash TV history is, without question, when Kim Kardashian hysterically cries over losing her diamond earring in the ocean. With her baby velcroed to her hip, older and wiser sister Kourtney dryly declares, “Kim, there’s people that are dying.” I think of this fairly often, as we’re on Day 489,764 of […]


Column: Climate change is killing our future

BY: - November 16, 2021

For years now we’ve been subjected to an endless stream of nonsense from those who deny the inescapable reality that our planet is overheating due to human-caused pollution in the atmosphere. It’s now apparent that the cascading effects of global baking — and the concurrent lack of action by our politicians and lawmakers — are […]


Column: Kids can finally get vaccinated. This is how we know it’s safe

BY: - November 12, 2021

Back in June, with the prospect of my 8-year-old daughter returning to full-time, in-person schooling fast approaching, I took the opportunity to enroll her in the pediatric Pfizer vaccine trial.  While there was only a 50% chance of her receiving the vaccine vs. a placebo, I figured that 50% was better than nothing. As a […]


Parker James: Michigan leaders must take action to protect children from lead

BY: - November 11, 2021

Residents of Benton Harbor have forced the country to pay attention to their ongoing fight for clean water.  For three years, the majority-Black city of Benton Harbor’s water lead levels have exceeded the legal limit, endangering residents. But a recently filed petition from residents and advocates has ratcheted up attention—and action—from policymakers to adequately address […]


Susan J. Demas: Lansing is a darker place without Kelly Rossman-McKinney

BY: - November 10, 2021

I’m not supposed to be working right now, but one of the things that popped into my head yesterday as I was hiking up a pass was that I should see if Kelly would want to talk for a few minutes about her amazing life.  Anyone in Lansing knows that if you’re talking about Kelly, […]