Commentary

David Hecker: Schools need a comprehensive approach to gun violence prevention

BY: - January 15, 2022

Last month, a community right here in Michigan was devastated by a mass shooting that took place at a school.  I wish I could say the Oxford High School shooting was an isolated incident, but as we’ve all observed over the past two decades, school shootings have become an all-too-common occurrence. We cannot bring back […]

Rick Haglund: Rising prices aren’t slowing Michigan’s economic recovery. But omicron might.

BY: - January 12, 2022

Michigan’s economy is in shambles, the Michigan Republican Party would like you to think. The GOP’s key data point? Detroit-based Little Caesars has raised the price of its $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza by a whopping 55 cents, the first such price increase in 25 years. Michigan GOP spokesman Gustavo Portela blamed the price hike on “[President] […]

Susan J. Demas: The kids are not all right. Denying omicron’s impacts won’t make it better.

BY: - January 10, 2022

Less than an hour after my youngest left for high school Friday, I got the text. Less than a third of the kids in his class were there for first period. There was another substitute. And there were 10 more reported COVID cases in the school (on top of many more earlier that week). He’s […]

Here are the worst Michigan takes on the Jan. 6 insurrection anniversary

BY: - January 6, 2022

Alongside posts reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the violent pro-Trump insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and what it has meant for democracy, a litany of right-wing takes Thursday continued to prop up conspiracies about both the 2020 election and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. On a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press,” U.S. Rep. […]

Susan J. Demas: If the Jan. 6 coup succeeded, what would Michigan Republicans have done?

BY: - January 6, 2022

Today is the most inauspicious of anniversaries, as we came closer to losing our democracy on Jan. 6, 2021, than anyone ever dared to imagine at the time. As a European history major who’s spent time studying coups, along with more than two decades of reporting on an increasingly fragile democratic system at home, it […]

Column: A Christmas letter to the undiscovered country

BY: - December 25, 2021

Phil, You’ve been away for a good long while so here’s a Christmas letter to catch you up on all the news you’ve missed. So much has changed. Time steals like a shadow over the living, rendering us all Henry Adams at history’s eclipse. There’s much I want to share, because you could have helped make sense […]

Susan J. Demas: Hospitals are overrun by the unvaccinated. What happens to the rest of us?

BY: - December 20, 2021

I never fully transitioned back into a post-COVID world after getting vaxxed and even boosted, because I understood that reality didn’t exist for millions of immunocompromised people, seniors and young kids who still can’t get the shot. Wearing high-quality masks indoors, continuing to work from home much of the time and limiting travel — one […]

Rick Haglund: Will Michigan’s big tax incentive bet pay off in new auto jobs?

BY: - December 19, 2021

Michigan’s new economic development incentives, mostly designed to help Michigan better compete with other states for new electric vehicle assembly and battery plans, remind me of a hilarious scene in the 1996 hit movie, “Jerry McGuire.” McGuire, a sports agent played by Tom Cruise, is desperate to keep pro football client Rod Tidwell, portrayed by […]

Column: One weird trick for backsliding democracy: Read banned books

BY: - December 17, 2021

We’ve been buried by a blizzard of news lately. So much has happened ­­­­— special anti-mandate legislative session, Supreme Court poised to reverse Roe v. Wade, omicron variant popping up across the United States — it’s difficult to choose just one target in the shooting gallery of opinion. But let’s step back for a moment […]

Gilda Z. Jacobs: My advice to the next generation of policy advocates

BY: - December 16, 2021

It’s pretty hard to sum up a 50-year career in any amount of time, let alone in 600 to 700 words. That’s less than 200 words a decade! But that is my charge and I appreciate this opportunity to reflect on my retirement, so I will do my best. Looking back, my career in public […]

Dr. Farhan Bhatti: Make no mistake. Michigan’s latest surge is being driven by the unvaccinated.

BY: - December 10, 2021

Nearly a year ago, vaccines to protect people against COVID-19 were rolled out to the world. Since then, more than 230 million Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, countless lives have been saved, and untold suffering prevented. Yet as the virus continues to spread, mutate and infect those whose immunity has […]

Column: Detroit takes big step forward on workers’ conditions

BY: - December 9, 2021

When people come to Detroit, they count the impressive GM Renaissance Center on their list of top places to explore.  From the lawyers, insurance agents, and businesspeople who work there, to couples getting married in the Wintergarden, to the out of town visitors, the Ren Center means something to a lot of people. And keeping […]