Commentary

Column: With COVID as an unwanted houseguest, I’m thankful for vaccines and frustrated with society

BY: - May 17, 2022

After two years and two months, COVID-19 finally arrived for my family. That meant my days were consumed with resting, checking temperatures, sneezing, coughing, ordering delivery and taking rapid tests. I wouldn’t recommend it as a family getaway package. (I suppose the ordering delivery part was OK.) Yet our experience showed how far treatments have […]

Susan J. Demas: The anti-abortion movement’s extremism can no longer be whitewashed

BY: - May 16, 2022

After years of seeing gauzy anti-abortion ads cajoling women of color not to “kill” their Black and Brown babies, last week may have been a bit of a jolt. Amid a baby formula shortage (thanks to a heavily monopolized industry), Republicans quickly adopted the talking point that the Biden administration should withhold formula from migrant […]

David Hecker: We must fight back against attacks on LGBTQ+ kids and adults

BY: - May 11, 2022

Right now, I am worried. Like many others in Michigan and across the country, I’ve seen the onslaught of homophobic and transphobic attacks coming at LGBTQ+ kids and adults from all angles, and I know the impact this kind of bigotry can have on people who are already marginalized. In just the past few weeks […]

Monique Stanton: Carrying on the tradition of working for systemic change in Michigan

BY: - May 10, 2022

This week, the Michigan League for Public Policy gathered with our colleagues, friends, partners and policymakers to celebrate our organization’s 110th anniversary, recognize where we have been and look ahead to where we are going. The volunteers who founded the League in 1912 saw a need for systemic change. They saw around them governments rife […]

Susan J. Demas: Turning on those who have saved lives and made the pandemic a little less awful

BY: - May 9, 2022

There’s really no more apt embodiment of the deadly, gleeful ignorance that’s marked the pandemic than obnoxious, honking anti-vaxxers showing up to protest Dr. Anthony Fauci’s commencement for 2020 University of Michigan graduates who had their lives turned upside down. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had an erudite […]

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Rick Haglund: Threats to Michigan’s auto industry aren’t just coming from the South

BY: - May 6, 2022

Stunned by Ford Motor Co.’s decision to invest $11.4 billion in electric vehicle assembly and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky, Michigan in December created a $1 billion fund to lure new electric vehicle operations to Michigan. An even bigger concern voiced by policymakers and local economic developers was that aggressive southern states were going […]

Column: Here’s how we can reduce gun violence in Michigan

BY: - May 5, 2022

A question has lurked in the back of the American mind for quite a few years now: “When will the next mass shooting be and will I be in the wrong place at the wrong time?” What has become a reality for many of us in the United States is, quite frankly, not the case […]

Column: Hillary Clinton keeps getting it right

BY: - May 4, 2022

Just as it’s a waste of time for Republicans to refight the results of the 2020 election, it certainly does no good for anti-MAGAs to refight what happened in the previous race. Nevertheless, I wince on occasion when I contemplate how our country would’ve been far better served if the popular vote winner in 2016 […]

Column: COVID is causing more Type 1 diabetes in kids, who will be saddled with high insulin prices

BY: - April 29, 2022

As nurses, my husband and I witnessed truly awful and devastating things treating patients on the frontlines of this pandemic. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, while the millions who survived, now faced with disability, are left to grapple with the harsh realities of long COVID-19. Among those millions of people living with long-term health impacts […]

Ron Bieber: Every worker has the right to a safe job. That fight isn’t over.

BY: - April 28, 2022

Fifty-two years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), promising every worker in America the right to a safe job. Since then, workers, labor unions and our allies have fought hard to win protections making jobs safer and saving thousands of lives. But this fight is nowhere near over. In 2020 more […]

Column: Here’s what we’ve learned from Michigan’s independent redistricting process

BY: and - April 27, 2022

Michigan residents recently concluded a historic experiment in representative democracy. For the first time, the drawing of voting districts that will shape our representation in Washington, D.C., and Lansing for an entire decade was not led by self-interested politicians.  Thanks to the hard work of Voters Not Politicians and their allies to pass a redistricting […]

Susan J. Demas: The far-right’s repulsive ‘groomer’ attack is a clarion call for violence

BY: - April 26, 2022

Earlier this month, Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) used her invocation on the Senate dais to launch a political tirade that children are “under attack” from “forces that desire things for them other than what their parents would have them see and hear and know.” That prompted walkouts from some Democratic senators, so Theis saw an […]