Commentary

Column: My son has Down syndrome. Your taxes enrich his life.

BY: - October 28, 2021

I can’t decide which was more fun last month: The visit with my son Greg to visit my daughter, Natalie, or the 2,700-mile round trip to South Dakota and back. The visit was a typical family reconnection with Natalie, her husband, Matt, and children Cody, 9, and Emily, 5. The trip itself was … delightful, […]

Column: Code red for American democracy

BY: - October 27, 2021

For all the uproar among Democrats over restrictive voting laws passed by Republican legislatures in 17 states, Democrats have only recently awakened to the more dangerous threat to American democracy posed by Republican moves to take partisan control of counting votes and even overturn the popular vote in future elections. For months, Democrats in Congress […]

Column: Why do Canadians seem to care so little about protecting the Great Lakes from Line 5?

BY: - October 26, 2021

As a Canadian living in Michigan, I’ve never seen a state or province that identifies with the Great Lakes the way Michigan does: their silhouette adorns T-shirts, water bottles, and bumper stickers everywhere.  At the same time, I would say that the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system is woven into the nationalisms and founding mythologies of […]

Alex Rossman: A personal perspective for policy action on youth justice

BY: - October 25, 2021

I had my first formal interaction with the police when I was 14 and got caught for a particularly extensive and expensive act of vandalism. The incident was thankfully settled out of court, and while I was ordered to pay restitution, I was able to stay out of the juvenile justice system.  At the time, […]

Susan J. Demas: The soul-crushing fight of parents battling right-wing COVID nihilism

BY: - October 24, 2021

Updated, 7:35 a.m., 10/24/21 If you had told me two years ago that there would be a movement of angry parents, however small, yawping against basic measures to stop their kids from getting sick and dying with the full backing of a major political party, I wouldn’t have believed it. Sure, Americans have a long […]

Column: We are losing the values good journalism taught

BY: - October 22, 2021

Everyone should be a journalist. The problem is, few people understand what journalism really is, yet everyone with a social media account is a self-styled journalist these days. Hence the rampant embrace of myriad crackpot beliefs. We are all familiar with  these fact-free notions that have stained our collective consciousness like red wine on white […]

Dave Dempsey: Protecting Michigan wilderness is one of Dale Kildee’s enduring legacies

BY: - October 20, 2021

When former U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee died last week at the age of 92, admirers celebrated his work on behalf of the community of Flint, his support for education and labor and his personal decency. Each of these merited praise, but one aspect of his career escaped mention in most quarters – his environmental values. […]

Column: Here’s what we can do to combat disinformation

BY: - October 18, 2021

As the state representative of Michigan’s 41st House District, the health of my constituents is my No. 1 priority — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the lives of too many Michigan residents. At the same time, we are also living through what some researchers have called an “infodemic,” a surge of disinformation […]

Susan J. Demas: Killing all vaccine mandates was always the plan for extremists

BY: - October 15, 2021

There’s been a growing, and understandable, horror that some Republican leaders are agitating against any vaccine mandates after pandering to angry conspiracy theorists for almost two years on COVID-19. This should be regarded as unequivocally insane, as vaccines are really great at the all-important societal goal of preventing death. However, recent polling shows a sharp […]

Column: As U.S. independence rang, a sweeping lockdown and mass inoculations fought off smallpox

BY: - October 13, 2021

Many Americans of the founding era denounced government tyranny, celebrated the Declaration of Independence – and favored lockdowns and mass inoculations to combat a viciously contagious disease. Unchecked, smallpox kills more than one in 10 of its victims, leaving many of the rest blind, disfigured and sometimes sterile. Many historians say the reason George Washington […]

Column: The debate on Latino vs. Latinx vs. Hispanic is the song that never ends

BY: - October 12, 2021

Growing up in El Paso, Texas, in the ’80s and ’90s, the diversity at my school could’ve been broken down into two categories — children who were born in the United States and students who weren’t. But almost all of the students’ families came from Mexico at some point, and we called ourselves Mexican-Americans or […]

Column: Michigan made it easier to vote in 2018, but a new ballot measure would take us backwards

BY: - October 11, 2021

Here in Michigan, we believe in our freedom to vote. Every voter, regardless of race, background, political affiliation or ZIP code, has a fundamental right to make their voice heard at the ballot box and have a say in determining our state’s future.  But right now, our voting rights are at risk. In 2018, Michiganders […]