Commentary

Rick Haglund: Republicans claim we’re in a recession, but most economists say otherwise

BY: - August 8, 2022

Now that the candidates for November’s general election are set, you’re going to be hearing the dreaded R-word, as in recession, even more than in the past few months. Are we heading for one? Are we already in one? And what the heck is a recession, anyway? Republican candidates trying to unseat Democratic incumbents will […]

After Roe’s overturning, Americans are demanding Supreme Court term limits

BY: and - August 1, 2022

Paul M. Collins Jr. and Artemus Ward for The Conversation Following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning half a century of abortion rights under Roe v. Wade, nearly two-thirds of Americans want fundamental court reform, specifically term limits for Supreme Court justices. Indeed, on July 25, 2022, Democrats […]

In a post-Roe world, we need a new emergency number

BY: , and - July 27, 2022

Roe v. Wade – the 1973 landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that protected the right to abortion – was overturned by the current Supreme Court on June 24, 2022. This ruling places access to safe reproductive healthcare in jeopardy for millions of Americans throughout the U.S. But also at risk is our trust […]

Lives hang in the balance as time runs out for action on health insurance

BY: - July 26, 2022

Five years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Yet I’m the lucky one. I could afford to get treatment. Too many people in America don’t have the health care they need, even today. The 2021 American Rescue Plan included subsidies to make health insurance more affordable than ever, resulting in a record-breaking […]

David Hecker: Corporations should stop funding politicians who back voter suppression

BY: - July 20, 2022

Sometimes it is hard to live our values. We try hard to do so, and I for one, know that at times I falter.   But while slipping at times is understandable, there are lines we must strive never to cross. Voting rights is not a complicated issue. It’s a question of fundamental values — justice, […]

The Aug. 2 primary is coming. Here’s what you need to know about voting.

BY: - July 19, 2022

Every morning I “take a walk” with my mom before work. Since we live in different parts of the state, the walk takes place via cell phone, but it still gives us a chance to stay in touch and it gives me a reason to get a few steps in before the day gets going. […]

Rick Haglund: State economic development should put people and communities first

BY: - July 18, 2022

Michigan has two basic economic problems: not enough working adults to fill plentiful jobs, and wide swaths of distressed urban and rural neighborhoods where good jobs are out of reach for their residents. Tim Bartik says Michigan needs a radical new economic development approach that will connect more people to jobs, strengthen neighborhoods and promote […]

Susan J. Demas: Normalcy bias is a hell of a drug

BY: - July 16, 2022

When life becomes overwhelming, it’s normal to try and protect ourselves by insisting that things aren’t that bad. That coping mechanism can work, at least in the short-term, but most of us know that choosing to live in denial will never solve the real issues at hand. So what happens when we’re living through this […]

Rick Haglund: A big tax cut this election year comes with big tradeoffs for Michigan

BY: - July 6, 2022

High gas prices, bulging state coffers and election-year politics are likely to accelerate efforts by both political parties to cut state taxes.  While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature haven’t agreed on tax cuts, they did strike a deal last week on a $76 billion state budget, and there is $7 billion in unallocated cash […]

Susan J. Demas: Forcing 10-year-old rape victims to give birth isn’t moral, just or ‘pro-life’

BY: - July 5, 2022

For the first decades after Roe v. Wade was decided, anti-abortion forces made the case that they were the real pro-women movement.  They claimed to love the sinner (the fallen woman) but hated the sin of abortion. They just wanted to save female babies. And some promised to be there with the first box of […]

A Republic, if we can keep it: Now is not the time for despair, but renewed and relentless action

BY: - July 4, 2022

Most of us have heard the tale: As Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” This Independence Day, many Americans feel betrayed and […]

Column: We need to advocate for immigrant-inclusive policies that have a year-round impact

BY: - June 30, 2022

June is Immigrant Heritage Month, which recognizes the experiences, achievements, and contributions — economic and cultural — of immigrants across the country.  Our state’s immigrant communities are full of nearly 700,000 Michiganders who moved to a new country with courage and resolve, work hard for their families and help make Michigan a place we all […]