- Thursday, January 24, 2013
Phil Power: Taxpayers value good education
News flash: Michigan residents want better schools, expanded early childhood programs, more support and more accountability for teachers. And they're willing to pay more to get them.Continued ...
- Monday, January 21, 2013
- Spread love this Valentine season
- Sunday, January 20, 2013
Wolves still need protection
It has always been human nature to vilify creatures we don’t understand. From grizzly bears to great white sharks, whole species have been hated and feared for no other reason than their looks and attack stories that seldom take into account the science of animal behavior.Continued ...
Terry Wooten: Learning from others about MLK
I remember vividly when Martin Luther King Jr.was assassinated. It was the spring of my freshman year at Western Michigan University. I was finishing up my student teaching.Continued ...
- Saturday, January 19, 2013
Perspectives: Technology has potential to unite
According to some Biblical scholars, the Book of Amos was written about 760 B.C.E. In chapter 3, the prophet asks: "Shall two walk together unless they have agreed?"Continued ...
- Thursday, January 17, 2013
Phil Power: 'Culture of dark money'
It's rare for a governor to have the power in his own hands to remedy a problem that's been embarrassing his state since the present state constitution was adopted half a century ago.Continued ...
- Monday, January 14, 2013
Dennis Chase: Time for U-D to make move?
Maybe it's time to call on Dick Vitale.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 13, 2013
Good sense needed in picking a new supreme court justice
The Hathaway mess has brought new disgrace to a court which a 2008 University of Chicago study found to be the most politicized and least respected state supreme court in the nation.Continued ...
Loraine Anderson: The real face of America
I flash back to my nephew's wedding dinner in Austin, Texas. It was November, a good month for weddings there — finally cool enough to be outdoors.Continued ...
Fleda Brown: Thoughts give way to poems
While we're lamenting about what we didn't get done last year, or planning how we're going to do better this year, or simply going back to work with no thought of what's next, W. S. Merwin stops and notices the time-that-is-no-time, that slips in whether or not anyone notices.Continued ...
Ed Hungness: Quiet hour during vacation?
The holidays are exciting times for all of us — especially children.Continued ...
- Saturday, January 12, 2013
Adapted in TC: Assistance doesn't equal abuse
Over the years, many able-bodied people have told me that what they'd fear most about having a disability like mine would be depending upon other people.Continued ...
- Monday, January 7, 2013
James Cook: NHL not only place to see good hockey
Want to see some good hockey for cheap while waiting for the NHL to finally start? Plan on being in Traverse City this weekend.Continued ...
Northern Notes: Christmas angels abound
Christmas angels were out in force this holiday season. Some are known, others remain anonymous.Continued ...
- Sunday, January 6, 2013
Filling in the blanks of 2012
The year 2012 is officially over "“ and not in a catastrophic Mayan calendar way. I'd categorize 2012 as a Charles Dickens year: the best and worst of times. However, a literary reference seems too cerebral to sum up the last 365 odd days. I'd call 2012 pure Mad Libs.Continued ...
Lessenberry: An 'outstate' view of Detroit
Over the holidays, a retired couple who had a home next to where we were staying had us over for a little holiday cheer in this small northern Michigan town.Continued ...
George Weeks: Granholm to end TV 'very fun adventure'
Ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm has been one of the most visible personalities on Current TV, the low-visibility cable network co-founded by former vice president Al Gore that has been bought for a reported $500 million by the Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera backed by the government of Qatar.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 3, 2013
Phil Power: Boundaries feed partisanship
Most people agree that our politics and government today are too often severely dysfunctional. And there's one big reason why:Continued ...
- Sunday, December 30, 2012
Holiday spirit on the side of the road
It’s Christmas Day and we’re due at the Grayling home of my sisters-in-law at half past noon. I accidentally sleep in late, having forgotten to set the alarm. My husband is on the phone with a friend in Pakistan, but I can’t stop to say Merry Christmas because I have 15 minutes to get ready. I take a quick shower, brush my teeth and throw on some clothes, then cut several strings off the spiral scarf a friend in France made me for Christmas, and which just got caught in my brush.Continued ...
George Weeks: A notable book for a notable governor
Stevens T. Mason, who led Michigan to statehood as our first governor, achieved young and died young in the 19th century but in the 21st remains a compelling story for those who follow and pursue politics, with all of its highs and lows.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Crystal ball couldn't have predicted weirdness
Imagine if my crystal ball had predicted a year ago that native son Mitt Romney would win the GOP nomination easily — but lose to President Obama in an electoral college landslide. In Michigan, the result would be even more one-sided than nationally, with the president even beating Romney in the affluent county where the former governor's son grew up.Continued ...
Lifelines: Life after the world's end
Now that the Mayan calendar has ended, I'll confess I'm weary of all these endings and beginnings. I've lived through too many of them, including growing up during The Cold War when the end was at some stranger's fingertips.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 27, 2012
The Amish Cook: Flu strikes the Eicher household
Wednesday evening and supper is over. Everyone went their own way, some reading, some writing, and some still down with the flu.Continued ...
- Monday, December 24, 2012
- Northern Notes: Good memories provided by the grandchildren
- Sunday, December 23, 2012
- Dennis Chase: This is not like the old days for the Tigers