- Thursday, September 27, 2012
Phil Power: Education beyond high school vital
It's now widely accepted that the "Great Recession" was our nation's worst economic calamity since the Great Depression.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 23, 2012
George Weeks: Hyped claim on campaign trail
Former nine-term U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland, the GOP challenger of two-term Sen. Debbie Stabenow, became one of the best members of Congress.Continued ...
Not your traditional Supreme Court hopeful
Bridget Mary McCormack is one of the nominees for the two eight-year terms being elected this year. While she was nominated by the Democrats, she wasn't an early favorite of party leaders. She did, however, powerfully impress former Chief Justice Marilyn Kelly, who was unable to run again because she is over the 70-year-age limit.Continued ...
- Thursday, September 20, 2012
Phil Power: Grand Rapids attracting talent
Anybody who still thinks Grand Rapids is a stodgy and unexciting city either hasn't been there lately, in need of a big attitude adjustment — or both.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 16, 2012
George Weeks: 9/11 artifacts abound
Mobs overseas. Memorials at home. The focus here is on the latter.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Hidden agenda behind bridge?
So why is Canada hot to build a new bridge across the Detroit River — so hot that their government has offered to pay all Michigan's costs? Is there some dark hidden agenda?Continued ...
- Thursday, September 13, 2012
Phil Power: Filling the knowledge gap
Once upon a time, newspapers were king and Lansing was recognized across Michigan as an important source of news. When I broke into the business back in 1965, it would have taken a couple of bus loads to carry all the reporters working in Lansing.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 9, 2012
George Weeks: Granholm draws raves, ridicule
In her warm-up speech shortly before President Barack Obama accepted nomination for a second term, ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm pumped up delegates at last week's final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Will Detroit turn out?
No one doubts that Detroiters will vote overwhelmingly to re-elect President Barack Obama.Continued ...
- Thursday, September 6, 2012
Phil Power: Spending on childhood ed pitiful
One of the things that gets people maddest about the way government works is when we know something is true, and the authorities do the opposite, time and time again. This happens all too often, and is especially noticeable at back-to-school time.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 2, 2012
Drama is gone from party conventions
Especially memorable was Connecticut Abraham Ribicoff railing from the podium about "Gestapo" tactics by Chicago police against anti-war protestors outside the convention hall, and then seeing an angry Mayor Richard J. Daley rise from the floor to protest Ribicoff.Continued ...
Romney and his changing view of auto industry
Mr. Romney, then at least, felt this was somewhere where the government should be spending more, not less. "We (need to) invest in these areas to advance learning, which ultimately propels the private sector. We do very little in the area of energy, power generation, material science. We need to do more."Continued ...
- Thursday, August 30, 2012
Phil Power: Issues change, debate doesn't
"A republic, madam, if you can keep it." — Benjamin FranklinContinued ...
- Sunday, August 26, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: Enbridge spill creates a citizen activist
Katy Bodenmiller wasn’t planning on becoming an activist. She thinks of herself as simply “a freelance graphic designer who loves to garden.”Continued ...
George Weeks: High national profile for 1st District race
Over the decades, Michigan’s northernmost congressional district has had prominent veteran members of the U.S. House, including 1953-64 Rep. Victor Knox, R-Sault Ste. Marie, and 1993-2010 Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Menominee.Continued ...
- Enbridge spill creates a citizen activist
- High national profile for 1st District race
- Thursday, August 23, 2012
Phil Power: Iron ore strong in U.P.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been a powerfully mining-oriented place ever since early explorers were astonished to discover enormous chunks of pure copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 19, 2012
- Jack Lessenberry: Developer has a hand in Detroit's rebirth
- George Weeks: Hoekstra seeks six debated with Stabenaw
- Sunday, August 12, 2012
Snyder rallies automobile states
Now comes Republican Gov. Rick Snyder with announcement of creation of the bipartisan National Governors Auto Caucus to promote "robust auto manufacturing." The other founding governors are Democrat Jay Nixon of Missouri and Republican Bill Haslam of Tennessee.Continued ...
Big confusion at the polls
Michigan's primary election didn't attract much attention or draw many voters. But it may have sparked a huge controversy that had nothing to do with any candidates on the ballot.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 5, 2012
Voters ignore primaries
Ten years ago, about a week after that year's August primary, I was having lunch with former Gov. Jim Blanchard when a man came by, beaming happily.Continued ...
Benishek-McDowell race called 'toss-up'
With the general election about upon us, Michigan's most competitive congressional contest appears to be in the sprawling 1st District, where freshman Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, faces a rematch with ex-state representative Gary McDowell, D-Rudyard, who lost in 2010.Continued ...
- Sunday, July 29, 2012
George Weeks: Code red alert
Some Michigan cities last week had code red smog alerts for unhealthy air pollution. Also taking a turn for the worse: the political ozone on broadcast airwaves across this battleground state.Continued ...