- Sunday, February 17, 2013
Forum: Fears of school funding discrimination
The Record Eagle recently highlighted proposals from State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, to gradually remedy the current inequitable funding of public K-12 education in Michigan. While I applaud Senator Jones' willingness to stand up and promote a solution to this long-standing problem, I fear that it will suffer the same ill fate of similar efforts to end discrimination in school funding, and die a quick death in our state Legislature as next year's budget is crafted.Continued ...
- Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Forum: Snyder could be hero on guns
I congratulated Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on his veto of the bill to permit properly trained persons carry concealed weapons in schools and other public places.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 10, 2013
Forum: Choosing new TCL&P director a big deal
The Michigan Land Use Institute sent a letter to Traverse City Light & Power's board, at their invitation, describing the qualities we would like to see in a new executive director for the city's publicly owned utility.Continued ...
- Thursday, February 7, 2013
Forum: Sustain entrepreneurial momentum in 2013
In the Traverse City region, far from larger population centers where business opportunity would likely be greater, entrepreneurs are creating innovative companies and making investments that translate into jobs. We've seen a 27 percent increase in members from the region, which equals about 162 companies, in just the last year.Continued ...
- Friday, January 25, 2013
Forum: Importance of local school control
"Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 24, 2013
Forum: Education funding top business priority
Michigan's business sector continues to turn the corner toward recovery, and in 2013 it will be critical to build on the momentum of the past two years.Continued ...
- Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Forum: 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade
It was 40 years ago this month that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the historic Roe v. Wade decision.Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Forum: We are one people, but not the same
In a Jan. 15 forum concerning the removal of the Muslim "Call to Prayer" segment from a larger piece of music performed at a Traverse City church, retired judge Jim McCormick indicated that our community could benefit from an impassioned exchange of views, only if the writers would "get the facts straight, make appropriate distinctions, and then speak with real respect for others' feelings and opinions."Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Forum: 'Call to Prayer' inspiring
My small contribution to that goal is this effort to throw some light on the possibly misunderstood "Call to Prayer," which I have heard at all hours in Cairo, Istanbul and Jerusalem.Continued ...
- Friday, December 28, 2012
- Forum: Natural gas key to smart energy policy
- Friday, December 21, 2012
Forum: Now is time to fight gun lobby
The aftershocks of another mass shooting are rippling across the landscape.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 20, 2012
Forum: Kids at edge of fiscal cliff
As the federal "fiscal cliff" approaches, we're hearing more about how various scenarios would affect politicians, defense contractors, high-income taxpayers, seniors, and other constituencies.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Forum: Palestine a dilemma for U.S.
Two peoples share the goal of having Palestine as a homeland: the Israelis and the Palestinians.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Forum: Restricting access doesn't solve problems
Michigan's anti-choice legislators are celebrating the passage of two lame-duck bills, HB 5711 and SB 975. HB 5711 is a "super bill" that purports to regulate abortion services for the health and safety of women.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 16, 2012
Forum: Racist acts are also teaching acts
As I recently boarded a flight home from Chicago O'Hare to Traverse City and before take-off, I had the unfortunate experience of being confronted with racial and inflammatory comments regarding Native Americans from individuals seated behind me.Continued ...
- Friday, December 14, 2012
Forum: Flood insurance follies
Flood insurance was enacted by Congress in 1968, and required federally-insured mortgages in flood areas to carry insurance. It applied to any property located in a "100-year flood plain."Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Forum: Supportive housing helps people stay sober
Recently, the Record-Eagle published stories about those who are homeless and the challenges we as a community face in trying to help people in this situation.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 29, 2012
Forum: Testing doesn't tell whole story
While teachers in Chicago have returned to the classroom, the strike has raised many educational issues. The most important and pressing is the universal reliance on standardized tests to evaluate the nation's school children.Continued ...
- Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Forum: Revamping school law misguided
Another end-run around the will of the people seems to be shaping up in Lansing.Continued ...
- Sunday, November 25, 2012
Forum: Planet Death is not acceptable
The Petition Project website offers a breakdown of the areas of expertise of those who have signed the petition. Of these signers 0.1 percent have a background in climatology." That's about 30. Not 30,000. Of these 30, none show any publication in a peer-reviewed journal of climate science.Continued ...
- Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Forum: Institute lost true friend
The Michigan Land Use Institute lost a dear friend last week in Helen Milliken.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Forum: TCAPS board will learn
The Board of Education for the Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) recently asked voters to approve a bond proposal for the financing of a long-term capital infrastructure plan.Continued ...
- Sunday, November 18, 2012
Forum: A piece of music does not make peace
On Nov. 10 at First Congregational Church, halfway into the dress rehearsal for a performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, the choir, soloists and orchestra were informed that the second movement, "Call to Prayers," would not be performed due to Pastor Walls' objection that "Muslims worship a different God, and as Christians, they couldn't abide a profession of belief in Muhammad within their church."Continued ...
- Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Forum: Ethics in election?
We have just witnessed the most expensively funded election in the history of the world.Continued ...
- Monday, November 12, 2012
Inside the First Amendment: True effect of big campaign spending unclear
There's one result from the election that we likely won't know for months or even years: the full meaning of this year's massive run-up in campaign spending.Continued ...