- Thursday, November 15, 2012
Phil Power: Democracy still best way
Sixty-five years later, it's clear that Churchill's comment has stood the test of time. Last week's election provided two underlying reasons why his remark is still so appropriate.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Phil Power: Voters made wise calls
No doubt about it --- this year's national election was a close one, with many cross-currents surging under the surface and the vote count. We now know who won and who lost.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Phil Power: Center helps bridge info gap
This election is unlike any in my memory — and since I was born in 1938, that goes back a long way.Continued ...
- Thursday, November 1, 2012
Phil Power: McGovern was an education
Last week's news that George McGovern, the longtime South Dakota senator and presidential candidate had died triggered a flash of memories going back to the terrible summer of 1968.Continued ...
- Sunday, October 28, 2012
Jack Lessenberry: Genius of Stan Ovshinsky
Edward Teller, father of the H-bomb, came to consult with him. So did physicist I.I. Rabi and a host of Nobel Prize winners. Ovshinsky was granted more than a thousand patents worldwide.Continued ...
George Weeks: Who's next as a state cabinet appointee?
Many Michigan business leaders joined cabinets, including, from the auto industry, Defense Secretaries Charles E. Wilson in the Eisenhower Administration and Robert S. McNamara in the Kennedy-Johnson Administrations.Continued ...
- Thursday, October 25, 2012
Phil Power: Vote 'no' on Props 2 through 6
The Michigan Constitution should not be for sale.Continued ...
- Sunday, October 21, 2012
The battle to run Oakland County
There may be no county in the nation as strongly identified with one man as Oakland County is with L. Brooks Patterson, who has dominated the political landscape since 1972.Continued ...
- Sunday, October 14, 2012
- Jack Lessenberry: Dems fail to see an opportunity
- George Weeks: A dangerous batch of ballot proposals
- Thursday, October 11, 2012
Phil Power: Beautiful fall day brings joy
The fish jumped, twice, each landing shattering the glass calm of the lake into thousands of brightly colored shards of light.Continued ...
- Sunday, October 7, 2012
Ag issues raised on northern campaign trails
Failure of Congress to pass a farm bill flared last week on campaign trails in Northern Michigan.Continued ...
- Thursday, October 4, 2012
Phil Power: School reform opportunity
For the first time in years, the door to far-reaching school reform in Michigan is gradually creaking open.Continued ...
- 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 ...