- Sunday, March 23, 2014
George Weeks: Aggressive Lon Johnson’s 1st year as chair
When unseated 13 months ago, Michigan Democratic Chairman Mark Brewer was the party’s longest-serving chair in the nation and second to none in aggressively carrying the partisan fight across his state. He was a regular in crashing GOP confabs on Mackinac Island.Continued ...
- Saturday, March 22, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 03/22/2014
Seek the facts.Continued ...
Another View: Facebook finally takes a stand on gun sales
Facebook’s ban on some gun sales is a small but important step in limiting illegal online gun sales.Continued ...
Another View: Not time to cut funding for Great Lakes
Mother Nature gets credit for a big assist in the fight to keep the Great Lakes healthy, with ice coverage now topping 92 percent for the first time in nearly four decades.Continued ...
Fact Check: Boehner says Obamacare has resulted in a 'net loss' of insured
Reporter: “Mr. Speaker, you said a minute ago there are fewer people today with health insurance than when the law was passed. I want to make sure I understand. You’re saying that Obamacare has resulted in a net loss of insurance?”Continued ...
Fact Check: NAACP says African-Americans targeted
While there’s a growing debate over whether to legalize marijuana, some are troubled by what they see as unfairness in enforcement of existing laws.Continued ...
- Friday, March 21, 2014
Editorial: New strategies, resolve needed to halt Asian carp
When — “if” seems way too optimistic — Asian carp finally take hold in the Great Lakes and the sport fishing and recreational boating industries have taken billion-dollar hits, remember Richard Durbin, Mark Kirk, Daniel Coats and Joe Donnelly.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/21/2014
A regional challenge.Continued ...
Forum: Make government transparent, accountable
Michigan’s Freedom of Information Week is a great time to let folks know about how accountable and responsible their governments are at the state, county and local level.Continued ...
- Thursday, March 20, 2014
Editorial: Lawmakers have chance to be adults in room
Spring is in the air, and pretty soon it’s going to be followed by bottle rockets, Roman Candles and all kinds of other things that go boom — usually in the dead of night.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/20/2014
So deal with it.Continued ...
Another View: Raise Minnesota's minimum wage reasonably
A reasonable minimum wage increase will not likely significantly impact jobs and will boost workers and the economy.Continued ...
- Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Letters to the Editor: 03/19/2014
Using the science; Seek the facts.Continued ...
Forum: Explaining changes in gaming rules
Michigan Gaming Control Board staff have proposed rules to bring order to “charitable millionaire parties.”Continued ...
Another View: Michigan must keep pushing for new bridge
Having failed to stop Gov. Rick Snyder from pursuing plans for the New International Trade Crossing with battles in Michigan, Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel Moroun has now turned his efforts to Washington, D.C.Continued ...
Facts and factions of the Republican Party
At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this fall's elections, some Republicans are busy manuContinued ...
- Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Editorial: Parking space dining idea needs a real-world tryout
They may get an "A" for effort and creativity, but some would likely flunk them on the common-sense test. The latest idea in downtown dining is to allow restaurateurs to convert parking spaces in front of their businesses into sidewalk cafes.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/18/2013
Listen to constituentsContinued ...
- Monday, March 17, 2014
To area parents who took part in Grand Traverse Academy’s annual “A Day in the Life of a Kindergartner” program, meant to give the parents of children who are starting kindergarten in the fall a first-hand look at what it’s like in a kindergarten classroom at the charter school.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/17/2014
Frankness, acceptance work.Continued ...
Clearing the Record: 03/17/2014
Because of the editorial page editor’s error, the wrong photo appeared with a column by Charles Hill on Sunday’s Opinion page. This is the correct photo.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 16, 2014
Editorial: Public notices are effective
Every year (and 2014 is no exception) some lawmaker somewhere trots out legislation that would allow local governments to take over the job of publishing public notices on their own web sites, in newsletters or in some other obscure way.Continued ...
Letters to the Editor: 03/16/2014
TCAPS’ addiction.Continued ...
Jack Lessenberry: Schuette does not shine in court
The verdict is not yet in, but for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, last week’s high-profile same-sex marriage and adoption trial in federal court was not exactly a shining triumph.Continued ...
George Weeks: Potholes on the campaign trail
‘Tis the season for the politics of potholes.Continued ...