- Saturday, November 9, 2013
Another View: Local cities could reap riches from drilling
Rochester has lost out for now on an opportunity that could enrich both residents and its government coffers, allowing a misinformation campaign to scare off two Traverse City-based engineering companies that wanted to lease mineral rights on public land.Continued ...
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No school factor -- not budget, not class size, not curriculum -- is more important to a child's experience in the classroom than the teacher, but that's not how we treat teachers in the United States, and it shows. About 40 percent of teachers leaveContinued ...
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Another View: NSA’s intelligence gathering not very smart
It’s hardly a secret that nations gather intelligence on each other. That’s true of friends and adversaries.Continued ...
- Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Another View: Make quality focus of school ratings
Two well-worn bits of advice seem appropriate regarding the next bit of angst over improving and monitoring Michigan’s K-12 public schools.Continued ...
- Saturday, November 2, 2013
Another View: CRC wades into no-fault insurance issue
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan often wades deep into complex policy issues to offer perspective for thoughtful Michiganders. Its latest foray is into the world of no-fault auto insurance.Continued ...
Another View: Good riddance to NERD Fund
The good news is that Gov. Rick Snyder has finally agreed to stop tapping anonymous donors to pay for government personnel and initiatives he was unable or unwilling to fund with taxpayer dollars.Continued ...
- Friday, November 1, 2013
Another View: Obamacare stumbles over the basics
Every new program is bound to have a few glitches. But what's happening right now with the nation's new health insurance program and online signup efforts is disturbing. And it creates uncertainty regarding the entire concept of health care reform. CContinued ...
- Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Another View: Buy American, but not because it’s legislated
The search for American-made — or at least partially American-made — items can be a challenge. Statistics from economic research groups target clothing and shoes as the worst culprit because only 10 percent of them are manufactured domestically.Continued ...
- Saturday, October 26, 2013
Another View: Embrace nutrition guidelines
Kids raised on white bread, fast food and sweets are not going to be thrilled by school lunches featuring whole wheat, salads and fruit.Continued ...
- Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Another View: Suspensions put kids on track to failure
Imagine a school in which suspending a student for unacceptable behavior was, by policy, almost unimaginable.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Bullies don't just haunt the playground
Two Florida girls, ages 14 and 12, were arrested and charged with third-degree felony aggravated stalking after a 12-year-old schoolmate, Rebecca Sedwick, hurled herself to her death from a tower. Rebecca was repeatedly bullied at school and online.Continued ...
- Saturday, October 19, 2013
Another View: Court could reshape American politics
Creating more distrust and cynicism of American politics wouldn’t be difficult today. We would need only to remove all restrictions on how much money wealthy donors can provide elected officials.Continued ...
Another View: Reciting Pledge should lead to reflection
Michigan’s K-12 public schools are now required to set aside a portion of each school day for students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.Continued ...
- Friday, October 18, 2013
Another View: Time to expand bottle return program
Michigan is well-known for its bottle return law, having been featured in a “Seinfeld” TV episode in which the characters try to drive a truck full of cans from New York to Michigan in order to cash in.Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Another View: 'Dark money' in judicial races is a scandal
In no branch of government is it more important for a public official to be beyond even a hint of conflict of interest than in the judiciary.Continued ...
- Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Another View: Dams in state badly need repairs
Several weeks ago, an Associated Press report that bridges in the state of Michigan that are in difficult condition made headlines. Now, it’s dams.Continued ...
Another View: Thawing may lead to nuclear agreement
So what are we to make of Iran’s most recent overtures to the United States?Continued ...
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Another View: Open the Vatican's scandal-prone bank
It might be the ideal environment for a financial scandal: Millions of dollars in assets, a hands-off top authority with higher priorities and little background in finance, a culture of secrecy. And thus it has been over the years with the InstituteContinued ...
- Sunday, October 6, 2013
Another View: Why ignore message?
Have a health-related problem? They have a pill for that.Continued ...
- Saturday, October 5, 2013
Another View: SNAP judgments will hurt young, vulnerable
The proponents of cuts to the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program say they would like to replace “the lifestyle of government dependency with the self-respect and upward economic mobility that comes from work.” So would we.Continued ...
Another View: Electric vehicle charging cost to consider
In 2012, the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority secured an $110,000 federal grant to install 18 electric vehicle charging stations in city owned parking lots.Continued ...
- Friday, October 4, 2013
Another View: Keeping spirit of FOIA strong
Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act will be 40 years old in 2016. That would seem long enough to assure that it is well understood and equally well followed by the public officials who entertain requests to review public records from citizens and the media.Continued ...
- Thursday, October 3, 2013
Another View: Money, media, apathy got us into mess
Americans are frustrated their duly elected leaders can’t figure out how to operate our government in a reasonable way.Continued ...
Another View: Shield law must provide broad protections
On the heels of revelations that the Justice Department had seized the phone records of Associated Press reporters and had traced the emails and calls of a Fox News reporter, Congress seems willing to provide federal protections for journalists and their sources.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 29, 2013
Humans are almost certainly to blame for global warming
Humans are almost certainly to blame for global warming. That's the conclusion reached by scientists in various fields who gathered in Stockholm, Sweden, last week as part of a United Nations program on global warming. Technically, the researchers saContinued ...