When I was a boy my father demonstrated how a half cup of gasoline poured on the brush pile and touched off with a match brought forth a rattling whomp that shook the air as flames sprang to life. Fuel and spark; I was hooked. I thrilled at that explosive power, the acrid smell and the wall …

To about 125 art students who sewed 100 pairs of mittens for their Mitten-A-Thon event on Thursday in the Kalkaska High School library to donate to Safe Harbor and Jubilee House, homeless outreach centers in Traverse City. Art teacher Monica Malbouef said students came up with the idea after…

I work in direct care as a salaried manager of an adult group home. I regularly worked more than 100 hours in any given two-week pay period without getting paid any overtime.

The holiday season can be a complicated time. For some, it’s full of joy and excitement while others experience sadness and anxiety. In fact, more than half of Americans (58 percent) consider the holidays more stressful than not. But by implementing certain behaviors, a person can better man…

Michigan voters in 2011 successfully recalled Rep. Paul Scott, R-Grand Blanc, holding him accountable for supporting cuts in the state education funding.

The Gallagher family recently protected 172 acres of its more than 400-acre holdings near Traverse City through a conservation easement with the nonprofit Leelanau Conservancy. Those 172 acres — on a ridge that overlooks Grand Traverse Bay from the west side of East Cherry Bend Road — will n…

I’ve lived in Detroit for 33 years and while I’ve had brief periods of sleeping on couches, I’m lucky to never have been homeless. With cheap rent, I was able to survive on a meager income while pursuing something creative, either from a personal talent or being involved in a community arts …

At a recent Detroit Economic Club forum, Scott Serota, president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, spoke extensively about the state of health care in America as well as its future, including how we can make it more affordable while continuing to encourage in…

As impeachment talk ratchets up the partisan tension in Washington, there’s still hope that progress can be made on the most serious threat we face. It appears Republicans and Democrats are coming together, albeit slowly, on one issue that seemed intractable not long ago: climate change.

To volunteers who skipped dinner to cook for the homeless. Joanne Tuck ran the Safe Harbor kitchen from 10 a.m. onward on Thanksgiving, leading a pro-bono crew from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in cutting potatoes, carving turkeys and getting yams in the oven.

More than 10,000 Detroiters experienced homelessness in 2018, enough to fill one quarter of Comerica Park, and representing the largest share of people experiencing homelessness in the state. The McGregor Fund thinks about this every day. We believe that while homelessness is a large, comple…

In the last Democratic debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders said that the United Nations is projecting “hundreds of millions of climate refugees” in the “years to come” as a result of climate change. The U.N., however, doesn’t currently endorse a particular estimate, and the term “climate refugee” is…

Rebuttal to conservatism

The third-grade reading law is finally being implemented after a three-year phase-in. It would be unjust to these students and their classmates to delay full implementation further. Some in Lansing are proposing actions that would repeal a key part of the law and do just that.

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