June 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

EDITORIAL QUICK HITS

Michigan lags in infant care

A recent report indicates that proper infant and maternal care is lacking for many in Michigan’s largest cities.

The Right Start study by the Michigan League for Public Policy concluded that infants and their moms faced several disadvantages in what was termed Michigan’s legacy cities. These once thriving communities, such as Detroit and Flint, have floundered financially and their populations have plummeted.

Infants in these cities were more than twice as likely to be born to women without a high school diploma or GED. The babies had roughly double the likelihood of being born to a teenager and nearly twice the odds of being born to a single parent compared to the births in municipalities surrounding the municipalities.

Michigan has an Infant Mortality Reduction Plan that could help. Health experts, city officials and residents need to work together to implement as many of its recommendations as possible, despite the persistent lack of funds.

Protect privacy of gun owners

The privacy rights of gun owners has been enhanced with the passage of bipartisan legislation this week.

Under the bills, private records and personal information of firearms owners will be exempt from disclosure under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

FOIA offers the media and all individuals access to government documents that rightfully should be termed public information.

But the protection of gun owners’ personal data is also important, particularly in view of what has happened elsewhere in the United States. The publication of private information in some states reportedly has put gun owners and their neighbors at risk.

The legislation still allows law enforcement officials to have full access to firearms records in the course of their duties. It also requires a log be kept of who accessed the files and the reason for doing so.

An outlet for conservative students

Thanks to the social media, college students with conservative views now have an avenue to vent their frustrations or express their opinions when they encounter intimidating or overbearing professors.

Students with instructors who want to impose their views on the class are turning to the #MyLiberalCampus Twitter site. The Detroit News highlighted the trend in a recent report. Tweeting about a professor who may be out of line during a lecture not only allows a student to release anger but also gain support from sometimes hundreds of young people who share his or her views.

Professors, like all Americans, have First Amendment rights, but as instructors they also have a responsibility to temper their views or ensure that conflicting opinions are also heard.

Since this is often not the case on many liberal campuses, the Twitter website is a good channel for conservative students who may disagree with their professor but are hesitant to speak up for fear of retribution.