Prosperity is the greatest enemy of fiscal discipline. When fortunes begin to reverse, the urgency to cut spending, find savings and use resources more efficiently wanes.
If a scandal falls in Washington and the media heavyweights ignore it, does it make a noise?
Going through my mother's things, I came across my sixth-grade report card. Ouch. Your permanent record is less painful viewed through the filter of an aging memory than it is on paper.
The host of television’s “Celebrity Apprentice” was more optimistic about the Motor City than he was about the GOP, which he says is tying itself in knots to pander for votes.
Detroit may be just a week or two away from having a new police chief. A job offer should go out late this week to Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig, a native Detroiter who is the consensus choice of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the city's Police Commission.
Detroit may as well be a designated garbage dump for the way we treat it. Nobody’s innocent. Detroiters blame suburbanites for coming into the city for fireworks, boat races and the like and leaving behind mountains of trash. And that’s true. But it’s also true that litter is ankle deep along almost any Detroit street, thrown there by residents who have to live among it.
It's better to be lucky than good. Better still to be both lucky and good.
Expanding background checks to include the few commercial transactions for which they're not already required should have been easy. It would have given anti-gun zealots a meaningless victory and would have put to rest, at least for now, the post-Newtown assault on the Second Amendment.
For the past 18 days, the wizards at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital have been working their magic to give my newest grandson the opportunity to live.
On the same night I began hunting for the scraps of paper I'll need for my tax return, President Barack Obama, his wife, kids and a bunch of their buddies were enjoying a live concert of Memphis soul music in a White House now closed to the public because of budget sequestration.
Perhaps some good will come out of the latest embarrassment for the Republican Party, the one wrought by Michigan GOP national committeeman Dave Agema.
The Rev. Charles Williams II has something in common with Kevyn Orr, the man he is relentlessly protesting. Both have troubles with the tax man.
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Nolan Finley is Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News, a position he's held since May 1, 2000. He directs the expression of the newspaper's editorial position on various national and local issues, and also writes a column in the Sunday newspaper.
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Prior to becoming Editorial Page Editor, Finley was the newspaper's Deputy Managing Editor, directing the newsroom.
Previously, he served as Business Editor, and in various editing positions on the city, state and metro desks. He was also a reporter, covering Detroit City Hall during the Coleman Young administration.
Finley has been with the newspaper since 1976, starting as a copy boy in the newsroom while a student at Wayne State University. He is a graduate of both Schoolcraft College in Livonia and Wayne State, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism. In 2001, Schoolcraft named him its outstanding alumni.
He is a native of Cumberland County, Ky.
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