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  1. Birmingham library asks too much of taxpayers

    One of the concerns is cost. The plan is the most expensive drafted over the past few years for the Baldwin library, which serves residents in Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Bloomfield Hills.

  2. Is Land the answer in Michigan?

    Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term.

  3. Obama must defend NATO's red line

    Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant chunk of Ukraine ó or at least denying effective control to the Ukraine government.

  4. The case for dissolving Detroit

    Detroit is on track to emerge from federal bankruptcy proceedings later this year, but the ability of those in city hall to competently oversee municipal governance is questionable at best.

  5. Column: U-M race fight riles Gratz

    Jennifer Gratz bristled when reports last week compared her University of Michigan fight with that of a young woman's from Detroit.

  6. Editorial: High taxes hamper real estate growth

    The Detroit real estate market is rebounding. But it's still hard to buy or rent property in the city, and high property taxes discourage investment. Combined with speculative pricing and red tape, these hurdles burden real estate sales.

  7. Readers talk living wage, taxes

    Re: Jarrett Skorup's April 17 column, 'Politics over people in minimum wage hike':

  8. A fresh spin on recycling

    A 15-point plan designed to increase the dismal residential recycling record in Michigan promises to be an economic and environmental boon.

  9. Other writers, on Ukraine, the suburbs and Obamacare

    Steve Chapman in Reason: Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures. But those in Washington, D.C., often appear in noisy flocks.

  10. Brother's passing marks end of era

    More than 65 years ago, my mother, aka 'Sweet Marie,' miscarried her first child.

  11. With faith, Detroit is never bankrupt

    Bankrupt. It's a word that can turn a person's world upside down ó fear, uncertainty and depression. When applied to an entire city, the issue is magnified.

  12. Editorial: Consider Detroit's role in crafting a healthy state

    Detroit's bankruptcy is rapidly moving beyond the courtroom and into the forums of policymakers. Lifting Michigan's largest city out of its financial crisis now depends heavily on decisions made by state lawmakers and suburban officials.

  13. Revisiting race in America

    At the risk of angering somebody like MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, I sometimes used to joke that I only look white.

  14. Powell: America must start thinking beyond energy independence

    When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, energy independence was considered impossible, with imported oil accounting for 66 percent of the oil refined in the U.S. That predicament was a troublesome weak link in U.S. national security.

  15. GM asks feds for protection once again

    Let's see if anyone can detect a pattern here: A gigantic corporation, through a combination of arrogance and incompetence, mismanages its way to the brink of ...

  16. Lobbying for a $12 cheeseburger

    In a recent op-ed, LeeAnn Hall and the Restaurant Opportunities Center's (ROC) Saru Jayaraman decry influence-peddling they say is thwarting their push for a ...

  17. Readers: Can Detroit tackle blight?

    Re: Nolan Finley's April 17 column,

    • 4:18 PM, Apr. 17, 2014

    Hollywood changes script, tempts religious audiences

    Hollywood may be taking the Christian audience for movies seriously, judging by its roster of releases for 2014. But the reception for the first major offering ...

  18. Pulte's blight vision gets torn down

    Did blight buster Bill Pulte really decide his work in Detroit was done and it was time to move on? Or did he get shoved out by the Duggan administration?

  19. Editorial: Future pension fund oversight is essential

    These funds have been plagued in the past by mismanagement and abuse. To guard against future abuse, the deal calls for establishing a new Investment Advisory ...

  20. Detroit: Asset, not a liability

    Detroit faces many challenges ó finances, public services, poverty, deteriorating infrastructure and abandoned buildings.

  21. Would you choose to move to Detroit?

    If Detroit is to have any chance of surviving in a post bankruptcy era, it needs to address a two-fold challenge head on.

  22. Yes, government can be an innovator

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion.

  23. April 17 is the real Tax Day for Michiganians

    Contrary to popular belief, the most important tax day for Michiganians isnít April 15. Itís April 17. Thatís when, on average, you finally earn enough money ...

  24. Is hate really a mental illness?

    In early April, the Anti-Defamation League offered some happy news about a very grim topic. It reported a 'significant and encouraging decline' in anti-Semitic ...

  25. The case for disbanding the IRS

    Americans ratified the 16th Amendment to the Constitution over a century ago. At the time, our ancestors believed it to be a helpful measure that allowed our ...

  26. Sustainability and the lumber industry

    Green building and sustainability are words that have become common in many businesses, industries and markets.

  27. State Sen. Colbeck: The smart way to road repair in Michigan

    Potholes. We have more than our share of them in Michigan after an exceedingly long, harsh winter. We need to repair our roads and repair them soon. These ...

  28. The Constitution, democracy and understanding our divisions

    In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is 'basically about' one word ó 'democracy' ó that appears in neither that ...

  29. Smith brothers take family feud out of the basement for Red Wings-Bruins series

    In the basement of their family's home in Mimico, Ont., Brendan and Reilly Smith staged some epic Stanley Cup Playoff series as kids, with the help of their ...


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