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  1. Editorial: Michigan welcomes foreign investments

    Michigan has strong working relationships with several foreign countries ó Italy, Germany and Mexico among them ó because of the strength of its automobile industry. Ties to China, the global economic powerhouse, are not as strong. But they are growing.

  2. Labor Voices: Charter schools fail the test of time

    Some 20 years ago, Michigan enacted legislation creating charter schools, with the goal of creating innovative educational opportunities for Michigan students. In the 20 years since, that goal has been replaced with a different goal: corporate profit.

  3. In Marshall, lessons from an oil spill

    July 26, 2010, is a day that no one at Enbridge will ever forget. On that day, nearly four years ago, our pipeline failed near Marshall, Michigan.

  4. Calling water a 'human right' doesn't wash

    According to the luminaries at the United Nations, water is a basic human right. Let's talk about the whole idea of 'rights' and how one would actually apply it in real-life situations.

  5. Protecting intellectual property

    The number of venture capital firms in the state has grown 44 percent since 2009, according to a survey released earlier this month. That's more than seven times the rate of growth nationally.

  6. Clearing the air on Oakley

    As a longtime Oakley resident and village president pro tem, I'd like to respond to The Detroit News' July 8 article, 'Village, reserve cops find mutual gains.'

  7. Bold arena development could transform Detroit

    Nothing this exciting has ever been offered for Detroit, at least nothing with as much potential of actually getting built.

  8. The GOP's minimum wage class war

    A hike in the minimum wage has been marched for by activists, supported by President Barack Obama, passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

  9. Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality

    Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, N.C., Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse.

  10. Washington, it's time to talk to North Korea

    North Korea has imprisoned one American since 2012 and announced its intention to try two other U.S. citizens recently arrested for '

  11. This summer, Buy Nearby

    Research shows that if Michigan residents switched just one in 10 purchases from out-of-state merchants to nearby retailers, Michigan retail sales would increase by at least $850 million annually.

  12. Prop 1 won't cost communities

    A commitment to the facts compels me to respond to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts' July 18 column regarding Proposition 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot ('Prop 1 would hurt Warren').

  13. Return to sensible fireworks regulations

    Michigan's easing of bans on larger fireworks has been an assault on neighborhood peace

  14. 'Undocumented' hypocrisy and the drug war

    I wrote this on a Sunday, when people who spent the week shouting at busloads of refugee children sit in their churches, praising Jesus for his great mercies.

  15. When GOP comes to Cleveland

    The Republicans have made a choice, and it's the last easy one they will have for the next 23 months. They will hold their national political convention in ...

  16. Mass water shutoffs immoral

    Nolan Finley's July 17 column, 'There is no right to free water,' misrepresents a number of issues in the argument about water shutoffs and deserves response ...

  17. Editorial: Auction helps Detroit shed properties

    Mayor Mike Duggan made reversing the tide of Detroit's waning population a selling point in his mayoral campaign. He seems to have come up with the right ...

  18. Parts are not parts, after all

    Society has for too long relied on genitalia to assume maleness and femaleness. Donít do it, my Netroots comrades caution. Gender is not about what does or ...

  19. Metro Detroit's water war

    Re: Nolan Finley's July 17 column, 'There is no right to free water': Pay your bills people. It's that simple. As the article suggests and most of know to be ...

  20. Balance policing, privacy

    New legislation that would put controls on the use of high-tech surveillance equipment by law enforcement has been introduced in the Legislature.

  21. Editorial Quick Hits: Theirs

    Fareed Zakaria in The Washington Post: The world seems very messy these days, which might be an occasion to examine the broad forces producing the turmoil. But ...

  22. Moral clarity in Gaza

    Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing.

  23. A great summer of golf and giving back

    The 2014 Marathon Classic, presented by Owens Corning & O-I, is underway through Sunday at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio.

  24. Vote Yes on SMART millage, reluctantly

    As frustrated as we've been with the inability of Metro Detroit to put together an integrated bus system, we are recommending a 'yes' on SMART's request to ...

  25. Prop 1 would hurt Warren

    Our city assessor indicates that Proposal 1 would rob Warren of at least $400,000 in revenue from our city each year. Over a 10-year period, that would amount ...

  26. In Israel, who defines what is 'proportionate'?

    'Look, when militants in Gaza fire rockets at Israel, then Israel has a right to respond, but with some proportionality.'

  27. Water debate jumps the shark

    No one ever thought Judge Steven Rhodes would have an easy job wading through the minefield of creditor issues involved in Detroit's bankruptcy filing, but ...

  28. Obamacare's future less dire than touted

    In a July 2 op-ed, University of Minnesota economist Stephen Parente painted a grim picture for future premium increases in the Affordable Care Act both ...

  29. Pot dispensary bill lacks teeth

    Two bills are being considered by the state Senate Committee on Government Operations. They both are backed by excellent intentions and their concepts are ...

  30. There is no right to free water

    Water is not a human right. It's a human need. Ever since Adam and Eve got booted out of Eden, people have devoted most of their energy and labor to meeting ...

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