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  1. Conflicting Michigan, federal marijuana laws may cast cloud of confusion

    Michigan's medical marijuana program has recorded some interesting ups and downs, according to state statistics analyzed by The Detroit News. The number of qualified patients and licensed primary caregivers declined between 2011 and 2013, while the number of physicians and the revenues generated from the program's license fees rose during that same period, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

  2. Gov's race shouldn't be this close

    The most comfortable bet I would make in this election season is that Gov. Rick Snyder would win re-election, and easily.

  3. Editorial: Let Israel finish its mission in Gaza

    It should be evident by now that the Hamas terrorists, who have continued firing their rockets at Israel through two temporary ceasefires, will not halt the violence without winning substantial concessions.

  4. Two tech titans diverge on philanthropic paths

    For most of the past 30 years, Bill Gates has been known by most people as the co-founder of the world's largest software company, a tough business tactician, and the richest man in the world.

  5. Mental health drop-in centers a refuge

    Too often, the stigma associated with mental illness leads to individuals feeling isolated from society. This sense of isolation contributes to lower self-esteem and a decreased well-being, which are roadblocks in the path to mental illness recovery.

  6. Our kids' futures hinge on getting out the vote

    Remember, kids can't vote. That's why you should vote with them in mind. Please vote Aug. 5.

  7. What the newspaper trends of 2014 mean for the industry's future

    The newspaper industry has transformed in a way that we could not have imagined just a decade ago.

  8. U.S. foreign policy rudderless

    The Obama administration's recent failures in the foreign-policy arena have only highlighted how far American leadership has fallen in this new century.

  9. The high cost of failing to fund public transit

    The need for Michigan to support public transportation reminds me of an old TV ad that ended with the line, '

  10. Editorial: Assess millage renewals on performance

    Voters in several communities will be asked on Tuesday to renew tax millages. Typically, voter approval is automatic for such requests.

  11. After Arizona fiasco, back to the future for the death penalty?

    The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts July 23 in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Ariz.

  12. America should stay out of Iraq civil war

    The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) represents a significant failure of U.S. policy. However, ISIL so far does not pose a significant security threat, let alone an existential one that would require American military action.

  13. Court finds Obamcare is flawed

    A federal appeals court recently struck down a major part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

  14. Tax inversions are bad business for America

    In her 1989 tax evasion trial Leona Helmsley reportedly said: 'We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.' U.S. multinational corporations have adopted this anthem, inventing increasingly creative ways to avoid paying taxes.

  15. Just the facts on Warren Evans

    It was disappointing that Nolan Finley, whose paper endorsed one of Warren Evans' opponents in the race for Wayne County executive, ran a recent column that ...

  16. Cities should cut costs, not raise taxes

    Voters in Mount Clemens must decide Aug. 5 whether to approve a hefty 5-mill tax increase that officials say is necessary to maintain current services. It's ...

  17. Detroit, Michigan's newest craft beer city

    Detroit is known by many nicknames: The Motor City, Hockeytown, 'The D', Motown. The last moniker on this list is in large part due to young entrepreneurs in ...

  18. Obamacare's future now teeters on a typo

    Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act in 2010, while they still had the votes? Now, health care for millions ...

  19. Michigan ducks minimum wage mob

    There are sensible ways to determine wage levels. Then there are idiotic ways to do it. One would be this: Send propagandists to fan out across the state, ...

  20. It's overtime in nuclear negotiations with Iran

    As the world recovers from the nail-biting conclusion to the 2014 World Cup, another high-stakes game is preparing for overtime with global implications: the ...

  21. How U.S. voters hold the key to peace in the Middle East

    More than any other time in the history of the conflict over the tiny ancient land we call Israel and Palestine, voters from a land across the sea hold unused ...

  22. AARP: Vote Yes on Proposal 1

    AARP Michigan has joined a diverse group of Michigan organizations urging passage of Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 statewide ballot.

  23. Vote no on Wayne school proposal

    Residents across Wayne County are being asked to approve a 2-mill tax increase for schools countywide. The measure on the Aug. 5 ballot would translate into an ...

  24. America's vacant presidency

    The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, President ...

  25. Eliminate personal property tax, make Michigan more competitive

    I hear it in every state the Detroit Regional Chamber travels to: 'Get rid of the personal property tax — then let's talk.' That's the reaction from potential ...

  26. Injustice the enemy in Gaza

    In addition to the many international crises, the Middle East, the center of the Abraham family, is on fire while two of the Abrahamic faith traditions are ...

  27. To change culture, change faces

    Wayne County has switched leaders before without changing course. If county residents want change, they'll have to break their habit of voting for familiar ...

  28. Don't overreact to recalls

    General Motors Corp. issued yet another recall last week — more than 800,000 vehicles worldwide, including 718,000 in the United States.

  29. The great Detroit water debate continues

    Re: Dan Calabrese's July 23 column,

  30. Raises done right in Oakland

    Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is proposing a general 3 percent increase in employee salaries for fiscal 2015.

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