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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 5:31 PM, Apr. 18, 2014

    Brother's passing marks end of era

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

    • 4:48 PM, Apr. 18, 2014

    With faith, Detroit is never bankrupt

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    • 3:49 PM, Apr. 17, 2014

    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.

    • 3:47 PM, Apr. 17, 2014

    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 oblivion, only to be rescued from the consequences of its screwups by the federal government.

  5. 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 minimum wage hike ('Restaurant lobby has ulterior motive in minimum wage debate,' April 11).

  6. 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 this year, 'Noah,' indicates that difficult times are ahead for an industry that isn't used to catering to the religious crowd.

    • 9:57 AM, Apr. 17, 2014

    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?

  7. 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 Board that will have final say over future investments by the funds.

    • 5:58 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    Detroit: Asset, not a liability

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

    • 5:17 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    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.

    • 5:57 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    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.

    • 5:46 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    April 17 is the real Tax Day for Michiganians

    Contrary to popular belief, the most important tax day for Michiganians isn’t April 15. It’s April 17. That’s when, on average, you finally earn enough money ...

    • 5:44 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    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 ...

    • 5:31 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    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 ...

    • 5:31 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    Sustainability and the lumber industry

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

    • 5:31 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    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 ...

    • 4:03 PM, Apr. 16, 2014

    The Constitution, democracy and understanding our divisions

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

  8. Editorial: State's improved economy just a start

    While Michigan lost close to one million jobs following the Great Recession and the near collapse of the auto industry, the state is now among the leaders in ...

    • 5:12 PM, Apr. 15, 2014

    Snyder keeps your tax dollars in the family

    Yesterday was Tax Day. If you are a retiree or middle class worker, the odds are that you've seen an increase in what you pay to the state since Gov. Rick ...

    • 6:00 PM, Apr. 15, 2014

    Liberal policies harm millennials

    With yet another jobs report coming in below expectations this past week, one thing has become apparent: the Obama administration's policies are not only ...

    • 5:13 PM, Apr. 15, 2014

    Politics over people in minimum wage hike

    It's an election year, meaning most politicians will be more interested in good politics rather than good policy.

  9. Treasurer: Board power grab unfortunate

    As the treasurer of West Bloomfield Township, I have faithfully served and supported the residents.

  10. Editorial: Rep. Dave Camp's plan would make Tax Day easier

    Dave Camp's pending retirement from Congress may put an end to his long crusade to make common sense of the nation's tax code, unless someone else takes up the ...

    • 3:48 PM, Apr. 14, 2014

    The minimum wage is hardly a 'living'

    Last week, I tried living on just $42 worth of groceries. The endeavor was part of the 'Minimum Wage Grocery Challenge,' where state legislators across the ...

    • 3:51 PM, Apr. 15, 2014

    Finding the good in Preisdent Lyndon Johnson

    Many black or Hispanic Americans, seniors who are sick, jobless families whose kids don't go hungry because of food stamps, participants in the hundreds of ...


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