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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    • 5:02 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    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.

    • 5:09 PM, Jul. 29, 2014

    Court finds Obamcare is flawed

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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 failed to tell the full story on Evans' background ('To change culture, change faces,' July 27).

  5. 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 too much to ask of taxpayers.

    • 5:21 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    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 the city taking risks and creating their own opportunities.

    • 5:12 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    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 teeters on a typo.

    • 5:11 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    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, imploring people to sign their names if they think folks deserve more money.

    • 5:33 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    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 international community's nuclear deal with Iran.

    • 5:31 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    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 power to change the basic course and outcomes of that conflict.

    • 5:22 PM, Jul. 28, 2014

    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.

  6. 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 additional $379 per-student for six years, and schools could use the money however they'd like.

    • 3:40 PM, Jul. 27, 2014

    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 ...

    • 3:39 PM, Jul. 27, 2014

    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 ...

    • 3:40 PM, Jul. 27, 2014

    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 ...

    • 10:14 AM, Jul. 27, 2014

    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 ...

  7. 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.

  8. The great Detroit water debate continues

    Re: Dan Calabrese's July 23 column,

  9. Raises done right in Oakland

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

    • 2:35 PM, Jul. 25, 2014

    Metro Detroit has a plethora of talent

    Outta' My Mind on a Saturday Moanin''

    • 2:34 PM, Jul. 25, 2014

    Why incumbents keep winning

    It's no news that Congress is unpopular.

  10. Other writers, on the death penalty, gridlock, and the Constitution

    Lauren Galik in Reason: Another state, another botched execution carried out with secret new drugs. This time: Arizona, where convicted murderer Joseph ...

  11. For Wayne County Commission

    The News has only endorsed Wayne County Commission candidates in Aug. 5 primary races that are contested. Where uncontested, we withhold endorsing.

  12. Resume flights to Israel

    Airlines are beginning to resume service to Ben Gurion Airport, after the Federal Aviation Authority lifted its ban on flights to Israel's largest airport.

    • 5:27 PM, Jul. 24, 2014

    Lawmakers must address juvenile sentencing

    We were two of more than 100 former prosecutors, judges, state bar presidents, along with former Gov. William Milliken, who joined a friend of the court brief ...

    • 3:42 PM, Jul. 24, 2014

    Michigan and the Halbig case

    This week, a federal court accepted Attorney General Bill Schuette's argument that hundreds of thousands of Michigan families are ineligible for federal tax ...

    • 10:55 AM, Jul. 25, 2014

    Michigan Medicaid reform: Putting patients and taxpayers in control

    Michigan Medicaid reform: Putting patients and taxpayers in control

  13. The perils of mixing politics, business

    When I was a small child, one of the most dramatic and effective business boycotts in the history of America occurred. This was the Montgomery bus boycott.

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