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  1. Crafting a new vision along the Detroit riverfront

    When Mark Wallace looks out along the Detroit riverfront, he doesn't only observe what it is now. He sees what it could be.

  2. State GOP shouldtry to get it right

    But you wouldn't know that from the nasty and absurd battle that's going on leading up to the Republican Party's state convention this weekend.

    • 5:11 PM, Aug. 21, 2014

    If you don't stop evil, evil spreads

    It reads like something from a history book or a class lecture about something decades and even centuries ago in a time period where we were less equipped to handle it. But it is happening right now, to our own people, in a time period where we have sophisticated military, high-tech equipment and the ability to get status updates in real time.

    • 4:46 PM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Detroit, Pointes deal is a good first step

    As the Detroit City Councilman for District 4, situated on the far east side, I have the great fortune of working with and serving some of the most active, hardworking and compassionate residents in the City of Detroit, as well as residents, officials and

    • 5:11 PM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Exchange plans fail autoimmune patients

    The latest legal wrangle over the Affordable Care Act raises the prospect that millions will find themselves unable to afford health insurance. Just as vexing, though, is the quality of coverage insurers are currently offering.

    • 5:10 PM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Don't politicize education standards

    The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a think tank for developed countries. America's grades weren't very good.

    • 5:11 PM, Aug. 21, 2014

    In Ferguson, Mo., will civil rights of the police officer be respected?

    There's still a lot we don't know about the Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

    • 9:06 AM, Aug. 21, 2014

    Court deal may take heat out of election

    For the first time in 16 years, the state Supreme Court races on Michigan's fall ballot may be lightly battled, low-key affairs. After a string of bitterly contested and hugely expensive court campaigns, Republicans and Democrats are calling a truce.

    • 10:56 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson has a global audience

    Beijing Amnesty International has sent monitors to the scene. Palestinians are tweeting advice on how to cope with tear gas. Tibetan monks have showed up to offer prayers. Russian officials, Iran's official news agency and China's state-run media are offering lectures on human rights abuses.

  3. Reform Michigan corrections guidelines

    Michigan spends more money on corrections than on higher education about $2 billion annually, or $35,000 per prisoner.

    • 3:30 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Operation Choke Point an abuse of power

    Americans have discovered that even though President Barack Obama vowed to have 'the most transparent administration in history,' that pledge has fallen short.

    • 10:57 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Perceptions of Ferguson shooting, protests split along racial lines

    Washington Blacks and whites see the events in Ferguson, Mo., through starkly different lenses, a new nationwide survey shows.

    • 5:02 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    The fight over corporate tax inversions

    President Barack Obama, presiding over an unusually dismal post-recession economy, might make matters worse with a distracting crusade against the minor and sensible business practice called tax inversion.

    • 5:01 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Insurance exchanges fail colon cancer patients

    Colon cancer will claim the lives of more than 50,000 Americans this year. It's a disease we should all take personally. One in 20 people will be diagnosed at some point in their lives and it affects both men and women almost equally.

  4. The meaning of freedom

    Many people in this country were shocked when the U.S. Navy recently announced the removal of all Bibles from military hotels under their control. This was in ...

    • 5:01 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    America's libertarian moment?

    The New York Times wonders if the libertarian moment has arrived. Unfortunately, there've been false starts before.

    • 3:22 PM, Aug. 20, 2014

    Government transparency matters

    One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks.

  5. Who should run Detroit's schools?

    School choice, at least in the form of charter and traditional public schools, is spreading rapidly in Detroit. And while that's a promising development for ...

    • 4:20 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    Republicans have a plan to create jobs

    Our country has long been predicated on and flourished under the belief that a good, honest day's work brings success.

    • 4:19 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    The battle for the Michigan GOP

    The tussle between Michigan Republicans over the re-nomination of Lt. Gov. Brian Calley may be getting the headlines, but it is little more than a proxy war ...

    • 4:19 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    Labor Voices: Debbie Stabenow pushes to bring jobs home

    Legislation sponsored by Michigan's own Sen. Debbie Stabenow that would have provided tax credits for American companies to bring home jobs from overseas while ...

    • 3:21 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    How to help grow Detroit

    In Detroit, economic prosperity leads the discussion regarding the region's long-term vitality. Beneath its fiscal problems is the tenacity of its citizens ...

    • 4:01 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    Gov. Snyder is no George Wallace

    If it's hard for you to think of mild-mannered, former business executive Rick Snyder in the mold of erstwhile racist southern politician George Wallace, that ...

    • 3:58 PM, Aug. 19, 2014

    Will the real Mark Schauer please stand up?

    The greatest credential for a politician is showing their loyalty to their beliefs. That's how you rally your base, shore up your supporters, and gain ...

  6. Editorial: Wolf hunting should continue

    Wolf hunting has proved successful in Michigan. The Legislature should allow it to continue.

  7. Editorial: Expand alternative energy with caution

    Lawmakers are considering a package of bills that would expand the state's renewable energy program in several ways, including making it easier for consumers ...

    • 5:00 PM, Aug. 18, 2014

    We do not live in a zero-sum world

    Investopedia defines a 'zero-sum game' as 'a situation in which one person's gain is equivalent to another's loss, so the net change in wealth or benefit is ...

    • 4:59 PM, Aug. 18, 2014

    Getting free from the MEA

    As the general public becomes more acquainted with stories and statistics about the growing disconnect between teacher labor unions and real life educators, I ...

    • 4:31 PM, Aug. 18, 2014

    Ferguson and America's structural violence epidemic

    I flew into St. Louis on Aug. 9, to celebrate the birthdays of my mother and nephew and immediately learned about Michael Brown, a soon-to-be college student ...

    • 4:29 PM, Aug. 18, 2014

    President Obama's bully pulpit

    Riots in Ferguson, Mo., draw President Obama into a familiar, although unwritten part of his job description: a blend of national healer and scold-in-chief.

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