In case you missed it: The week in our views

The week in our views

Frank Beckmann: At a time when Gov. Rick Snyder is trying to prove he can pinch every penny, so as to justify raising taxes to fix the roads, the Michigan Senate is pursuing an expensive real estate deal that will cost taxpayers millions more than they need to spend.

Doug Rothwell: The president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan argues that Michigan isn’t preparing its population for the jobs of the 21st century, and that its colleges and universities could play a major role in that preparation.

Ingrid Jacques: Did you know it’s illegal to transport a Christmas tree without a bill of sale? Jacques writes that, with thousands of criminal laws on the books in Michigan, and dozens being added each year, the Legislature is making criminals of us all.

William Wild: The mayor of Westland argues that mayors, who are tasked with handling some of America’s greatest problems, need to be given the resources to match.

Angelique Chengelis:Michigan Wolverines football beat writer, in covering the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony, retells the story of how legendary Coach Bo Schembechler was successful in recruiting Barry Larkin to campus, but couldn’t keep him from defecting to the baseball team. This, despite many attempts, including showing up to baseball practice to heckle Larkin.

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