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The Best and Worst of America

Nov 10, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – Democracy is a process that is not easy to achieve or maintain. The values of democracy and freedom were on my...

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MI Needs a New Education Fundi...

Nov 10, 2017 by

Jack Lessenberry – DETROIT – Mayor Mike Duggan, as expected, breezed to a re-election landslide this week over State Senator...

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Community Mental Health: Adds ...

Oct 28, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – I have witnessed the public community mental health system unfold, in one capacity or another, for 40 of the...

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Windstorm Shaking the World

Oct 20, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – Travel has a way of opening the heart, mind, and senses. Once again, my senses have been re-awakened by travel in...

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Gun Violence is Killing Americ...

Oct 13, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – “Why does your government not do something about the senseless gun violence in America?” This has been the...

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In Michigan, path to elite col...

Oct 6, 2017 by

Mike Wilkinson – Silos of success Use the map to see where last year’s high school graduates are attending college, and how...

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Rock Climbing

Sep 15, 2017 by

Lou Glazer – What made Michigan prosperous in the past won’t in the future. It’s time for Michigan to understand that, and...

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Educators Put a Happy Face on ...

Sep 10, 2017 by

Chad Selweski – The results are out for the main test administered to Michigan’s K-12 students and what they show, above all...

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Michigan’s Illiterate Children...

Sep 7, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – It is simply unacceptable. Imagine your child or grandchild going though life, without the ability to read. In...

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Welcome Ballmer Group: Let’s E...

Aug 20, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, grew up in the metro Detroit area. He...

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Yes, Snyder Will Cave and Kill...

Jun 8, 2017 by

Susan J. Demas – Let me help you skip to the end of this story. Yes, of course, Michigan will kill pensions for teachers. And...

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Death to Unum

May 26, 2017 by

Chuck Moss – Okay, so Bill O’Reilly’s been canned from Fox, after a firestorm of protest. These angry folks besieged...

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Why Are Business Lobbyists Fig...

Apr 27, 2017 by

Susan J. Demas – When you get just about everything you want in life, you tend to focus on the little things. You could argue...

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Know When to Fold ‘Em

Apr 21, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – In life, as in poker, Kenny Rodgers reminds us of the challenge to “know when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em.”...

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Why Write Vanilla?

Mar 17, 2017 by

An opinion piece ought to take a stand. Ideas matter. Tom Watkins – It seems if one is going to step out and express ideas,...

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Educational Urgency Needed

Mar 3, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – A child without a decent education today, is an adult without much of a future tomorrow.  Unless we get serious...

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A Failing Grade

Feb 15, 2017 by

Chad Selweski – Thirty-four years ago, a sweeping assessment of K-12 schools released by President Reagan’s National Commission...

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Many Types of Birds In A Big W...

Jan 28, 2017 by

Tom Watkins – When traveling, one’s senses are open to a wide swath of experiences. New experiences bring joy and wonder to my...

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A Tremendous Fear

Sep 9, 2016 by

Jack Lessenberry – DETROIT – This is a story that hasn’t gotten major attention, but which is deeply worrying those who work...

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The Poverty Death Spiral

Jul 28, 2016 by

Tom Watkins – While not much more than an inconvenience when you are of modest means, life becomes a catastrophic penalty when...

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