Sept. 30 2015
The visit by Pope Francis to America offered an extraordinary lesson in leadership
Sept. 23 2015
And when it comes to tough grades for the graders, which is what the U.S. Department of Education has done with the nation's public and private colleges, the schools respond like students and complain...
Sept. 16 2015
Only two Republicans, Gamrat, still clueless about how she's perceived by colleagues, and Martin Howrylak, from Troy, voted against the death penalty. Ironically, most of the support she received in the...
Sept. 9 2015
It's obvious by now that House Reps. Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat have made some terrible decisions: Their all-too-public affair, the misuse of their offices to hide it, the looney pay-for-gay-sex...
Sept. 2 2015
There are three troubling benchmarks that define Michigan today: horrific roads, overflowing prisons and long-term disinvestment in higher education. All three reflect Michigan´s...
Aug. 26 2015
Other than copywriters in the “Pure Michigan” spin shop, no one familiar with Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties would rate them high on “natural amenities.”...
Aug. 19 2015
The letter arrived at our home a few weeks ago from the United States Department of Commerce. My family had been chosen, actually required by federal law, to complete the American Community Survey....
Aug. 12 2015
In an era where pay to workers has hardly budged, the compensation paid to chief executives has soared. CEOs in 1965 earned about 20 times the typical worker. By 2013 CEOS earned about 300 times that...
Aug. 5 2015
The warnings began in May: “State confirms first case of wasting disease in wild deer.” And where was ground zero for this news? Suburban Meridian Township of all places. What followed the...
July 22 2015
At some point, when Lansing looks at the costs and benefits of selling the Board of Water & Light, it will need a survey assessing people´s feelings. But the poll released last week by the...
July 8 2015
It happened without fanfare or public notice, but last week was significant in more than 100 communities, five of them in Michigan, most notably here in Lansing. The ownership of their newspapers shifted...
July 1 2015
Any way you look at it, last week was a professional smackdown for Michigan´s attorney general, Bill Schuette. To be sure, many Republicans were disappointed, some bitterly so, by the U.S. Supreme...
June 24 2015
So what´s been happening with Mike Rogers since he left Congress in January? He´s gone into business. What business? Mike Rogers Inc. And it seems to be doing very well. He has founded...
June 17 2015
It´s been a long and bitter battle between Ingham County and Lansing Township, but the $12 million construction project to address flooding in neighborhoods and at business in and around Wood Street...
June 10 2015
That many of Michigan´s cities are struggling is well known. Detroit is the nation´s poster child for a city in decline. On the west side of the state, Benton Harbor is near collapse. The...
June 3 2015
Jeb Bush visited Lansing last week, not yet an official candidate for president, but clearly running. In the crowded field of Republicans he´s a strong contender with name recognition (for good...
May 27 2015
That Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will consider selling the city´s electric utility is encouraging, if somewhat wrong footed. Bernero finally acknowledges that BWL is a valuable and vulnerable asset....
May 20 2015
Just three weeks after rioting in some of Baltimore´s poorest neighborhoods, this past weekend´s Preakness Stakes, the city´s premier sporting event, happened without incident. I was...
May 13 2015
Armed with the results from the survey it conducted this winter, Lansing is weighing a series of initiatives to reposition the struggling City Market
May 13 2015
Last week´s resounding defeat of the bloated Proposal 1 constitutional amendment puts funding for repairs of Michigan´s crumbling roads back where it belongs, in the state Legislature. It...

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