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In recent years, the nation has seen a grass-roots surge of interest in an old idea — financial reparations to help redress the atrocity of slavery and the many successive injustices, from … more
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor’s decision to pass on a congressional run punctuates a problem Democrats may have going into the 2024 cycle. With U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin running for the U.S. … more
The Democrat majority in Michigan’s Senate and House is making quick progress on gun legislation, which is popularly supported by Michigan citizens. The House has already passed a bill … more
On March 1, City Pulse reported on the recent enforcement against occupied red-tagged properties in Lansing. These events highlight the housing crisis plaguing our community. Individuals and families … more
A better safety net for kids: If you want to know what a politician’s values are, follow the money. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed 2024 budget demonstrates that her administration … more
Agitated that other priorities have taken center stage in the early days of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, labor leaders convinced the state House to take up measures this week to repeal the … more
On any given night, in any emergency department at any hospital in Michigan, the people needing care include a patient in need of mental health services who is held in a room for hours, sometimes days … more
It’s 8:30 at night and you’re in the living room watching TV with your kids, when you hear a knock at the door. You go to the door and see five law enforcement officers standing on the porch … more
Back in 2018, then-congressional candidate Elissa Slotkin hammered U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop on being invisible in mid-Michigan. To her, it wasn’t a partisan thing. It was a being-present … more
The shocking and tragic events of Feb. 13 will have a long-lasting impact on us all. The mass shooting on the campus of Michigan State University left three students dead, five more wounded and a … more
I am stuck on housing these days — more specifically, housing that is varied, affordable and not the single-family homes that predominate in our neighborhoods. Lansing (like many other cities) contains a demographic mismatch, with single-family zoning covering 83% of Lansing’s … more
On Wednesday last week, the Eaton County Board of Commissioners began with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Michigan State University shooting tragedy.  Later in the meeting, they debated the passage of a resolution in a manner that was anything but silent. … more
As a historian of 20th century Europe, I wanted to extend an invitation to Eaton County Commissioner Brian Droscha to educate himself on communism, its goals and history, given the important role he … more
Come ride along with me while I detour from the regular education route of my monthly column. Go with me to Spain, to the streets of Barcelona on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018. I was marching that day … more
If Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill today that not a single Michigan Republican legislator supported, when do you think it would officially be on the books as a law? The type of bill … more
Three students at Michigan State University are dead. Five more students have been shot. Fifty thousand more students are now victims of trauma, only the latest to occur at a place of American education … more
Carol Siemon didn’t have a chance to run for reelection as Ingham County prosecutor on her policy not to charge felony firearm cases. Her argument was that a wide majority of these defendants were Black. … more
Michigan’s children deserve the very best education, but what they have received from state government over the last couple of decades has been disappointing and lackluster. However, the energy … more
I’m not sure if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is putting her name on them, but you can thank the governor for the $180-per-person rebate check you’re getting later this spring or summer. Michigan is sitting on $9.2 billion thanks to an economy still buzzing … more
I read with interest the City Pulse editorial in your Feb. 1 edition titled “Tax the Rich,” and I agree that changes Governor Whitmer has proposed, including expansion of the state’s Earned Income Tax (which I worked on since it was first introduced in 2006), ... more
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