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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
What does a newly retired, older woman with modest savings and a large, old eastside home do to enhance her financial security? One option is to do what women did 100 to 200 years ago: open a … more
It’s hard to give a blanket explanation for why Republicans have had such a hard time winning U.S. Senate seats in Michigan over the last 60 years, but they have.  Since 1959, Michigan … more
Being in the majority has its privileges.  After 40 years in the minority, Michigan Democrats are figuring out that being in the majority comes with power.  Republicans are figuring out that without power … more
Every semester, I faced new classes of writing students. With rare exceptions, I didn’t know any of them. Reading names from the class list was like trying to pin paper dolls with their … more
For three years, we’ve measured the COVID-19 pandemic by its impact in our communities — case rates, deaths and vaccinations — even our economics. We’ve lost 15 veteran … more
The blood alcohol content of Douglas Chapman, an off-duty road patrol sergeant of the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office, was at least 0.20% on Oct. 9, 2018, when he was found passed out at the … more
For three years, we’ve measured the COVID-19 pandemic by its impact in our communities — case rates, deaths and vaccinations — even our economics. We’ve lost 15 veteran local health officers over the last three years, often … more
Jack Kevorkian made headlines and inspired policy in the 1990s when he aided the deaths of over 130 terminally ill patients. Kervorkian, a medical doctor, created a machine that allowed patients to … more
If we could add a third certainty to life outside of death and taxes, it would be U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin running for the U.S. Senate. Our third-term member of Congress has been burning up the … more
The start of a new year almost always brings a renewed sense of hope and optimism for a brighter future. Coming off some of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history — the COVID pandemic and the Trump-led Capitol insurrection in particular — it won’t take much to make 2023 a better year than we’ve experienced in the recent past. … more
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