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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
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
A partisan political consultant’s dream is to find THE issue. What are people talking about? What is pushing their buttons? What would motivate those passively interested in politics to … more
In its 2022 report to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Parents’ Council said public education should address students’ diverse learning needs, including learning gaps and unfinished learning. … more
I have a closet full of Green and White. I even have a pair of diamond-studded Spartan dangling earrings that I used to wear at every Saturday home game, during the years that my husband and I had season tickets to Michigan … more
What would happen if you showed up to your $72,000-a-year job only five days since the 4th of July?  You wouldn't have a job by now. Come the end of the … more
Not too many people miss the negative political ads that were bombarding us for months. Could the candidate you opposed really be intent on destroying America? If we were on the losing end … more
If you’re a scripture reader, you may know 2 Timothy 3. It’s where Paul talks about end times. “People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, … more
Breathing easierThe Lansing Board of Water & Light has made significant progress toward carbon neutrality by retiring its last coal-fired power plant. That’s good news for the area and the … more
The Democratic National Committee finally stood up to the Iowa caucus foolishness last week and stripped the state of its early presidential selection spot. It’s about time. It’s about time. It’s too bad it took Iowa … more
LANSING – I love animals that live on trails near where I live. Fat, ginger-colored squirrels with small fast fingers, white-tailed deer jumping out of your way into the bush and all kinds of goldendoodles with their owners. Once I was gently and softly bitten … more
LANSING – It’s no surprise that Michigan summers are hot, extremely hot.  So when all of your family – barring the extended branches still living in Lebanon – are in Traverse City for a wedding, naturally the idea of a trip to a beach on Lake Michigan … more
I don’t recall what room we were sitting in, in 2006 — Bishop David Maxwell and I — but I recall the heated disagreement we had as a group of us began shaping a community response to a planned rally of Nazis at the Capitol. I was there as a leader in the LGBTQ community. … more
As I look back on 2022, I see a difficult year of adjustment in our operations, but a rewarding year based on the feedback of readers. Internally, turnover complicated life, but as we approach a new year, we have largely stabilized staffing. One of the givens of a small newspaper with big aspirations is that talented journalists will pass through. more
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