16 January 2015 • 9 comments
In Detroit, they paved Paradise Valley, and put up I-375. The people who lived in the way? Collateral damage, as always. Why can’t we consider the human cost of coddling the car?
21 November 2014 • 18 comments
There’s nothing like a powerful steel chariot to make a person feel strong, free — and rude.
17 October 2014 • 13 comments
Grandparents vote, and politicians know it. That’s why older people get far more attention from policy-makers. Younger ones would be wise to remember this.
12 September 2014 • 8 comments
Make all the jokes about “none of the above” you want, but if you really hold your beliefs true, it’s difficult to make some choices in the voting booth.
1 August 2014 • 6 comments
Where did you grow up? It may be a bubble, but it’s a Grover’s Corners, too, full of lives worthy of respect and attention.
20 June 2014 • 3 comments
It’s patriotism season. A few thoughts on how this seemingly simple emotion is far more complex than we might think.
9 May 2014 • 19 comments
Here’s a revolutionary concept for education: It isn’t, and shouldn’t, be just about “college and career readiness.” Maybe it should just be about itself.
4 April 2014 • 11 comments
This local isn’t popping popcorn for a movie set in west Michigan, given how other towns have fared at the hands of Hollywood.
28 February 2014 • 110 comments
Heroes or sacred cows? Police and firefighters do important jobs, but their mythology can make it difficult to be realistic about their costs and benefits.
24 January 2014 • 9 comments
It comes in the night, disrupts our sleep, blocks the driveway and rips the grass, and leaves in its wake what it touches at its point. I refer, of course, to the sidewalk plow. When I was a lad in Holland, Mich., […]
6 December 2013 • 10 comments
Football abounds in war metaphors. Bo Schembechler was often referred to as “the General.” Players think of themselves as soldiers, risking body and life to move the line forward. So it should not surprise us when the sport becomes increasingly militarized, not […]
1 November 2013 • 11 comments
As the cost of college continues to rise, the value of a college education, considered economically, will undergo greater scrutiny. While college graduates provide the state with more specialized labor, and make more money than non-graduates, some of these benefits are more […]
27 September 2013 • 10 comments
September brings with it autumn, the return of football, cooler temperatures, and thousands of young adults to college campuses. Michigan’s state constitution insists that “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means […]