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Former newspaper publisher and University of Michigan Regent Phil Power is a longtime observer of Michigan politics and economics. He is also the founder and chairman of the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit, bipartisan centrist think–and–do tank, designed to cure Michigan’s dysfunctional political culture; the Center publishes Bridge Magazine. The opinions expressed here are Power’s own and do not represent the official views of the Center. He welcomes your comments at ppower@hcn.net.

‘Fake news’ and the delegitimization of traditional journalism

Living in a post-fact world, in which there is no independent standard by which to judge the accuracy of any assertion.

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Cold? Spend a winter in Alaska, then we’ll talk cold

Drunks in snowbanks, toes chopped off with an axe, and other pleasant tales from the arctic tundra.




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The end of fake news

The Center for Michigan and Bridge are embarking on the immense task of developing fact-based, statistical measures of Michigan’s economy, education system, health and environment to help solve the state’s most vexing problems.




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Wolves of Christmas past

Even the coldest, loneliest holiday season can be warmed with Handel, a pet wolf and a caribou roast.




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Betsy DeVos’ path to an easier confirmation

The U.S. Education Secretary nominee should recommend that the state markedly improve oversight of charter schools and demand the release of private charter companies’ financial statements.




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A Chinese voice on Trump, free speech and political correctness

A heavily censored Chinese media is not conducive to a well-informed citizenry. But free speech alone won’t solve problems facing the U.S.




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In an era of fake news and layoffs at the dailies, you can count on Bridge

Your tax-deductible investment in nonprofit journalism will help Bridge expand our data-driven policy analysis, political watchdog work and the best education coverage in the state.




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Reflections on Trump’s election: Taking the long view

There is often a direct relationship between a candidate having a compelling vision for our society and the enthusiasm of the voters




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After bitter campaign, dark days for the Republic

When we cannot even agree on facts, how can we reasonably discuss politics or policy, much less governance?




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Tom Hayden, reflections on an old friend

Admiring the leadership traits that turned the University of Michigan student into the leading voice of the 1960s campus anti-war movement.




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Vote yes on the metro Detroit mass transit proposal

The RTA plan isn’t perfect, but it may be our last, best chance for moving our region forward.




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Bridge Magazine turns 5 with pride

Fighting the tide of media cutbacks, Bridge journalism provides insight into the events of the day and a sense of community togetherness




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Will Lansing commit to transparency and high education standards?

Here’s hoping the Senate won’t weasel out of a bill that makes lawmakers subject to the open records law. Lansing must also keep the rigorous M-STEP test, Michigan’s best bet for accurately gauging our students’ success.




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Saving money on the backs of college grads

Students today are being asked to assume debt levels that are far higher than they were before Lansing started cutting back on support for higher ed




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Two Kalamazoo leaders put their hearts, and money, into city

As the state continues to starve Michigan cities of needed revenue, two civic-minded philanthropists are working to ease the financial burden on their beloved Kalamazoo.




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An educational system doomed to keeping failing

A very big reason Michigan students are falling behind is the very structure of our education system blurs responsibility and eliminates accountability.




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When elites ignore the people, the center cannot hold

History teaches that when political leaders are tone deaf, frustrated and aroused citizens often take things into their own hands.




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Savor the wonders of summer with this family cherry pie recipe

Reflecting on the special glories of a Michigan summer holiday.




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