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In mid-April — just as I was thinking about what to write in this column — National Football League player Damar Hamlin decided to return to play … more
April is Alcohol Awareness Month. For the Michigan Council on Alcohol Problems, this is the perfect time to look at how alcohol affects every one of us, whether we drink or not.  We often … more
As the Democratic-controlled Legislature puts the final touches on Michigan’s soon-to-be new “red flag” law, the natural question for those sick and tired of the country’s … more
Five times the United States has elected a president and vice president with a minority of the national popular vote, the latest being Donald Trump and Mike Pence in 2016. That’s because of our … more
“People deserve a second chance” was the refrain sung at a Tuesday event celebrating a new state policy that erases old criminal records from public view after seven to 10 years. Under … more
In September 2021, 18 months into the COVID pandemic, Michigan State University’s athletic program faced dwindling coffers. A USA Today public records request found the department had lost … more
A clean, safe place to live is the single most important material need for human beings, following close behind the biological imperatives of air, water and food. Yet for many Lansing residents, this … more
I didn’t put Marjorie Taylor Greene in Congress and neither did you.  But she’s there. Not only is she there, but the Georgia pol with a history of supporting QAnon conspiracies … more
“The quality of the neighborhood, affordability and proximity to friends and family” were the three most important considerations for new home buyers, according to the 2022 National … more
Continuing the recent focus in this column on shared-use housing strategies (granny flats, duplexes, co-ops, etc.) as a partial solution to low housing inventory and lack of affordable rentals, we … more
On Feb. 25, 2022, one day after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, released a cell phone video, vowing that his government would stay in … more
In Michigan, Democrat legislators are pushing forward with legislation, House Bill 4156, that would enter our state into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. ... more
In my creative writing class, my students and I encountered a word and concept neither of us knew. It was the word espaliered, which means to grow flat. It was in the third stanza of Alice Walker’s poem “a woman is not a potted plant.” ... more
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
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