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The suburbs are arming to the teeth

If any police department in Michigan deserves military means, it is Detroit's, not those in Oakland County. Steve Perez / The Detroit News

If the federal government has free military equipment to give away, it would seem logical to give more of it to counties with high crime rates and scarce resources. Unfortunately this is, by and large, not the case. More

ISIS calls for a global solution

Anti-ISIS marches have materialized the world over — is a global military response next? Torstein Boe / AP

Sometimes, amid the heated political debate about what should done by the U.S. government in world affairs, a proposal cuts through the TV babble of the supposed experts with a clear, useful suggestion. More

Defeat ISIS by letting Syria loose

Obama administration officials proclaim that the Islamic State's isolated experiment in 7th century Islam to pose a dire threat to America. More

Michigan's great teachers deserve great praise

Michigan's teachers prepare the younger generation for success in a changing world. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

Many of us can recall a great teacher who influenced and inspired us and to whom we owe a debt of gratitude for their interest in our education and the knowledge they instilled in us. More

Editorial: Late school start doesn't help kids

Public schools shouldn't be prevented by Lansing from opening their doors prior to Labor Day. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

If you have out-of-state friends with children or pay attention to national media, you've probably caught on that 'back to school' has already happened in most states. But not for another week for most Michigan public schools. More

Getting women a seat at the political table

Warren David Olds / Michigan Legislature

Today is Women's Equality Day, a day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment. More

After Ferguson's fires, go and vote next time

Black people are the majority in Ferguson, Missouri, but local elected officials and police don't reflect that. Scott Olson / Getty Images

Televised scenes of fires and looters ravaging storefront buildings in Ferguson, Missouri brought flashbacks in my memory to other urban riots a half-century ago — and to lessons that Ferguson officials failed to learn. More

Should America lead on climate change?

President Barack Obama has talked about climate change since day one. But does America stand to gain anything by 'taking the lead' on climate change? Charles Dharapak / AP

President Obama is pretty much acting as a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to breaking the impasse on actions geared towards mitigating climate change. Which begs the question: what's to be gained by 'taking the lead' on climate change, anyway? More

The price of being frontrunner

For Hillary Clinton, being frontrunner means having a target on her back two years before the 2016 Presidential Election. AAMIR QURESHI / AFP/Getty Images

The 2016 presidential preseason still has a few months left — for every candidate but Hillary Rodham Clinton. More

Epidemics and the global village

The Ebola virus has killed relatively few people, globally, but it has drawn much media attention. SIA KAMBOU / AFP/Getty Images

The agitating Ebola emergency has captured headlines. There are some who undoubtedly assume that this kind of epidemic is unusual. More

Add some bite to dog control laws

One of the two cane corsos that mauled a jogger in July. (Craig Sytsma)

That could change if the Legislature approves a bill sponsored by Rep. Sean McCann, D-Kalamazoo. More

Stopping ISIS, the worst people on Earth

The actions of ISIS have captured the attention of U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Baghdad called President Barack Obama's bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister. More

Livonia vs. the Hinoki school

After just three years, the Hinoki International School in Livonia was showing every sign of becoming a charter school success story. More

When journalists go in harm's way

Foley Steven Senne / AP

The tragic murder of American journalist James Foley this week by ISIS militants may result in the misconception that freelancers like him go in harm's way because they're adrenaline junkies. More

Will Snyder find votes in Detroit?

Gov. Rick Snyder has been a surprising and strong advocate for Detroit. Will Detroiters return the favor? Paul Sancya / AP

A Republican governor hunting for votes in Detroit might as well wear a blindfold. The city is so loyally Democratic that 60 percent of voters just walk into the booth, yank the donkey's tail and walk out. More

Editorial: Cities should avoid militarizing police

SWAT teams should be deployed to bring in the most dangerous criminals, not for routine crowd control, as they were in Ferguson, Mo. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

The events in Ferguson, Missouri, the past two weeks have raised questions about the use of force by police, as well as the proliferation of military-grade equipment in local police departments. More

Saturday Shorts: Good end to Grosse Pointe barrier

Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park have reached a good resolution to the barrier the suburb erected on its border to Detroit. More

Other writers, on black on black crime, Congress and race relations

What if there was a better way to choose who to send to Congress? MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP/Getty Images

The shooting of Michael Brown and its aftermath have renewed an old question: Why does the black community raise a ruckus when a white person kills a black person, which is rare, but not when a black person kills a black person, which is far less rare? More

In defense of public defenders

What is called 'the' 1964 Civil Rights Act is justly celebrated for outlawing racial and other discrimination in employment, 'public accommodations' and elsewhere. More

Crafting a new vision along the Detroit riverfront

Mark Wallace, the new president and CEO of the Riverfront Conservancy, at the Riverwalk area near Rivard in Detroit on Aug. 19. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

When Mark Wallace looks out along the Detroit riverfront, he doesn't only observe what it is now. He sees what it could be. On his second day as president and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Wallace seems at ease. More

Editorial: State GOP should try to get it right

Calley Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

But you wouldn't know that from the nasty and absurd battle that's going on leading up to the Republican Party's state convention this weekend. More

Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park deal a good first step

A new day is coming at the Grosse Pointe Park-Detroit border. David Coates / The Detroit News

As the Detroit City Councilman for District 4, situated on the far east side, I have the great fortune of working with and serving some of the most active, hardworking and compassionate residents in the city of Detroit, as well as residents, officials and More

If you don't stop evil, evil spreads

Iraqi Christian refugees have benefited from the charity of the Chaldean Catholic Church, but military intervention will be necessary to put down the threat ISIS poses. ANWAR AMRO / AFP/Getty Images

It reads like something from a history book or a class lecture about something decades and even centuries ago in a time period where we were less equipped to handle it. More

Exchange plans fail autoimmune patients

The latest legal wrangle over the Affordable Care Act raises the prospect that millions will find themselves unable to afford health insurance. Just as vexing, though, is the quality of coverage insurers are currently offering. More

Don't politicize education standards

The U.S. education system recently received a report card from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a think tank for developed countries. America's grades weren't very good. More

In Ferguson, Mo., will civil rights of the police officer be respected?

The shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has spurred a debate on policing powers in America. Curtis Compton / MCT

There's still a lot we don't know about the Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. More

Court deal may take heat out of election

The Michigan Supreme Court has begun a new tradition of collegiality. Will that maintain with a new court in 2015? Doug Elbinger / Elbinger Studios

For the first time in 16 years, the state Supreme Court races on Michigan's fall ballot may be lightly battled, low-key affairs. After a string of bitterly contested and hugely expensive court campaigns, Republicans and Democrats are calling a truce. More

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