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Universities don't get a pass on transparency

The University of Michigan's Board of Regents should be subject to the same laws as any other government board. David Guralnick / The Detroit News

Public institutions that receive public money should conduct their business before the public. Period. More

Editorial: Pension reform vital to avoiding Chapt. 9

With Detroit moving through the bankruptcy process, attention is turning to the other Michigan communities in financial distress, and what can be done to keep them away from a Chapter 9 filing. The answer in many cases is pension reform. More

Time to revive the Michigan Dream

Mark Schauer unveils his jobs plan. News file photo.

Here in Michigan, we once had our own unique version of the American Dream. This Michigan Dream was built on a set of shared values: the belief that a quality education and economic opportunity were available to anyone willing to work for it. More

Proposal 1 begs the question

Companies are taxed every year on the same pieces of equipment, no matter how long they've owned it. Proposal 1, if approved on Aug. 5, would eliminate Michigan's Personal Property Tax. James Buck / Special to The Detroit News

A yes vote on Proposal 1 on August 5 would change what is called the 'Personal Property Tax'. This levy is placed on businesses for the property – machines, chairs, desks, you name it – they own and use. More

Sanctions won't stop Russia

The latest round of sanctions aimed at the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin will achieve little. More

Hamas leaves Israel little choice

What would you do if a rocket could land on your house at any time? If a siren could force you out of bed with just 15 seconds to find shelter? What if your loved ones, who are elderly or disabled, were faced with this reality — could you sleep knowing th More

Gov's race shouldn't be this close

Gov. Rick Snyder has had a productive first term, but challenger Mark Schauer is showing more strength than expected at the polls. Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

The most comfortable bet I would make in this election season is that Gov. Rick Snyder would win re-election, and easily. More

Editorial: Let Israel finish its mission in Gaza

Israel has struck at vital resources in Gaza to weaken Hamas' resolve. Hatem Moussa / AP

It should be evident by now that the Hamas terrorists, who have continued firing their rockets at Israel through two temporary ceasefires, will not halt the violence without winning substantial concessions. More

Two tech titans diverge on philanthropic paths

Bezos Mark Lennihan / AP

For most of the past 30 years, Bill Gates has been known by most people as the co-founder of the world's largest software company, a tough business tactician, and the richest man in the world. More

Mental health drop-in centers a refuge

Too often, the stigma associated with mental illness leads to individuals feeling isolated from society. This sense of isolation contributes to lower self-esteem and a decreased well-being, which are roadblocks in the path to mental illness recovery. More

Our kids' futures hinge on getting out the vote

Know the issues and the candidates before you place your vote on Tuesday. David Guralnick / The Detroit News

Remember, kids can't vote. That's why you should vote with them in mind. Please vote Aug. 5. More

U.S. foreign policy rudderless

The Obama administration's recent failures in the foreign-policy arena have only highlighted how far American leadership has fallen in this new century. More

The high cost of failing to fund public transit

Metro Detroiters would likely embrace a mass transit system, if that system ran better than its currently disjointed bus lines. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

The need for Michigan to support public transportation reminds me of an old TV ad that ended with the line, ' More

Editorial: Assess millage renewals on performance

Voters in several communities will be asked on Tuesday to renew tax millages. Typically, voter approval is automatic for such requests. More

After Arizona fiasco, back to the future for the death penalty?

A botched execution in Arizona has stirred up the death penalty debate nationally. AP

The surreal national debate over the death penalty reached a climax of sorts July 23 in a prison execution chamber in Florence, Ariz. More

America should stay out of Iraq civil war

The civil war in Iraq has created many victims, but America should not get any more involved than it is. Haidar Hamdani / Getty Images

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) represents a significant failure of U.S. policy. However, ISIL so far does not pose a significant security threat, let alone an existential one that would require American military action. More

Court finds Obamcare is flawed

Attorney General Bill Schuette was on the winning side of the Halbig case. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

A federal appeals court recently struck down a major part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. More

Tax inversions are bad business for America

Walgreens is reportedly among the companies considering an on-paper move abroad to avoid American corporate taxes. Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

In her 1989 tax evasion trial Leona Helmsley reportedly said: 'We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.' U.S. multinational corporations have adopted this anthem, inventing increasingly creative ways to avoid paying taxes. More

Just the facts on Warren Evans

Evans Steve Perez / The Detroit News

It was disappointing that Nolan Finley, whose paper endorsed one of Warren Evans' opponents in the race for Wayne County executive, ran a recent column that failed to tell the full story on Evans' background ('To change culture, change faces,' July 27). More

Cities should cut costs, not raise taxes

Voters in Mount Clemens must decide Aug. 5 whether to approve a hefty 5-mill tax increase that officials say is necessary to maintain current services. It's too much to ask of taxpayers. More

Detroit, Michigan's newest craft beer city

Atwater Brewing founder Mark Reith has come a long way in a short time, but says fewer regulations would help craft brewers like himself. David Coates / The Detroit News

Detroit is known by many nicknames: The Motor City, Hockeytown, 'The D', Motown. The last moniker on this list is in large part due to young entrepreneurs in the city taking risks and creating their own opportunities. More

Obamacare's future now teeters on a typo

The Democrats were all smiles when they had the power to pass Obamacare. It's a much tougher road now. Charles Dharapak / AP

Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act in 2010, while they still had the votes? Now, health care for millions teeters on a typo. More

Michigan ducks minimum wage mob

Despite protests, voters won't be considering a $10.10 minimum wage come November. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

There are sensible ways to determine wage levels. Then there are idiotic ways to do it. One would be this: Send propagandists to fan out across the state, imploring people to sign their names if they think folks deserve more money. More

It's overtime in nuclear negotiations with Iran

As the world recovers from the nail-biting conclusion to the 2014 World Cup, another high-stakes game is preparing for overtime with global implications: the international community's nuclear deal with Iran. More

How U.S. voters hold the key to peace in the Middle East

Can America stop war in the Middle East by refusing to fund one side of the conflict? DAVID BUIMOVITCH / AFP/Getty Images

More than any other time in the history of the conflict over the tiny ancient land we call Israel and Palestine, voters from a land across the sea hold unused power to change the basic course and outcomes of that conflict. More

AARP: Vote Yes on Proposal 1

The more tax businesses have to pay on equipment, the less money that leaves to expand or hire new workers. David Coates / The Detroit News

AARP Michigan has joined a diverse group of Michigan organizations urging passage of Proposal 1 on the Aug. 5 statewide ballot. More

Vote no on Wayne school proposal

Residents across Wayne County are being asked to approve a 2-mill tax increase for schools countywide. The measure on the Aug. 5 ballot would translate into an additional $379 per-student for six years, and schools could use the money however they'd like. More

America's vacant presidency

Krauthammer: President Obama has been surprisingly detached at a time of seeming crisis. Chris Kleponis / Getty Images

The president's demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, President Barack Obama seems totally detached. More

Eliminate personal property tax, make Michigan more competitive

Michigan's Personal Property Tax makes the state uncompetitive in attracting jobs that should naturally gravitate to the Great Lakes State. David Coates / The Detroit News

I hear it in every state the Detroit Regional Chamber travels to: 'Get rid of the personal property tax — then let's talk.' That's the reaction from potential investors across the country as they consider moving their operations and jobs to Michigan. More

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