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Birmingham library asks too much of taxpayers

Many Birmingham residents aren't happy about a May ballot proposal to replace the Baldwin Public Library with a new $21.5 million structure. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

One of the concerns is cost. The plan is the most expensive drafted over the past few years for the Baldwin library, which serves residents in Birmingham, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Bloomfield Hills. More

Is Land the answer in Michigan?

Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term. More

Obama must defend NATO's red line

Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant chunk of Ukraine — or at least denying effective control to the Ukraine government. More

The case for dissolving Detroit

Detroit city government is broken. Why not change it, rather than fix it? Daniel Mears / The Detroit News

Detroit is on track to emerge from federal bankruptcy proceedings later this year, but the ability of those in city hall to competently oversee municipal governance is questionable at best. More

Column: U-M race fight riles Gratz

Jennifer Gratz, left, and Brooke Kimbrough The Detroit News

Jennifer Gratz bristled when reports last week compared her University of Michigan fight with that of a young woman's from Detroit. More

Editorial: High taxes hamper real estate growth

The Detroit real estate market is rebounding. But it's still hard to buy or rent property in the city, and high property taxes discourage investment. Combined with speculative pricing and red tape, these hurdles burden real estate sales. More

Readers talk living wage, taxes

Re: Jarrett Skorup's April 17 column, 'Politics over people in minimum wage hike': More

A fresh spin on recycling

A 15-point plan designed to increase the dismal residential recycling record in Michigan promises to be an economic and environmental boon. More

Other writers, on Ukraine, the suburbs and Obamacare

Steve Chapman in Reason: Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures. But those in Washington, D.C., often appear in noisy flocks. More

Brother's passing marks end of era

More than 65 years ago, my mother, aka 'Sweet Marie,' miscarried her first child. More

With faith, Detroit is never bankrupt

Bankrupt. It's a word that can turn a person's world upside down — fear, uncertainty and depression. When applied to an entire city, the issue is magnified. More

Editorial: Consider Detroit's role in crafting a healthy state

Detroit's health is essential to the state's health as a whole. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

Detroit's bankruptcy is rapidly moving beyond the courtroom and into the forums of policymakers. Lifting Michigan's largest city out of its financial crisis now depends heavily on decisions made by state lawmakers and suburban officials. More

Revisiting race in America

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, pictured here at Cornerstone School in Detroit, came under fire for remarks some interpreted as racist. David Guralnick / The Detroit News

At the risk of angering somebody like MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, I sometimes used to joke that I only look white. More

Powell: America must start thinking beyond energy independence

When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, energy independence was considered impossible, with imported oil accounting for 66 percent of the oil refined in the U.S. That predicament was a troublesome weak link in U.S. national security. More

GM asks feds for protection once again

Calabrese: Even under new CEO Mary Barra, GM is still run on incompetence. JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images

Let's see if anyone can detect a pattern here: A gigantic corporation, through a combination of arrogance and incompetence, mismanages its way to the brink of oblivion, only to be rescued from the consequences of its screwups by the federal government. More

Lobbying for a $12 cheeseburger

In a recent op-ed, LeeAnn Hall and the Restaurant Opportunities Center's (ROC) Saru Jayaraman decry influence-peddling they say is thwarting their push for a minimum wage hike ('Restaurant lobby has ulterior motive in minimum wage debate,' April 11). More

Editorial: Future pension fund oversight is essential

These funds have been plagued in the past by mismanagement and abuse. To guard against future abuse, the deal calls for establishing a new Investment Advisory Board that will have final say over future investments by the funds. More

Detroit: Asset, not a liability

Quicken Loans is one company that moved from suburb to city. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

Detroit faces many challenges — finances, public services, poverty, deteriorating infrastructure and abandoned buildings. More

Would you choose to move to Detroit?

Unlike in the suburbs, community-minded Detroiters are often forced to mow the lawns of vacant homes in their neighborhoods. Ankur Dholakia / The Detroit News

If Detroit is to have any chance of surviving in a post bankruptcy era, it needs to address a two-fold challenge head on. More

Yes, government can be an innovator

Google would not be the company we know today without a timely assist from the federal government. JUNG YEON-JE / AFP/Getty Images

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion. More

April 17 is the real Tax Day for Michiganians

Tomorrow, when Tax Day is over, you can resume enjoying life. David Coates / The Detroit News

Contrary to popular belief, the most important tax day for Michiganians isn’t April 15. It’s April 17. That’s when, on average, you finally earn enough money to pay off all of the taxes you owe for 2014. Once that date passes, you can start to keep the money you make. More

Is hate really a mental illness?

Should F. Glenn Miller, charged with murder in a recent shooting near Kansas City, be considered mentally ill for his hatred of minority groups? David Eulitt / MCT

In early April, the Anti-Defamation League offered some happy news about a very grim topic. It reported a 'significant and encouraging decline' in anti-Semitic acts across America in recent years. Unfortunately, the spirit of hope would not last long. More

The case for disbanding the IRS

Bentivolio Courtesy: U.S. Congress

Americans ratified the 16th Amendment to the Constitution over a century ago. At the time, our ancestors believed it to be a helpful measure that allowed our nation to collect revenue for essential federal services. More

Sustainability and the lumber industry

Green building and sustainability are words that have become common in many businesses, industries and markets. More

State Sen. Colbeck: The smart way to road repair in Michigan

Colbeck: Michigan's roads need a lasting fix, not a costly one. Todd McInturf / The Detroit News

Potholes. We have more than our share of them in Michigan after an exceedingly long, harsh winter. We need to repair our roads and repair them soon. These repairs cost money. More

The Constitution, democracy and understanding our divisions

In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is 'basically about' one word — 'democracy' — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. More

Editorial: State's improved economy just a start

While Michigan lost close to one million jobs following the Great Recession and the near collapse of the auto industry, the state is now among the leaders in job creation nationwide. More

Snyder keeps your tax dollars in the family

Gov. Rick Snyder has been made to answer many questions about a state furniture contract involving a company his cousin owns. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

Yesterday was Tax Day. If you are a retiree or middle class worker, the odds are that you've seen an increase in what you pay to the state since Gov. Rick Snyder took office in 2011. More

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