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Raises done right in Oakland

Patterson

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is proposing a general 3 percent increase in employee salaries for fiscal 2015. More

Other writers, on the death penalty, gridlock, and the Constitution

Did the winner-take-all primary system cost House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor his job? Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Lauren Galik in Reason: Another state, another botched execution carried out with secret new drugs. This time: Arizona, where convicted murderer Joseph Randolph Wood gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes after his execution began. More

For Wayne County Commission

Leaders are needed in Wayne County. Brandy Baker / The Detroit News

The News has only endorsed Wayne County Commission candidates in Aug. 5 primary races that are contested. Where uncontested, we withhold endorsing. More

Resume flights to Israel

Airlines are beginning to resume service to Ben Gurion Airport, after the Federal Aviation Authority lifted its ban on flights to Israel's largest airport. More

Lawmakers must address juvenile sentencing

Lawmakers should address the status of Michigan's juvenile offenders. Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News

We were two of more than 100 former prosecutors, judges, state bar presidents, along with former Gov. William Milliken, who joined a friend of the court brief urging the Michigan Supreme Court to apply a U.S. More

Michigan and the Halbig case

Totten

This week, a federal court accepted Attorney General Bill Schuette's argument that hundreds of thousands of Michigan families are ineligible for federal tax credits to purchase health insurance. More

The perils of mixing politics, business

When I was a small child, one of the most dramatic and effective business boycotts in the history of America occurred. This was the Montgomery bus boycott. More

Welcome to Dysfunction Junction

Just as Detroit was starting to gain some positive traction for its image, it walked off the dock by bungling an overdue attempt to end the city's pay-if-you-want culture. More

Bringing Shakespeare to Detroit's renaissance

Shakespeare in Detroit needs help bringing art to the city. AP

'It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves' is one of my favorite lines from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It's a line that I use as an affirmation to myself everyday as I aspire to create a theater company here in my hometown, Detroit. More

Editorial: Pipeline is an energy reality

Some residents in several north Oakland County townships are concerned about a proposed natural gas pipeline through their area. They are worried about disruptions from construction and don't feel they have enough say in the project. More

For the Macomb County Commission

The county needs leaders who will make tough decisions to keep those priorities in balance. Voters in the Aug. 5 primary should look for candidates with strong financial skills and management experience. More

Why are campus bosses making so much money?

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators — unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless and benefitless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt) — are thriv More

History blames LBJ for Vietnam

Most of the Americans who died in Vietnam did so while Lyndon Baines Johnson was president. John M. Galloway / The Detroit News

President Lyndon B. Johnson has received justifiable praise this year on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. But there was another piece of legislation LBJ pushed through Congress 50 years ago which has an infamous legacy. More

Editorial: Michigan welcomes foreign investments

Gov. Rick Snyder has gone to great lengths to strengthen economic ties between Michigan and China. Melissa Anders / AP

Michigan has strong working relationships with several foreign countries — Italy, Germany and Mexico among them — because of the strength of its automobile industry. Ties to China, the global economic powerhouse, are not as strong. But they are growing. More

Labor Voices: Charter schools fail the test of time

Cook says charter schools' performance hasn't justified the state's massive investment. Max Ortiz / The Detroit News

Some 20 years ago, Michigan enacted legislation creating charter schools, with the goal of creating innovative educational opportunities for Michigan students. In the 20 years since, that goal has been replaced with a different goal: corporate profit. More

In Marshall, lessons from an oil spill

Four years after its oil spill on the Kalamazoo River, Enbridge is announcing safeguards to prevent the next spill. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

July 26, 2010, is a day that no one at Enbridge will ever forget. On that day, nearly four years ago, our pipeline failed near Marshall, Michigan. More

Calling water a 'human right' doesn't wash

Congressman John Conyers, D-Detroit, has joined the chorus of those speaking against mass water shut-offs in Detroit. Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News

According to the luminaries at the United Nations, water is a basic human right. Let's talk about the whole idea of 'rights' and how one would actually apply it in real-life situations. More

Protecting intellectual property

As the Rainbow Loom business takes off, owner Cheong Choon Ng is facing competitors who try to knock-off his product. Courtesy: Rainbow Loom's Facebook page

The number of venture capital firms in the state has grown 44 percent since 2009, according to a survey released earlier this month. That's more than seven times the rate of growth nationally. More

Clearing the air on Oakley

The debate about the role of police reservists in the Village of Oakley has heated up. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

As a longtime Oakley resident and village president pro tem, I'd like to respond to The Detroit News' July 8 article, 'Village, reserve cops find mutual gains.' More

Bold arena development could transform Detroit

The new Red Wings arena is the rare public investment in sports that could have a broader impact. Courtesy: Dennis Allain Renderings

Nothing this exciting has ever been offered for Detroit, at least nothing with as much potential of actually getting built. More

The GOP's minimum wage class war

Even Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, saw the wisdom of hiking the minimum wage. Dale G. Young / The Detroit News

A hike in the minimum wage has been marched for by activists, supported by President Barack Obama, passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. More

Vote fraud myths meet voting rights reality

Before she was allowed to register and vote for the first time in Franklin County, N.C., Rosanell Eaton had to read the entire preamble to the U.S. Constitution out loud in front of three men in the county courthouse. More

Washington, it's time to talk to North Korea

North Korea must be brought into the fold before it harms another nation or its own people. David Guttenfelder / AP

North Korea has imprisoned one American since 2012 and announced its intention to try two other U.S. citizens recently arrested for ' More

This summer, Buy Nearby

Research shows that if Michigan residents switched just one in 10 purchases from out-of-state merchants to nearby retailers, Michigan retail sales would increase by at least $850 million annually. More

Prop 1 won't cost communities

Farrington

A commitment to the facts compels me to respond to Warren Mayor Jim Fouts' July 18 column regarding Proposition 1 on the Aug. 5 ballot ('Prop 1 would hurt Warren'). More

Return to sensible fireworks regulations

Let's leave fireworks displays to the professionals and go back to the way things were in 2010. John T. Greilick / The Detroit News

Michigan's easing of bans on larger fireworks has been an assault on neighborhood peace More

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