In headline after headline, public employees and elected officials convicted of stealing public funds here and across the state get sentences completely out of proportion to the seriousness of their crimes.
News reports out of Detroit last month told of the horrific torture and deaths of two children, aged 9 and 13, at the hands of their mother who then hid her crimes by placing their bodies in a freezer.
It's a good thing leaders in the state Senate have ordered their members to stay in session this summer to get a road funding deal done. The plan offered by their House counterparts recently indicates there is a lot of hard work ahead to bring lawmakers to a realistic solution.
With warmer weather ahead, many of us will be heading outdoors, with zoos being a popular attraction. The bloggers at John Ball Zoo have given us an insight into how much it costs to feed all of the animals that make up the Grand Rapids zoo.