Many of us dream about living near the edge of the lakeshore, overlooking the majesty of Lake Michigan. That dream for the few that do have homes and summer cottages on the shore is now turning into a nightmare.
The Michigan Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that cellphones and other electronic devices must be explicitly allowed in courthouses and courtrooms starting May 1, on the basis of equal access.
It’s great that the Arizona-based U-Haul company cares about the well-being of its more than 30,000 employees. It’s commendable that it has adopted programs and offered benefits to promote their nutrition, fitness and overall health.
Australia is on fire. Not all of it – but so far, flames have engulfed some 12 million acres, more than the land mass of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Inhabitants of the hot, dry continent learned long ago that coping with wildfires is a part of life. But the conflagrations that have s…
The latest population numbers from the U.S. Census offer plenty of warnings for Michigan, which suddenly finds itself with a crop of policymakers at all levels of government who believe there is no problem that higher taxes and tighter regulations can’t solve.
The decade that just came to an end delivered an underappreciated benefit to Americans that they’d surely notice if it were missing: extraordinary job growth.
Michigan lawmakers this month passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the right to indulge their vices, but the state should be prepared to react to unintended consequences.
On Jan. 1, the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative posted and distributed its first policy recommendations of the year. The essay was titled “2019 State Budget: Cut Corporate Welfare for Roads and Economic Growth,” and it described the shortcomings of the state’s subsidy program…
Bravo to deer hunters in the state of Michigan for demonstrating a high degree of generosity in sharing their venison with people and families in need.
The budget standoff between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders is finally over, following the governor’s failed negotiating strategy. In the end, GOP leaders got pretty much everything they wanted.
This country now finds itself, for only the fourth time in its history, confronting articles of impeachment that charge its highest-elected leader with violating both the U.S. Constitution and the oath of office to uphold it.
One sexual assault is too many. So Uber’s study released last Thursday, showing that 3,045 sexual assaults were reported during its rides in the United States last year, was disconcerting.
If you’re searching for a forecast in Crimea on your Google or Apple weather and map apps, you may get confused about where, exactly, you are.
At times, Kid Rock’s pushback against political correctness is refreshing. In a world of oh-so-woke entertainers, the Detroit rocker’s inclination to stomp on the eggshells can provide some relief from celebrity self-righteousness.
After she confronted Joe Biden in the Democratic Party’s first presidential debate in June, California Sen. Kamala Harris moved up in polls and seemed to become a top-tier candidate. Instead, the former state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney has became the latest White Ho…
No matter the holiday your particular family celebrates, your dietary choices, or your lifestyle – you’d have to run pretty far to escape the holiday hustle.
Last month, the city of Eastpointe in Macomb County held Michigan’s first-ever ranked-choice election to select two City Council seats. This measure was complex, ineffective and unnecessary.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has given environmentalists and everyone who enjoys the Grand River in its natural state an early Christmas present.
Social media monitoring by law enforcement agencies has drawn scrutiny from a coalition of free speech and civil rights groups, raising important questions about privacy as well as oversight of the use of government power.
Over the centuries, repressive regimes the world over have learned the same lesson: Once accustomed to freedom and participatory democracy, people will cling to it with a grip that cannot be broken.
Sadly, we almost take for granted that some tech companies will do business with unsavory characters. But when it comes to civil discourse and the course of doing business, companies have a choice and some of them are willing to put decency over profits.
At the moment, the American economy is really two economies. One is chugging along at a respectable rate of GDP growth, with the stock market up by more than 25 percent since December 2018 and unemployment at its lowest level in 50 years. In the other, manufacturing output is falling, Midwes…
International travelers grudgingly accept that their cellphones or laptops might be handled and given a cursory inspection at an airport or border crossing. But some travelers, including U.S. citizens, have had the contents of their electronic devices – including family photographs and perso…
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives started the public phase of the impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump. That marks Nov. 13 as a somber day – the fourth time in our history that the House of Representatives has taken this step toward indicting and possibly…
Michigan legislators are considering bills to expand tax preferences to a small number of businesses, exempting them from taxes that other, similarly situated businesses pay.
The Democrats have 17 candidates clamoring for their presidential nomination, offering a wide and impressive array of experience and ideas. What makes Michael Bloomberg believe they may need another?
Iraqis who worked alongside U.S. troops during the war provided “essential mission support,” according to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general who fought in that conflict. Iraqis served as interpreters, translators and guides. They “risked their own lives and t…
Democratic presidential candidates can’t stop talking about how terrible charter schools are, yet the latest crop of national test scores from traditional public school students ought to make them all school choice converts.
National parks were created more than a century ago to be refuges for flora and fauna and the land on which they depend for existence, to protect them all from the ravages of human development. They have become refuges for humans, as well – places where people can disconnect from the clamor …
The abrupt resignation last month of MSU Trustee Nancy Schlichting is yet another troubling sign for a campus and community eager for transparency and healing as it relates to the university’s handling of Larry Nassar and other sexual assault allegations.
As is so often the case, the attempted cover-up by the Duggan administration of the mayor’s special treatment of a charity run by a close friend is worse than the offense he is accused of committing.
Though the attribution is disputed, the writer C.S. Lewis is said to have quipped: “You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” It may be closer to the mark to say humans are primarily neither one nor the other.
In early February 1998, as Ken Starr assured reporters his behind-closed-doors impeachment inquiry was moving expeditiously and Bill Clinton was announcing he had no intention of stepping down, CNN and Time conducted a poll asking whether Americans supported impeachment. Just 19 percent said…
More than two decades after the charter law in Pennsylvania was passed, school choice remains the center of a lively but largely unresolved debate – one that has taken on new shapes.
Legislation introduced in the Michigan House would make state park vehicle passes mandatory, unless drivers opted out. Michigan’s state parks and recreations areas are a tremendous resource, but this is a sneaky way to boost funding for their upkeep.
For any normal commander-in-chief, an overwhelming, bipartisan House resolution condemning his actions (by a 354-60 vote) would at least provoke a smidgen of introspection.
Just as President Donald Trump made his selfish political agenda paramount by pushing Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to wrongly block entry to two left-wing congresswomen, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, Tlaib has now shown her true motive in refusing to accept an invitation to visit he…
The United States is built on the backs and dreams of immigrants, people who left strife-filled homelands in the hope of a better life. It is the moral rationale that declares our collective claim to an American exceptionalism that has existed since the nation’s founding, despite periods whe…
If anyone among us thought the fight to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes was all but won, a new report out this month should put a stop to those thoughts.
In September 1796, tired of the burdens of the presidency and sick of the attacks on him by his political foes, George Washington decided not to seek a third term of office, which set a precedent until Franklin Roosevelt. With the help of Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, Washington wrot…
Michigan officials are considering whether to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, and while there may be valid safety reasons for doing so, the state must also ensure the integrity of its voter rolls.