OP-ED: A Society of Wimps

OP-ED: A Society of Wimps

by T.R. Shaw, Jr. Before the 2016 election cycle, I enjoyed discussing politics. I remember animated discussions about policy, elections and candidates with friends and colleagues. It wasn’t much different than debating the Michigan-Ohio State football game in its level of seriousness. We used to respect each other and could actually discuss topical issues in […]

A2Politico: Please Don’t Interrupt Your Councilmember While He’s Ignoring You

A2Politico: Please Don’t Interrupt Your Councilmember While He’s Ignoring You

by Patricia Lesko Ann Arbor’s mayor, Chris Taylor (“Mr. Congeniality” according to a 2015 article in the Ann Arbor Observer), has been singing and dancing around Wards 3 and 5 on behalf of his City Council candidates Zachary Ackerman and Chip Smith. In Ward 5, the challenger David Silkworth reports that he’s having success convincing residents to remove […]

OP-ED: A Declaration of Resistance

OP-ED: A Declaration of Resistance

by Peter Nagourney Inspired by re-reading the Declaration of Independence, and depressed by realizing the state of the country, I wrote this Declaration of Resistance. July 4, 2017 THE DECLARATION OF RESISTANCE When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a […]

OP-ED: During National Volunteer Week—Why Michigan Needs AmeriCorps

OP-ED: During National Volunteer Week—Why Michigan Needs AmeriCorps

by Robert Kolt, Rep. Julie Calley (R-Portland), Rep. Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) Most people recognize the Peace Corps, a great American service program to help meet social and economic challenges internationally. AmeriCorps is the domestic version of the Peace Corps. AmeriCorps invests our money right here in our neighborhoods throughout America, using a combination of federal dollars, corporate […]

OP-ED: Michigan Must Finally End Civil Forfeiture

OP-ED: Michigan Must Finally End Civil Forfeiture

by Jarrett Skorup Michigan has made great strides to reforming civil forfeiture — the process that allows law enforcement to take someone’s property and forfeit it to the government. But Michigan still has laws that are among the weakest in the nation when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of citizens. In 2015, legislators passed […]

EDITORIAL: City Council Members Playing on Social Media During Public Hearings

EDITORIAL: City Council Members Playing on Social Media During Public Hearings

We can’t even comprehend having to write the headline that tops this editorial. Ann Arbor City Council members should never be playing on social media during open meetings or public hearings. But they are. Again. The Ann Arbor Independent has a video taken during a recent City Council meeting that shows one City Council member browsing Facebook as a […]

OP-ED: Trump Isn’t Lying, He’s Bullshitting – and It’s Far More Dangerous

OP-ED: Trump Isn’t Lying, He’s Bullshitting – and It’s Far More Dangerous

by Lauren Griffin | The Conversation Lying means you’re actually concerned about the truth. If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the past week or so, you know that over the weekend America was introduced to the concept of “alternative facts.” After Trump administration Press Secretary Sean Spicer rebuked the media for accurately […]

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