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Lawmakers’ NDAs further erode trust

Gagging those who are supposed to speak for the people is not compatible with transparent, accountable government. But it is happening way too often in Michigan. A Detroit News report finds one in five sitting Michigan legislators have signed non-disclosure agreements with the Michigan ...

Birds aplenty at the Lower Harbor pier

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessing that continue to surround us.” . ” — James E. Faust Plenty of birds in the Lower Harbor in Marquette have made the new pier a blessing to birders. There has been a wide variety of waterfowl from ducks to grebes. The new pier ...

In Thanksgiving’s season, step away from the outrage industry

One of the remarkable things about our political and cultural battles is how many of them are fought on behalf of other people. For instance, there are plenty of Americans with deeply personal investments in the plight of Israelis or Palestinians, due to familial or historic ties. But ...

Solution to debt is to cut spending

Congress just passed — and President Biden just signed — the latest short-term government funding bill to keep the government running. The bill, which essentially kicks the can down the road, ensures that taxpayers will continue to pay for a bloated government until January, Senate ...

All the single ladies

Economist Melissa Kearney has studied poverty, inequality and family structure for more than 20 years and come to the conclusion that America’s drift away from the two-parent norm has “contributed to the economic insecurity of American families, has widened the gap in opportunities and ...

Whatever happened to freedom of speech?

”Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech.” — First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Here is a pop quiz: If the states ratified an amendment to the Constitution repealing the First Amendment, would we still enjoy the freedom of speech? That depends on which ...