Thank a Farmer
By Cathye Williams | Nov. 16, 2019
November is a favorite month for me. Just past the blazing glory of September and October, and before the frigid plunge into December, November sits unassuming, and I believe, slightly underrated. It’s amazing to me that somehow this month still delivers us sustaining foods — squash and apples, late fall greens, venison for those lucky enough, and sides of hog or beef for those who have planned well. These foods have waited ...
“Untold human suffering … ”
By Stephen Tuttle | Nov. 16, 2019
A recent report in the publication Bioscience, signed by 11,000 scientists in several different fields from 150 countries, declared we are in a “climate emergency” and warned of “untold human suffering.” That doesn't sound good at all. This is not to be confused with the reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations committee that analyzes reams of data and presents conclusions to world leaders. Nor is it ...
Taking Orders from a Fool
By Stephen Tuttle | Nov. 9, 2019
What happened to those Trump generals? And where were their defenders? Our presidents seem to have an affinity for the military. Uniformed officers, with chests bristling with ribbons, make for a most excellent photo-op. It's a physical manifestation of the real power we vest in the president. Which is not to suggest that affinity isn't real despite all the obvious public relations stunts; more than half of our presidents, 26 of 45, ...
A Vital School of Choice: Your Home
By Donna Gundle-Krieg | Nov. 9, 2019
When the time came to send our children to school in the Metro Detroit suburbs 20+ years ago, my husband and I were excited to try the sparkling new public school a mile away. It had all the shiny bells and whistles, and it was located in a highly rated district. We were confident that both of our kids would fit in and do well. For many reasons, the experience did not ...
The GOP War on the Fourth Estate
By Amy Kerr Hardin | Nov. 2, 2019
The liberal media, you say? Think again. A far-right corporation, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, has been acquiring local television stations and using them as a platform to spread their radical political agenda, forcing affiliate anchors to read prepared statements masquerading as locally penned Op-Eds. The statements are often blatantly pro-Trump and always provide a slam on progressive principles. Vox reports that Sinclair’s recent station acquisitions extend their reach to 3 out of 4 American ...
More and Less
By Stephen Tuttle | Oct. 26, 2019
As Washington goes from bizarre to surreal, here at home our local DDA wants more than it was promised, and a local school board gave us less than we deserved. Legislation enacted in 1975 permitted the creation of downtown development authorities (DDA) to correct and prevent downtown blight, promote economic growth and development, and encourage historic preservation. They are primarily financed through tax increment financing (TIF) in districts created in need of ...
"It is Illegal ... "
By Stephen Tuttle | Oct. 19, 2019
In June of this year, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News interviewed President Donald Trump. He asked the president, among many other things, if he would notify the FBI if a foreign government gave him negative information about a political opponent. Trump said he'd want to see the information first, and then he might … no, he wouldn’t … well, he would, probably. Or he might not. A day later Ellen Weintraub, chair ...
Be Pretty. But Not Too Pretty.
By Katy Bertodatto | Oct. 12, 2019
A year ago, I had an incident while attending a children’s book writers conference in Manhattan. The evening before the final day of the conference, I dropped by the hotel lounge to have a glass of wine before heading to bed. I met a man who was also at the conference. We chatted for a bit at the bar. The following was relayed to me the next day because I do not ...
By Jack Segal | Oct. 12, 2019
When I made my 40th — and final — trip to Afghanistan in 2010, I thought the end of our Afghan nightmare was in sight. I was wrong. Now, eight-plus years later, we still cling to the same goals for that country that we defined at the beginning, when we established the Afghanistan Freedom Support Act of 2002: “to establish a broad-based, gender sensitive, multi-ethnic and fully representative government.” Really.In late 2001 ...
Please Don’t Make Me Almost Kill You
By Mary Keyes Rogers | Oct. 5, 2019
I wish I could tell you that on the many occasions when I’ve said, “Oh my God, I almost just killed that person,” that it was simply a figure of speech. But in fact, I do almost kill people on a fairly regular basis. Maybe I almost killed you. Countless times, I have been absolutely convinced that I’m going to kill, but through some twist of fate you’re spared, and we go our ...
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