Editorial Archive

  • The world is in a dangerously self-destructive place. The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spells out in great detail the dire environmental changes that are already underway as a result of global warming — changes that will undoubtedly intensify within the lifetimes of most people alive in the world today unless humankind takes extraordinary steps to curtail carbon emissions. Yet the report also shows why it is increasingly unlikely that those steps will be taken: lack of political will.

    The world is warming faster than we believed

    The world is in a dangerously self-destructive place. The new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change spells out in great detail the dire environmental changes that are already underway as a result of global warming — changes that will undoubtedly intensify within the lifetimes of most people alive in the world today unless humankind takes extraordinary steps to curtail carbon emissions. Yet the report also shows why it is increasingly unlikely that those steps will be taken: lack of political will.

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  • It’s time for “To Kill a Mockingbird” to give up its treasured place in American culture.

    Atticus Finch was on the wrong side

    It’s time for “To Kill a Mockingbird” to give up its treasured place in American culture.

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  • So now we know what Donald Trump will do for a living when he leaves office, whenever that is. He will be busy: In addition to continuing his television career by doing commercials for products that you can get by calling a 1-800 number, he’ll also be touring as a stand-up comedian.

    The last laugh

    So now we know what Donald Trump will do for a living when he leaves office, whenever that is. He will be busy: In addition to continuing his television career by doing commercials for products that you can get by calling a 1-800 number, he’ll also be touring as a stand-up comedian.

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  • The principle that must undergird any framework is relatively straightforward: Consumers should have more control over how companies collect, use, share and sell their data. How to put that principle into practice is not straightforward at all.

    Protecting privacy online becoming a matter for Congress

    The principle that must undergird any framework is relatively straightforward: Consumers should have more control over how companies collect, use, share and sell their data. How to put that principle into practice is not straightforward at all.

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  • By LEE H. HAMILTON We live in a divided country. And I don’t just mean politically. Our economy is creating winners and losers, with no clear way up the ladder […]

    What it means to live in polarized times

    By LEE H. HAMILTON We live in a divided country. And I don’t just mean politically. Our economy is creating winners and losers, with no clear way up the ladder […]

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  • It happens several times a game: I’ll announce to the world, “The entire season rests on this pitch (shot/play/whatever).” My friends long ago learned simply to ignore my sarcasm, which makes it difficult when I’m being serious. Such as when I announce, “The fate of the nation might rest on the upcoming election.”

    The ballot ballgame

    It happens several times a game: I’ll announce to the world, “The entire season rests on this pitch (shot/play/whatever).” My friends long ago learned simply to ignore my sarcasm, which makes it difficult when I’m being serious. Such as when I announce, “The fate of the nation might rest on the upcoming election.”

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  • The attempted political assassination of Brett Kavanaugh is bad for the country, but good for a Trumpian attitude toward American politics. The last-minute ambush validates key assumptions of Donald Trump’s […]

    Kavanaugh assault validates Trump

    The attempted political assassination of Brett Kavanaugh is bad for the country, but good for a Trumpian attitude toward American politics. The last-minute ambush validates key assumptions of Donald Trump’s […]

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  • Would-be Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she wants to unleash a state agency that hands out billions of dollars in subsidies to corporations. History shows that’s not a good idea.

    What would it mean to unleash the MEDC?

    Would-be Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she wants to unleash a state agency that hands out billions of dollars in subsidies to corporations. History shows that’s not a good idea.

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  • Calling all millennials: Michigan wants you. That’s the message in a new talent attraction campaign that went live earlier this month as a way to woo young professionals to the state, and keep them here. It’s a worthwhile idea as Michigan moves from being a state where young people once left in droves to one that draws them in.

    Make Michigan a millennial talent hub

    Calling all millennials: Michigan wants you. That’s the message in a new talent attraction campaign that went live earlier this month as a way to woo young professionals to the state, and keep them here. It’s a worthwhile idea as Michigan moves from being a state where young people once left in droves to one that draws them in.

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  • Employers still have the right to conduct background checks and ask pointed questions of potential candidates. Snyder’s directive offers the opportunity for candidates to prove they’re more than a criminal record.

    Gov. Snyder directive to ‘ban the box’ is good for Michigan

    Employers still have the right to conduct background checks and ask pointed questions of potential candidates. Snyder’s directive offers the opportunity for candidates to prove they’re more than a criminal record.

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