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Mich. GOP lacks high-character leaders
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
DETROIT — Nobody would deny that the Michigan Democratic Party has had its share of crooks, criminals, and embarrassing characters — even without mentioning former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. …

3/2/2015 12:00 AM
Advertising health-care rates is refreshing
BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN BLADE COLUMNIST
In a refreshing move, the Toledo Clinic, a 175-physician group took out a recent full-page advertisement in The Blade that compared laboratory and radiology rates it charges with those charged by ProMedica and Mercy Health Partners, the two main players in the Toledo health-care market. There is a gross inequality in charges between the Toledo Clinic and …

3/1/2015 12:00 AM
Ohio should focus on tax fairness
BY DAVID KUSHMA BLADE EDITOR
Gov. John Kasich calls it “really simple stuff.” It’s just “common sense,” he says. It’s the obvious solution to prevent “a severe drag on economic growth” in Ohio, he insists. …

3/1/2015 1:39 AM
More info would have bolstered column
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
My voice mail was nearly full the day after the Keith Burris column, “Woodville: Worst little town in Ohio?” was in The Blade on Feb. 15. …

3/1/2015 12:00 AM
Divestment from Israeli occupation a topic
BY MARINA BOLOTNIKOVA BLADE EDITORIAL WRITER
Late last month, the University of Toledo hosted a debate that’s occurring with growing frequency on American college campuses. For two hours, UT student senators discussed — and ultimately rejected — a resolution backed by the campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine that would have called on the university to divest from businesses linked to Israel’s occupation of …

2/28/2015 12:00 AM
Mixed message sent about home rule
BY MARILOU JOHANEK BLADE COLUMNIST
The Ohio Supreme Court needs to make up its mind. Do local governments have a constitutional right to home-rule authority? …

2/27/2015 12:00 AM
Bad system weighs heavily on judge
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
DETROIT — Wayne County Chief Probate Judge Milton Mack is frustrated with the mental health system in Michigan. He’s seen a lot of mentally ill people pass through his courtroom in his nearly quarter-century on the bench. …

2/24/2015 12:00 AM
Jeb Bush’s tightrope walk
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Jeb Bush has been a putative candidate for the White House for only a few weeks, and already he is discovering that presidential politics requires an elegant equipoise. …

2/23/2015 12:00 AM
What happened to proper use of words?
BY THOMAS WALTON BLADE COLUMNIST
Funny thing about the word “awesome.” It’s been in the dictionary ever since there have been dictionaries. But over the course of the last generation or so, we have managed to debase it and dilute it to the point of irrelevance. What’s worse, we don’t have names any more. We’re all just “dude.” …

2/22/2015 12:00 AM
Uncommon ground
BY JEFF GERRITT DEPUTY EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR
DETROIT — Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp walked into the Ryan Correctional Facility on Detroit’s east side and asked for Shannon Keys — Michigan Department of Corrections prisoner No. 210418. Mr. Tharp didn’t come to interrogate Keys. He came to ask him for ideas on how to do his job better. …




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