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Light at the end of Detroit's tunnel
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
DETROIT — Suddenly, for the first time since Detroit’s dreary bankruptcy process began last year, there seemed a real chance that the city might emerge from its fiscal woes in a way that didn’t leave pensioners penniless, or destroy the Detroit Institute of Arts. …

4/21/2014 12:00 AM
Learning German in a choir robe
BY THOMAS WALTON BLADE COLUMNIST
A little more than a year ago, I played the harmonica with the Toledo Symphony on amateur night. It was a chance for nonprofessional musicians to sit alongside Symphony pros for an evening of great music at the Peristyle. …

4/20/2014 12:00 AM
Even the outrageous Ted Nugent has right to free speech
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE OMBUDSMAN
Alan Goldsmith, a reader from Ann Arbor, doesn’t mince words: “Does The Toledo Blade think paying for and supporting a racist, draft-dodging pedophile was a smart decision and one a Great American Newspaper should be proud of?” …

4/20/2014 12:00 AM
Make Common Core better in Ohio; don’t scrap it
BY DAVID KUSHMA BLADE EDITOR
Ohio is one of the 44 states whose public schools are basing their teaching on the educational standards called Common Core. But as the resistance — more political than pedagogical — to Common Core continues to heat up, so does the pressure on state officials to dump the national standards. …

4/20/2014 12:00 AM
These races are weather vanes for 2016
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
It happens every four years: The political party on the defensive tries to portray races in off-year elections as individual ones without a unifying theme. …

4/19/2014 12:00 AM
Pope’s plea for forgiveness is not enough
Marilou Johanek
Pope Francis recently begged the countless victims of clerical abuse to forgive him for the “evil” committed by Catholic clergy. …

4/17/2014 8:30 PM
The high cost of running for Congress
BY JACK LESSENBERRY BLADE COLUMNIST
LANSING — Ninety years ago, Will Rogers made audiences laugh by saying: “America has the best politicians money can buy.” …

4/14/2014 12:00 AM
A look into Pakistan that few see
BY S. AMJAD HUSSAIN BLADE COLUMNIST
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan recently held a conference on Pakistan. The speakers were two women and a man who, amid all the bad news emanating from the country, brought a breath of fresh air. …

4/13/2014 12:00 AM
Heroin epidemic younger, whiter
BY JEFF GERRITT DEPUTY EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR
“When you put the dope down, you’re going to meet yourself.” …

4/13/2014 12:00 AM
The GOP’s big question for 2016
BY DAVID SHRIBMAN PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
The presidential nomination race is frozen. The big money and the gritty organizers won’t make 2016 election commitments until the putative front-runner makes a move, in or out of the campaign. …