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Republicans are only interested in solving problems we don’t have

If you think the billionaires aren’t rich enough, women have too much control of their bodies and workers get paid too much, this GOP is for you. As the 112th Congress prepares to go down as the least productive in modern history, we in Michigan can remind you that the only thing worse than a Republican legislature that won’t pass laws is one that will. ...

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New bills under Gov. Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law over 200 bills that came out of an unusually active lame-duck session. They include: - House Bill 5523, sponsored by state Rep. Paul Opsommer, protects the online privacy of Michiganders by prohibiting employers and educational institutions from asking applicants, employees and students for passwords and other account information used to access private Internet and e-mail ac ...

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New EM law: Same ol’ …

A new emergency financial manager (EM) law will go into effect March 27. A little more than a month after voters repealed Public Act 4 (PA 4) on Nov. 6, Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law Public Act 436 (PA 436). The replacement law mirrors its predecessor, which was rejected by millions of voters statewide. ...

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Everybody’s talking about ‘Django’

Imagine being freed, or unchained, from slavery. Learning to be a fearsome gunslinger, getting some cash and going to find and free your true love, along the way blowing up, whipping and beating all of those who have enslaved you and separated you from your wife. This is the basic storyline of Quentin Tarantino’s new revenge flick, “Django Unchained.” ...

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Black homicides remain at unacceptably high rate

As the nation continues to ponder possible solutions to curb carnage that results from the easy accessibility to firearms, nowhere is the loss of lives from guns greater than in the Black community. According to “Black Homicide in the United States: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data,” a report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., the Black homicide rate in the year studied was more than six ti ...

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Constructing a new democracy

The anti-democratic efforts by the right-wing Republican legislature in Lansing are putting Michigan in the national spotlight. One national commentator, Jim Hightower, is now referring to our state as “Michiganistan” because of what he called the rule of “iron fist-democracy, rule-of-law, fairness and the people be damned.” He described the lame duck session as “dumbfounding, anti-democratic zealotry.” Oth ...

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Girls: King stays hot; Renaissance gets first win under new coach

The King girls hoops squad continues to make a statement as they bash away at their opponents. Senior forward Takira Height scored 16 points to lead the Crusaders to 59-7 thrashing of East English Village to start the PSL East campaign. In other key PSL East games Senior forward LaKayra Carlisle scored 24 points and senior guar Nish Hill scored 10 as Pershing (2-0) defeated Denby 68-46. ...

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