Columns Archive

GUEST COLUMN: September is Safe Sleep Month

GUEST COLUMN: September is Safe Sleep Month

By TRACI SMITH Guest Columnist Each year in Michigan, we are losing approximately 140 infants due to causes that are 100 percent preventable. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, or SUID, is Michigan’s leading cause of preventable infant death. Nationally, this statistic translates to over 5,000 infants who will not complete their first years of life because they were placed […]

MARY TRUCKS: Looking at the big picture

MARY TRUCKS: Looking at the big picture

Legislature should consider impact decisions have on single parents more carefully By MARY TRUCKS Guest Columnist More than anything, the Legislature’s inability to consider poverty’s bigger picture has had a negative impact on low-income families, particularly those headed by a single parent. According to the most recent Kids Count data, 35 percent of Michigan children are being […]

RONNIE MCBRAYER: What is wrong with the world?

RONNIE MCBRAYER: What is wrong with the world?

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” goes the French proverb credited to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s not that a society or organization cannot be transformed. But such change is often cosmetic or superficial. Reality isn’t altered at the deeper, more profound levels. Simply […]