National media attention was focused on Dearborn last week when nine Arab-American boys at Edsel Ford High School got in hot water for wearing sweatshirts with imagery evocative of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The shirts featured the school’s Thunderbird logo apparently flying into a block-style “11,” in reference to the boys’ place in the class of 2011. Inside the numerals are what appear to be four-square windows and below in quotations marks is “You can’t bring us down.” School administrators made the boys remove the … [Read more...] about Schools response to sweatshirt scandal shows short memory
By LORIE A. SHANE If you’re the parent of a student in one of Michigan’s public schools, odds are you’ve been contacted by your local district about the current “funding crisis.” You may be invited to a rally or a school board meeting or be asked to review information about declining state revenue. Many education officials will say that the state’s method of funding schools is “broken” and that you should contact your state legislators and demand “fair,” “sustainable” or “adequate” funding for public schools. It’s completely … [Read more...] about Q & A: Tough questions to ask your school district
THE RICH LOWRY COLUMN By Rich Lowry Barack Obama’s vibe used to be a cross between JFK and Beatlemania. Now it’s fading into “Oh, him again?” There’s nothing wrong with a boring politician. But Obama isn’t becoming boring in a stolid, dependable Angela Merkel kind of way. He’s not boring like a mannerly George H.W. Bush or a thoughtful Bill Bradley. He’s boring like yesterday’s celebrity. He’s the teen heartthrob who’s grown a little too old. He’s the star from “The Real World Denver” — three years ago. The cruel … [Read more...] about The Most Boring Man in the World?
On a day of peace, we Americans were reminded again — in a very direct way — that we remain a nation at war. The 23-year-old Nigerian who apparently tried to bring down a passenger jet bound for Detroit served notice that the next decade is likely to provide the same threat of terrorism that cloaked these last 10 years. The al Qaida-led extremist assault did not begin with the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on American soil, nor did it end that day. Homeland security officials, we are told, continue to intercept news of … [Read more...] about Heroes prevented a terrorist tragedy
For 30 years of his life, Carl Levin has served Michigan as a United States senator. The 75-year-old Detroit Democrat is serving his sixth consecutive six-year term, and his current committee assignments include chairmanship of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee. Levin has been Michigan’s senior senator since 1995, and is this state’s longest-serving member of the upper chamber. Levin has brought his rich public service background to his membership on the Senate Small Business Committee, … [Read more...] about Editorial: Bill offers needed help for small businesses
As superintendent, I thoroughly enjoy visiting each of our schools in the district. This is when I see first hand the accomplishments of our students and the professionalism of our staff. During my visits in November and December, I noticed something else going on in our schools: the spirit of giving. A can drive to help the Elks Club fill food baskets, Toys for Tots, Beggin for Bones, students making blankets for a homeless shelter, and a variety of other activities have been taking place to help those in need. The spirit of … [Read more...] about December Column
If the governor and Legislature insist on taking more money from families to solve the state’s self-created overspending crisis, they should at least tell those families where to trim the family budget. By MICHAEL D. LaFAIVE Although Michigan's fiscal 2010 budget requires no new taxes, Gov. Jennifer Granholm nevertheless has been trying to gin up support for a $600 million tax hike. This would be on top of the $1.4 billion tax hike she orchestrated in 2007. Since that tax increase, Michigan's unemployment rate has more than … [Read more...] about Dear tax raisers: Please tell us where to cut
Eleven months from a pivotal state election, lawmakers in Lansing are racing to erase a decade of futility. Spending reforms and tax overhauls are competing for attention so that elected officials can claim victory before they face the voters. The question, then, becomes: What should they do? And what comes first? Many, particularly Democrats like Gov. Jennifer Granholm, are clamoring for tax hikes to make up huge budget gaps. “Do it for the schools!” they exclaim. Or, “Do it for local police and fire departments!” Better … [Read more...] about State government reform first, then consider tax hikes