November 25, 2019

This month's rumination is directed at the true political independents and what I suspect is a large portion of the voting masses, among them this writer, who remain befuddled by the field of Democrat primary conten...

October 22, 2019

Back in April I used this space to raise a cautionary flag about the effort launched by the National Republican Party to sully the reputation of two congresswomen from Oakland County – Democrats Haley Stevens and El...

September 24, 2019

Several weeks ago I was fortunate to see the Broadway play To Kill A Mockingbird, the Aaron Sorkin adaption of the 1960 novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee, starring Michigan native Jeff Daniels.

For th...

August 20, 2019

Those of us who have been around for a while all have our memorable stories to tell about interactions with L. Brooks Patterson during his four terms as county prosecutor and seven terms as Oakland County Executive...

July 23, 2019

F­or over 40 years I have watched a number of efforts in the Michigan legislature to require transparency for state lawmakers, so I don't hold out a great deal of hope for the bills introduced in late May of this ye...

June 25, 2019

You have arrived at this page to read my monthly column, so then you have already seen one of the major changes that we have made to Downtown newsmagazine with this July issue.

Since the fall of 2010, we have been fe...

May 21, 2019

Washington Post journalist Isaac Stanley-Becker, a Rhodes Scholar writing from the UK where he is working on his doctorate in Modern European History at Oxford,  had a cogent (Morning Mix) column in early May that p...

April 23, 2019

Michigan has developed a heritage the last few decades of restricting the rights of registered voters from fully participating in the workings of the state and local government. 

It's been a slow but calculated effor...

March 27, 2019

The late William Safire – author, journalist, columnist – tells us in his Political Dictionary that the term “progressive” refers to a “movement of social protest and economic reform” but over time it has become a t...

February 19, 2019

As a general rule I try each month to vary the topics I tackle in this column, for obvious reasons. At this writing, I had several issues I could have addressed but then along came Oakland County Executive L. Brooks...

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