January 23, 2018

Thanks to a turn in the national administration policy relative to enforcement of  federal law as it applies to use and possession of marijuana, Michigan’s medical marijuana program could well suffer yet another set...

December 19, 2017

This January issue of Downtown marks the start of the ninth year of publication of the news magazine – quite a milestone in an industry that has, at best, been challenged for the last two decades.

I would like to thi...

November 21, 2017

Over the coming days and weeks it will be interesting to see if what I call the wall of silence will prevail in the possible criminal case of sexual assault at a party of prep school students that occurred in late O...

October 24, 2017

The media business has come a long way since the heady days of newspaper barons like William Randolph Hearst who in 1887 was given control of the San Francisco Examiner by his father and would build an empire to inc...

September 28, 2017

Contrary to what critics of mine may think, I consider myself an Independent when it comes to politics, although I admit on many social issues I may lean toward left of center.

You can write that off to a number of f...

September 1, 2017

The old adage that 'those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it' is now playing out in grand fashion as the Michigan legislature and the administration of Gov. Snyder celebrate the possible arrival of the Taiwa...

August 1, 2017

During the course of last year I devoted one of my monthly columns on the effort in Lansing to begin applying the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to both chambers of the state legislature and the office o...

July 1, 2017

Since arriving in Oakland in the early 1970's, I have had the good fortune of observing first hand as this county took its rightful place as the economic engine that helped drive the state of Michigan.

When I arrived...

June 1, 2017

One is almost tempted to congratulate President Donald Trump for single-handily re-energizing the media landscape, especially the newspaper print/digital part of the journalism world. As we went through the final da...

May 1, 2017

Privacy protection on the internet has taken a beating in recent weeks. That much most people by now have heard. The short version taken from a spattering of news coverage and headlines – Republicans in the U.S. Hou...

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