Tag Archives: Detroit News

Michigan, the state where Betsy DeVos has fought the past several decades to deregulate the charter industry and weaken public education, finishes dead last of all 50 states when it comes to student proficiency improvement

Citing the good work she’d done in Michigan, the Detroit News endorsed Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education this past January. The Amway heiress, they told us, based on what she’d accomplished here in Michigan, was a “sound choice” – someone who would “strive to improve education for all kids.” The “hysteria” over DeVos, they […]

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Zingerman’s founder Paul Saginaw on his time with Obama, the importance of raising the minimum wage, and why business owners should invest in their employees instead of their lobbyists

Early last winter, when the National Restaurant Association issued a formal statement about how raising the minimum wage would kill their industry, Paul Saginaw, one of the co-founders of Ann Arbor’s iconic Zingerman’s Deli, felt compelled to respond, and argue in favor of raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25. “We would be irresponsible employers […]

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The state of journalism today

The folks at the nonpartisan Pew Research Center just issued a new report entitled, State of the News Media 2010, and, as you might guess, based on the fact that I’m writing about it here, it doesn’t paint a very rosy picture… Here’s a clip: …The numbers for 2009 reveal just how urgent these questions […]

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Charlie LeDuff of the Detroit News on why he’s here

I was just stumbling around the internetz tonight, and happened across this video interview with Charlie Leduff, a Detroit News reporter who, within the last year, has written several articles that we’ve discussed here on the site. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a fan of his work, but he’s definitely chronicling a part of our […]

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Republicans, Religion and the Triumph of Unreason

I hate to keep flogging a dead horse, especially as I think 99% of you already agree with me on this, but I just have to share this article in the UK Independent by Johann Hari. It’s absolutely brilliant. Here’s how it begins: Something strange has happened in America in the nine months since Barack […]

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