Opinion

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State budget crises and Mr. Holland's sorrow

In the coming year, states face a combined shortfall likely to exceed $112 billion.

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Pete Postlethwaite gave us the great “Brassed Off”

The great British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died of cancer Jan. 2 at 64, starred in one of the most progressive films that came out of England in the 1990s.

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Public workers in the bull’s-eye

Taking advantage of the economic crisis, the Republicans and Wall Street have placed public workers in the bull's-eye of their attack.

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Government wage freeze — a bad idea

Obama announced his proposal for a two year wage freeze for all non-military government workers. The proposal is a terrible idea.  It's bad for the economy and  feeds into racist, anti-worker stereotypes of the "lazy" public worker.

Corporate capital has pulled the plug on America

Is today's corporate elite meaner than capitalists and wealthy families of the previous era? Perhaps, but there are more fundamental reasons for their behavior.

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Film recalls 1999 Royal Oak Post Office murder suicide

Nineteen years ago on November 14th one of the country's more shocking examples of workplace violence took place at the Royal Oak Post Office in Michigan.

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Another chicken and egg story

Given the need to feed a growing world population, what kind of farming is viable and sustainable today?

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Factory farms produce more than eggs

In the early 1970s, I took a job at a brand new "industrial" hen house in Indiana.

Michigan governor race: Snyder the outsourcer vs. Bernero the fighter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- In the race for the Michigan governor's job, the choice is simple.

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Roy Kaufman, freedom fighter, dies at 80

CLEVELAND -- "Freedom fighter," "Poor man's lawyer," and "One of the most beautiful people I ever met" -- words that described progressive attorney, Roy Kaufman.

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