Michigan Radio: Jack Lessenberry: Jack's Take
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Daily interviews and essays about politics and current events with newspaper columnist Jack Lessenberry.
||Michigan builds roads correctly (when it builds roads)||As everyone knows, we are in the middle of a great statewide debate about whether to raise the sales tax to pay for our roads. Last week, someone asked me a different question about the whole road repair process. Namely, are we repairing the roads in the||30 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michigan and Income Inequality||I think that one of the most significant stories in America is also one of the most neglected by both the politicians and the media. Over the last thirty-five years, there has been a massive redistribution of income in this state and country from the poor||27 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The water wars in Flint||If you don't live in the Flint area, you may be wondering what on earth is going on with the politicians and the water. For many years, Flint, like many other communities, bought its water from Detroit. Then, less than a year ago, they switched to save||26 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Snyder vs the legislature on education funding||Years ago, when we had a governor from one political party and a legislature controlled by the other, we often saw epic battles over spending priorities, otherwise known as the state budget. Back in pre-term limit days, compromises would eventually be rea||25 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How important Canada is to us?||I spent some time yesterday with Douglas George, the Canadian consul general in Detroit. We often take Canada pretty much for granted, which is precisely what we shouldn't do. We sometimes half-forget that it is, after all, a major foreign county stretch||24 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What are the biggest issues facing Michigan residents?||Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives are introducing bills to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage. This has about as much chance of becoming law as I have of becoming starting forward for the Detroit Pistons. Republicans have large m||23 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||If you aren't worried about education in Michigan, you just flunked the common sense test||Virtually everyone who doesn't have a political reason to pretend otherwise would agree that the Detroit public schools are a dreadful failure. More than three-quarters of its students have fled the district in the last 14 years. Test scores remain appall||20 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||When you devalue teachers, you cheat your children||'ve said more than once that it isn't fair to expect teachers to solve all the problems of educating our kids. When a child is hungry, or has a chaotic living situation and no support at home, the best curriculum and the most effective teachers may not be||19 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Gov. Snyder's latest move on failing schools help?||The education community was all a-flutter yesterday over the news that Governor Snyder had moved the school reform office from the Department of Education, which he doesn't control, to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, which he does. Th||13 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Schuette Subpoenas||I don't know if you know this, but journalists don't have any more right to seek out information and publish it than the guy selling Slurpees in the Seven-Eleven. And we wouldn't have it any other way. The right to know and to express ourselves is guarant||11 3 2015||Free||View In iTunes|