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.
||Why don't Courser and Gamrat just quit?||Well, as anyone who cares now knows, the official report on the "alleged misconduct" by Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat was released yesterday. Listen Listening... 3:06 Jack Lessenberry talks about the Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat report that was rel||1 9 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The hypocrisy of Michigan Democrats||Well, this is the day everyone in Lansing has been waiting for. Unfortunately, if you think I'm talking about fixing the roads, you're wrong. No, this is the day the Michigan House of Representatives is due to release its report on the Todd Courser-Cindy||31 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fighting to keep the grass||Dave Mesrey needs a root canal and possibly shoulder surgery and can't afford either one, on his very part-time job doing editing work for an alternative newspaper. He doesn't much care about that. His car broke down years ago and he can't afford to fix i||28 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is a flier distributed in Southfield racism, or dirty politics?||Earlier this year I talked about Southfield, which I think is one of the more intriguing communities in Michigan. Southfield, which has between 70,000 and 75,000 people, basically was born, like so many other places, with the great suburban sprawl that be||27 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||We need a solution for storing nuclear waste, but our heads are stuck in the sand||There's a big issue simmering beneath the surface that you will hear a lot more about after mid-October. The government of Canada wants to bury low and intermediate level nuclear waste in a repository in Ontario, less than a mile from Lake Huron. The prop||26 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presidential polls are meaningless this early in the race||Years and years ago, I worked for a crusty old publisher who would not report the results of opinion polling in his newspaper. I thought he was a horribly backward troglodyte. Today, I'm not so sure. In fact, I have come to think that most so-called elect||25 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||If Courser and Gamrat won't resign, the House should expel them||I try not to write about sex for one reason. Not because I am squeamish. It's just that sex is so powerful that whenever it's injected into public life, it too often overshadows everything else. The nation was obsessed with Bill Clinton and Monica Lewins||24 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The truth behind Michigan's road problems||As you probably know, the latest effort to reach a compromise to fix Michigan's roads collapsed this week, as have all the others. Yesterday I suggested one possible solution: Forget talking about taxes. Instead, raise the price of gasoline 30 cents a ga||21 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Driving us to ruin - Michigan lawmakers missed again on road funding||Contrary to what you might think, it is not true that our government in Lansing can't do anything. Why, just yesterday, the governor reappointed four members to the Michigan Carrot Commission. And the state House of Representatives unanimously voted to r||20 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The popularity of anti-immigrant rhetoric a sign of a frightened country that has lost its way||I've been studying presidential elections for a long time, and can tell you that this has been the most anti-immigrant campaign since the Know-Nothing Party of the early 1850s. Ironically, many of those bashing immigrants today are descended from people w||19 8 2015||Free||View In iTunes|