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COMMENTARY: The key to representative democracy? Persuasion

June 14, 2019

By Lee H. Hamilton I am lucky enough these days to be in regular touch with young people - students - who are interested in public service. I find hope in their quality, energy, and motivation, and they press me to think more deeply about what it takes to ...

CYBERSPACE SIGHTING: Michigan Land Bank launches new website

June 14, 2019

The Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority has launched its new and improved website to increase efficiency and improve the user experience for those searching for property in Michigan. "Our team is very excited to offer our customers an improved user ...

COMMENTARY: State given 90 days to change Michigan's sex offender statute

June 14, 2019

By Marie E. Matyjaszek The State of Michigan recently was ordered – again – to revise its Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), which was deemed unconstitutional in 2016.  Almost three years ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: The greatest condiment in the subcontinent

June 14, 2019

Bon Appétit calls it “Hot, Sour, Salty, Sassy ... fiery, tangy, and crazy-flavorful.” Food Republic dubs it “the greatest condiment on the subcontinent.” That would be Indian pickle, made by salting and fermenting puckery fruits ...

SOCIAL SECURITY AND YOU: Happy anniversary

June 14, 2019

My wife and I recently celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. We were married on June 1, 1974. I was a relatively new employee of the Social Security Administration, having been hired a year earlier. How that came to be makes for an interesting story. After ...

NERDWALLET: Income can peak before you're ready

June 14, 2019

By Liz Weston NerdWallet Most retirement calculators are optimistic to a fault. They assume our incomes will rise throughout our working lives, or at least stay roughly the same. In reality, our incomes are likely to peak years - and sometimes decades - before ...