Columns

MY TURN: 'Pre-obit' earns its rightful place in race to be first

December 9, 2016

As a newspaper editor for nearly four decades, I have received my share of strange requests over the years, some of which have bordered on the libelous, the criminal, and the obscene. Almost all have come from favor-seeking politicians or down-on-their-luck ...

COMMENTARY: Why fake news is dangerous

December 9, 2016

By Lee H. Hamilton Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet ...

COMMENTARY: A 'Baby Court' offers ray of hope for families

December 9, 2016

– Photo by Paul Janczewski David Newblatt is the Presiding Judge of the Genesee County Family Court. By David Newblatt As a family court judge in Flint, I see poverty flood my courtroom in a vicious cycle of cases in dependency, delinquency, criminality, ...

TAKING STOCK: Evil

December 9, 2016

Dear Mr. Berko: What's wrong with America when the drug company and my health insurer conspired with my doctor to deny a procedure and offer an alternative medication? Why has my diesel Volkswagen been recalled? Why did my mortgage company overcharge me by ...

GETTING TO KNOW ... Jennifer Pilette

December 9, 2016

Jennifer Pilette retired in June of 2015 after 16 years as a juvenile referee in the 3rd Judicial Circuit (Wayne), Family Division, Juvenile Section. Prior to this position, she was employed for 14 years with the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) representing ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Survivor, Thanksgiving leftover edition

December 9, 2016

I'm sure we've all heard some variation of this from our parents: "Don't waste food, there are people starving in (insert random remote country)." I also had that lesson reinforced in the restaurant business. One chef told me he thought it was a ...