Category: Guest Post

GUEST POST – Hey, Great Lakes Education Project: Got Integrity?

GUEST POST – Hey, Great Lakes Education Project: Got Integrity?

The following essay was written by Mitchell Robinson and was originally published on his most-excellent blog at MitchellRobinson.net. Robinson is associate professor and chair of music education, and coordinator of the music student teaching program at Michigan State University. His essay is reposted here with permission. The Great Lakes Education Project is a Michigan advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the […]

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GUEST POST: Was Michigan charter school board complicit in theft of tax dollars by its founder Steve Ingersoll?

GUEST POST: Was Michigan charter school board complicit in theft of tax dollars by its founder Steve Ingersoll?

Steve Ingersoll has become the face of charter school operators scamming Michigan taxpayers by siphoning tax dollars intended for education into their own personal bank accounts. Ingersoll founded and operated the Bay City Academy in Bay City and the Grand Traverse Academy in Grand Traverse County. Last spring he was convicted on three counts of criminal tax fraud connected to […]

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GUEST POST: Congressional Republicans begin to move toward sanity on climate change with The Gibson Resolution

GUEST POST: Congressional Republicans begin to move toward sanity on climate change with The Gibson Resolution

In mid-September, just prior to the U.S. visit of Pope Francis, a group of 11 U.S. members of Congress introduced a House Resolution that has become known as “The Gibson Resolution“, named after Rep. Chris Gibson of New York who was the driving force behind it. The resolution, H.R. 424, calls upon Congress to begin taking action on global climate […]

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GUEST POST: The catastrophe of Flint’s water crisis falls squarely on Gov. Rick Snyder and the MDEQ

GUEST POST: The catastrophe of Flint’s water crisis falls squarely on Gov. Rick Snyder and the MDEQ

The following post was co-authored by David Holtz, the Chair of the Michigan chapter of the Sierra Club, and Anne Woiwode, the chapter’s Conservation Director. As leaders of one of the primary watchdog groups in Michigan when it comes to water quality, I asked them to weigh in on the ongoing crisis with Flint’s water supply. In their essay, Holtz […]

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GUEST POST: “Let them dance and sing” – An argument for art & music in public schools

GUEST POST: “Let them dance and sing” – An argument for art & music in public schools

The following guest post is by Mitchell Robinson and was first posted at his education-focused blog MitchellRobinson.net. He offered it up to me to share with the readers of Eclectablog and I immediately took him up on it having already read his beautiful prose. Robinson is associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University. He has held […]

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GUEST POST: “Oh, Deer!” – Ann Arbor’s deer cull is the wrong response to urban deer

GUEST POST: “Oh, Deer!” – Ann Arbor’s deer cull is the wrong response to urban deer

The following guest post was written by Wendy Welch, a good friend and also the wife of our very own LOLGOP. Wendy is the marketing director at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV). Titles in the post are given for identification purposes only and do not indicate support for or endorsement of the views presented. Enjoy. From Lyme disease […]

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GUEST POST: More voter turnout leads to more progressive policies and 4 other things you need to know about voting

GUEST POST: More voter turnout leads to more progressive policies and 4 other things you need to know about voting

This guest post comes from Sean McElwee — a research associate at Demos and an excellent follow on Twitter. Find out more about Sean, his work and what his research into voting uncovered about Michigan by checking out his first guest post for Eclectablog. In my latest report, Why Voting Matters, I argue that nonvoters are more progressive than voters, […]

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GUEST POST: Why Michigan should be proud of our voter turnout — but we’re only halfway there

GUEST POST: Why Michigan should be proud of our voter turnout — but we’re only halfway there

This guest post comes from Sean McElwee — a research associate at Demos and an excellent follow on Twitter. If you haven’t already, check out Sean’s work on Salon, Rolling Stone, his own blog and various other publications. You’ll see that he has a gift for lucidity and a healthy obsession with improving our democracy by increasing voting, dispelling economic […]

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GUEST POST: Equality in all aspects of our lives is an agenda worth fighting for

GUEST POST: Equality in all aspects of our lives is an agenda worth fighting for

The following essay was written by my friend Roscoe Woods, president of the American Postal Workers Union, 480-4781 Area Local which represents postal workers in the southeast part of the state. A version of it first appeared in their newsletter The Communicator over the summer. I particularly love this piece because it tells a personal story of acceptance of an […]

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GUEST POST: The Paradox of the Apple

GUEST POST: The Paradox of the Apple

This story arrived in my email inbox today from the most excellent group Local Harvest. It’s an important story about how our food supply cycles and our food demand cycles can be out of sync to the point where we literally throw away delicious, healthy, nutritious food and import the same food from other countries. In this case, the supply […]

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GUEST POST: Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump – Some Thoughts

GUEST POST: Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump – Some Thoughts

The following guest post is from my dear friend Wally Welch. In it, he compares and contrasts former President Jimmy Carter (a personal hero of mine who is battling brain cancer) and Donald Trump (not a hero of mine who is battling xenophobia, racism, and sexism.) Enjoy Jimmy Carter, 91, in typically cheerful, humble, and matter-of-fact fashion, recently announced he […]

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