opinion http://michiganradio.org en Find the work you love and forget the rest http://michiganradio.org/post/find-work-you-love-and-forget-rest <p><a href="http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/best-worst-jobs-2013">CareerCast.com ranked more than 1,000 American jobs</a>, and determined that the worst job isn’t garbage collector, animal cage cleaner or Lindsey Lohan’s sobriety tester &nbsp;– but journalist.</p><p>Yes!&nbsp; Score!&nbsp; Booyah!</p><p>They based their rankings on four criteria:</p><ul><li>the workplace environment,</li><li>the industry’s future,</li><li>the job’s average income,</li><li>and stress.</li></ul><p>Okay, it’s true: newsrooms aren’t pretty places.&nbsp; The future looks bleak for newspapers.&nbsp; You can make more money doing a lot of other things.&nbsp; And, yes, the stress is very real. &nbsp;The hours are bad and many of our customers think they can do it better – and often take the time to tell us that.</p><p>But journalists themselves have reacted to this ranking with all the cool, collected calm of Geraldo Rivera, or Nancy Grace.</p><p>But here’s why: newsrooms aren’t for everybody, but we <em>like</em> them – the hustle and bustle and energy and urgency.&nbsp; We like the stress, too – no matter how much we complain about it – because it comes with doing work we think actually matters. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 05:11:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12288 at http://michiganradio.org Find the work you love and forget the rest Women in sports: Title IX and the "Battle of the Sexes" http://michiganradio.org/post/women-sports-title-ix-and-battle-sexes <p>This week, the University of Michigan celebrated the 40<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Title IX, with a host of speakers and panels discussing the historic legislation and its impact on girls, women and the United States itself.&nbsp;</p><p>Before Title IX, only one in 30 girls played high school sports.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, more than half do.&nbsp;</p><p>After a single paragraph, and an unforgettable tennis match, that changed our nation forever.</p><p>It all started pretty quietly.&nbsp;</p><p>Just a sentence buried in the back of the Education Amendments Act of 1972.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.&rdquo; Fri, 11 May 2012 13:28:03 +0000 John U. Bacon 7425 at http://michiganradio.org Women in sports: Title IX and the "Battle of the Sexes" New poll shows drop in Snyder popularity http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-drop-snyder-popularity <p>A new poll shows Governor Rick Snyder&#39;s popularity is falling among Michigan voters. The poll, released by <a href="http://www.epicmra.com/pressroom.htm">ERIC-MRA</a>, shows 44 percent of likely Michigan voters had a favorable view of the governor. Twenty-seven percent had an unfavorable opinion. As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-ap-mi-snyder-poll,0,2105402.story">notes</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Shortly after the Republican took office, an EPIC-MRA poll of 600 likely voters found 59 percent viewing Snyder favorably and 8 percent unfavorably.</p><p>Fifty-three-percent of those in the new poll say they oppose Snyder&#39;s plan to tax pensions, while 41 percent support it.</p></blockquote><p>In a article about the new poll titled, &quot;<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110303/NEWS06/103030679/Looks-like-honeymoon-s-over-Gov-Rick-Snyder">Looks like honeymoon&#39;s over for for Gov. Rick Snyder</a>,&quot; the Detroit Free Press <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110303/NEWS06/103030679/Looks-like-honeymoon-s-over-Gov-Rick-Snyder">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Voters also did a U-turn on Snyder&#39;s job performance -- 38% positive and 15% negative in January to 32% positive and 36% negative in February -- and on the overall direction of the state.</p><p>In the late January survey, Michiganders seemed to have emerged from a decade-long funk: 43% said they thought the state was headed in the right direction.</p><p>That number slumped to 36% in the latest EPIC/MRA poll, with 42% saying Michigan is on the wrong track.</p></blockquote><p>Meanwhile, Governor Snyder will continue to talk about his plan to reinvent the state at the Pancakes and Politics breakfast in Detroit today. Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:51:55 +0000 Zoe Clark 1487 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows drop in Snyder popularity Super Bowl Hoopla http://michiganradio.org/post/super-bowl-hoopla <p>Forty five years ago, the Super Bowl wasn’t even the Super Bowl.</p><p>They called it the <a href="http://www.nflteamhistory.com/nfl_afl_results.html">NFL-AFL Championship game</a>, until one of the founders renamed it after watching his grandson play with a “<a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2007-01-30/news/0701300052_1_super-ball-super-bowl-avocados">High Bouncing Ball</a>” – a super ball.</p><p>Tickets were only fifteen bucks for that <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNRpCfDS5ks">first game</a>, and they barely sold half of those, leaving some 40,000 empty seats in the Los Angeles Coliseum.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A 30-second ad cost only $42,000, and they weren’t any different than the ads they showed the previous weekend.</p><p>The half-time show featured three college marching bands, including one you might have seen from the University of Michigan.</p><p>Over the next couple decades, of course, the event became a veritable national holiday.&nbsp; Tickets now sell for thousands of dollars, and ads for millions.&nbsp; The game attracts more than 100 million viewers in the U.S. alone. Fri, 11 Feb 2011 13:13:20 +0000 John U. Bacon 1251 at http://michiganradio.org Super Bowl Hoopla Poll: Majority of MI voters have favorable opinion of Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-majority-mi-voters-have-favorable-opinion-snyder <p>Fifty-nine percent of Michigan voters surveyed <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/01/michigan_poll_favorable_rating.html">in a new poll</a> say they have a favorable opinion of Governor <a href="http://www.governorelectricksnyder.com/">Rick Snyder</a>. The new poll by Lansing-based <a href="http://www.epicmra.com/index.htm">EPIC-MRA</a> shows 8 percent of Michigan voters surveyed had an unfavorable opinion. Thirty-three percent were undecided. Fri, 28 Jan 2011 13:03:37 +0000 Zoe Clark 1057 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Majority of MI voters have favorable opinion of Snyder New poll shows favorable opinion of Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/new-poll-shows-favorable-opinion-snyder <p>A <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110119/NEWS06/101190375/1318/Poll-Michiganders-looking-up">new poll</a> shows 59 percent of likely Michigan voters hold a favorable opinion of Governor Rick Snyder. The poll was released on the eve of Snyder's <a href="http://www.michiganradionews.org/post/countdown-snyders-first-state-state-address">first State of the State address</a>.</p><p>Nine percent of likely voters say they have an unfavorable opinion of the new governor.&nbsp;</p><p>When asked, 41 percent of respondents said they think Michigan is not headed in the right direction, 39 percent said it is.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-michiganvoters-po,0,2611346.story">results of the poll</a> have a margin of sampling area of four percentage points. Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:31:10 +0000 Zoe Clark 929 at http://michiganradio.org New poll shows favorable opinion of Snyder Rule of Law http://michiganradio.org/post/rule-law <p>It’s sometimes easy to be cynical about what we used to call “the system” back in the days when bell-bottom jeans were common.</p><p>Too often, it appears that society at all levels still functions under the golden rule, as in, he who has the gold, makes the rules.</p><p>Ideally, things are supposed to work according to the words engraved on the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington: Equal Justice Under Law.” But in practice, it too often seems that things&nbsp; are more like the famous New Yorker cartoon in which a judge peers down at a defendant, and asks:</p><p>“So, how much justice can you afford?“ Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:55:39 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 829 at http://michiganradio.org Rule of Law Attacking Public Employees http://michiganradio.org/post/attacking-public-employees <p>Every culture and civilization has a set of myths which are sometimes partly true, but which are exaggerated out of proportion.</p><p>For example, they say any child in America can grow up to be president. That was made more believable when Barack Obama won. But for too many children today, a decent education, let alone the White House, is an impossible dream.</p><p>We take other things on faith too. These days, something most people seem to believe is that we have too many public sector employees, that they are paid too much, and that the cost of their pensions and benefits are killing us.</p><p>As a result, it is widely expected that Governor Snyder will seek deep cuts in public sector benefits to help close a nearly two billion dollar hole in next year’s state budget. Thu, 06 Jan 2011 17:30:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 776 at http://michiganradio.org Attacking Public Employees Commentary: What Do We Know? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-what-do-we-know <p>Every time I turned on any radio station yesterday -- other than this one -- almost all I heard was discussion and speculation as to whether University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez had been fired, should be fired or deserved to be fired.</p><p>Michigan television stations were just as bad. They seem to have descended on Ann Arbor en masse, leaving me to wonder what real stories they were missing across the rest of our state.</p><p>However, I tend to wonder about that every day as it is. Lacking any real information, reporters opted for the famous man-or-woman-on the street interview approach. To their credit, those I saw being interviewed said mostly well-informed and nuanced things. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 18:23:53 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 758 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: What Do We Know? Commentary: Between the Cracks http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-between-cracks <p><font id="role_document" color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">A former student sent me an e-mail a couple days ago that made me both happy for her and concerned about our state. She had been a “ninety-niner,” Beth confided, and her prospects looked bleak.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">She worried about having to move back in with mom and dad. But then, on Christmas Eve, she got a job. “Not a glamorous job, but a necessary one,” she said.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">That made me happy for Beth, but also reminded me that there are at least 162,000 other ninety-niners in this state who aren’t as lucky. Ninety-niners, by the way, are people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits.</font></font> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:25:45 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 738 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Between the Cracks Commentary: Governor Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-governor-snyder <p><font><font id="role_document" color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2">Michigan begins the first work week of 2011 with a new governor in charge. He’s a man whose name most of us didn’t know a year ago, but whom we elected by a landslide in November.</font></font></p><p><font><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2">We still don’t know exactly how Richard D. Snyder plans to make this state competitive again. But we do know this:</font></font></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 16:15:46 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 724 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Governor Snyder Commentary: Dress for Success http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-dress-success <p>I don’t know Jim Stamas personally. He is a state representative from Midland who will be the majority floor leader when the new legislature takes office next month.</p><p>He’s a fairly conservative Republican, and I’d guess that on some policy issues we might disagree. But he did something this week I thought totally appropriate. He is bringing back a dress code for the legislature. He thinks members ought to wear business attire when they are doing the people’s business. Thu, 23 Dec 2010 14:56:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 690 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Dress for Success Commentary: The Coming Drama http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-coming-drama <p><font id="role_document" color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Well, we finally have the official <a href="http://www.census.gov/">census figures</a>, and for the first time in history, Michigan <a href="http://michiganradionews.org/post/census-shows-michigan-only-state-lose-population">lost people</a> in the course of a decade. Worse, we’ll have fewer members of Congress.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Over the last thirty years, we’ve lost five seats in the <a href="http://www.house.gov/">House of Representatives</a>. That’s equivalent to losing the voting power of the entire state of Connecticut. Put another way, we’re now back to having only one more representative than a century ago.</font></font> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:50:31 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 680 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The Coming Drama Commentary: Time for Sanity http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-time-sanity <p><font id="role_document" color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">One thing is for sure. If Michigan is going to get out of the hole it is in and lay the foundation for future prosperity, lots of us are going to have to move out of our economic and political comfort zones.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Unions are going to have to realize that employers and governments can’t afford the same kind of health care and defined-benefit pension plans as when we had full employment at high wages and the Big Three dominated the global automotive economy.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Chambers of Commerce are going to have to realize that there is more to attracting new jobs and business than low taxes. </font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">And everybody is going to have to realize that without a modern, well-functioning infrastructure, we haven’t got a chance. </font></font> Tue, 21 Dec 2010 14:20:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 661 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Time for Sanity Commentary: Rays of Hope http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-rays-hope <p>We‘re in the middle of the holiday season, and in many ways, these aren’t terribly festive or inspiring times. We haven’t shaken off the effects of the Great Recession. Most of us know people who are out of work, in a time when there are too few jobs to be had.</p><p>We haven’t seen a lot of cooperation or willingness to work together from either our state or national governments. However, I was inspired by something this week. The American Civil Liberties Union of&nbsp; Michigan ran a high school essay contest.</p> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 19:12:04 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 549 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Rays of Hope Commentary: Helen Thomas, Again http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-helen-thomas-again <p><em>- By <a href="http://jackshow.blogs.com/jack/2005/08/jack_lessenberr.html">Jack Lessenberry</a>, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst</em></p><p>George Seldes, the great journalist who lived to be almost a hundred and five, said that if you live to be 90, the public forgives all your sins. In some cases, that certainly has been true.</p><p>Ronald Reagan’s policies fiercely divided Americans while he was in office, but by the time he died six years ago, he had become&nbsp; a national icon. But that certainly isn’t always the case.</p><p>And sometimes, people’s legacies might have been better if they had lived shorter lives. Take Jack Kevorkian, the apostle of assisted suicide.&nbsp;Had he died fourteen years ago, history would see him differently.&nbsp; He was regarded as a hero by many people in 1996. Juries had refused to convict him in five separate trials in which there was no doubt whatsoever that he had helped suffering patients commit suicide. Prosecutors in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties said they would no longer press charges against him, making what he did&nbsp;de facto legal. Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:59:17 +0000 Zoe Clark 483 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Helen Thomas, Again Commentary: Buying Congress http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-buying-congress <p><span _fck_bookmark="1" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>- By Jack Lessenberry</em></p><p><font id="role_document" color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Tim Walberg, who lost his seat in Congress two years ago, is going back to Washington next month. Once he gets there, he will be paid an annual salary of $174,000 dollars a year.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">That sounds pretty good, though it is a little less sweet once you realize that he has to live in two places, including one of the highest-priced real estate markets in the country.</font></font> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 13:59:41 +0000 Zoe Clark 469 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Buying Congress Unanswered questions for Snyder and Bernero http://michiganradio.org/post/unanswered-questions-snyder-and-bernero <p>With two weeks before the November 2nd election, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry says there are still unanswered questions for the candidates running for Governor. The most important? How would they balance the state's budget.</p> Wed, 20 Oct 2010 14:06:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 174 at http://michiganradio.org Unanswered questions for Snyder and Bernero Detroit newspapers to squeeze the belt tighter http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-newspapers-squeeze-belt-tighter <p><font color="#000000" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4">Newspapers aren&rsquo;t doing well these days, though the companies that own them are still making money. Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jack Lessenberry <a href="http://jackshow.blogs.com/jack/2010/10/essay-newspapers-in-crisis-10182010.html">says </a>the result is being played out in Detroit.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" size="2"><font size="4">_______</font></font></p> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:43:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 164 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit newspapers to squeeze the belt tighter