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Dale Hansen

Death With Dignity Is a Matter of Personal Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

If you have visited a news oriented website recently, you have likely heard the story of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who has an inoperable brain tumor. Rather than let the tumor dictate the terms of her death, she proactively sought an option that would allow her to end her life in a dignified and humane fashion.

Why Are Fast Food Workers Being Vilified?

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

History shows that Henry Ford doubled wages and still managed to increase profits. Are we really supposed to believe McDonald's can't spend a single penny more on workers without going bankrupt or ruining the U.S. economy?

What's Wrong With Fast Food Workers Earning a Living Wage?

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The goal of $15 per hour is likely a pipe dream. But with around $8.5 billion in income, $3.5 billion in dividend payments, and another $67 million in executive compensation (2012), it seems McDonald's can afford to increase wages some.

Blacks and Whites Aren't Having the Same Conversation on Race

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

On one side of this discussion are those who are holding up the shooting of Michael Brown as an example of the racial inequality in this country and in the justice system in particular. On the other side of this discussion are those who see racism as a hoax to be disproved.

Conservative Media Coverage of Michael Brown's Killing Is Embarrassing

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.26.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If you are white or Republican, you are likely to think the racial component of the shooting of Michael Brown is getting far too much attention. If you are black or a Democrat, you are likely to feel the opposite is true. This divide suggests we don't live in a post-racial America like many would have you believe.

Campbell Brown's Education Reform Isn't Good for Children

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.19.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Perhaps Brown would be interested in knowing that charter schools, non-union schools and schools without tenure protections actually don't outperform their counterparts.

Education Reform Is Awful and Supporters Know It

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.28.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

At the top of many education reformers' wish list is expanding charter schools to give students a choice. The total number of charter schools currently competing with Grosse Pointe and Birmingham public schools is zero.

The Republicans' Minimum Wage Class Warfare

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The rise of the U.S. was very much tied to innovation and creation. This conservative propensity of arguing for antiquated occupations to save menial jobs instead of embracing the sort of change that made the U.S. the world power it is today is dangerous.

Education Reform Is Dumb

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.14.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

You would be hard-pressed to find data that show less money in education leads to better results, but you can easily find people who complain that we spend too much on education.

Ending Teacher Tenure Could Cause More Problems Than It Solves

Dale Hansen | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

While attempting to give all students access to a high quality of education is an admirable goal, Judge Treu appears to be living in an information vacuum since the data on tenure and retention of bad teachers are hardly as definitive and causational as he seems to believe it is.

In Your Face, With Cake

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 07.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

A confident athlete simply stopped hiding. He enjoyed his man's support in his big moment. More important than cake, he smashed stereotypes.

On Racism, Conservatives Fail to Self-police

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

There is one thing we do know for certain: Anyone who tells you definitively that only one side or the other is to blame has absolutely no interest in fixing institutional inequality.

Republicans Struggling in Fight Against Obamacare

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.13.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

If Obamacare is indeed so awful and unaffordable, why are its critics having so much trouble finding one person in Michigan who has indisputably been harmed by it?

The Year in Racism

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

When a celebrity get busted for driving drunk with an ounce of cocaine, they at least admit to having a problem and check into a clinic. When a politician gets caught having an affair, they at least suggest they have let people down and get counseling. But for some reason being racist is the only sin that provides political cover.

'Choice': Another Republican Lie

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Republican-led legislatures across the nation are making controversial changes to many laws under the guise of "choice." Charter schools give families a "choice" of where to send their children. Right to work gives workers a "choice" to join a union. The truth is, "choice" is a red herring in these political discussions.

Gov. Rick Snyder: One Misleading Flip-flopper

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.24.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

So far in this election cycle, Snyder and his team of experts have proven to be very good at creating catchy nicknames and misrepresenting data to make it appear the governor has had a positive impact.

Easter: Another Chance to Screw Up Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

It's Easter, which in political terms means there is going to be some government body that attempts to put up religious symbols on public property and some outside group that says those symbols are unconstitutional.

Great teachers have a great impact

Dale Hansen | Posted 06.01.2014 | Detroit
Dale Hansen

Since the start of the Great Recession, public employees have been the target of much disdain and many cuts. One of the sectors hardest hit from these...

The Republicans' Private-life Paradox

Dale Hansen | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

For decades, one of the core principles of the Republican Party was that the government should be less involved in making decisions for the populace. Unfortunately, the actions of Republican legislators suggest that this principle only applies when Democrats are the ones making the rules.

The Anchor From Dallas Named Dale

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.19.2014 | Media
Courtney McKinney

I grew up watching Dale Hansen on TV. He was (and to some extent still is) the voice I hear when I think of nightly sports recaps. His was the voice d...

Sports Anchor Who Delivered Incredible Pro-Gay Speech Joins 'Ellen'

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.14.2014 | Gay Voices

When Michael Sam became the first active Division I college football player to come out as gay last week, he both made history and elicited a horrifyi...

Republican Rebranding a Massive Failure

Dale Hansen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Priebus can cut off contact with liberal media outlets to protest claims that he feels are unjust; however, if he is truly dedicated to reestablishing the Republican Party, he could start by looking in the mirror first because as these examples show there is nothing the liberal media can say that will make Republicans look worse than their own actions do.

Military Pension Cuts Prove Hypocrisy of Republicans

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The question the Republicans who are fighting to restore the cuts to military pensions really need to answer is, what makes all of these other brave men and women who work for the government less deserving of good pay, great benefits and public adoration?

The NSA Is Scary Good

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Since June 2013, when Edward Snowden released government documents confirming the existence of various data gathering methods used by the National Sec...

Gov. Chris Christie, Unabridged and Unpresidential

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Are we supposed to believe Christie was completely unaware of the actions of his deputy chief of staff? Assuming he is not lying about his involvement, there are litany of other questions that suggest incompetence on Christie's part.