The Yin and Yang of a Political Career

More twisted than a contortionist on a stripper pole. That’s what we ask of our politicians. Politics is a profession rife with challenges. Most colleges have a full course of study directed toward understanding the history and dynamics of American g … [Read more...]

Let Flint Get Its Mojo Back

I’m a Michigan boy. That alone endows me with two solid traits. I’m hearty. That comes from surviving tundra-like winters that never show up later than November first and are often content to laze around until early May. Snowdrifts to the second flo … [Read more...]

Executive Orders: A Long and Storied History

“Sic semper tyrannis.” Thus always to tyrants. Those were the words of John Wilkes Booth as he leapt to the stage from the president’s box after fatally shooting Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater in 1865. Booth didn’t like Lincoln. Does that go withou … [Read more...]

Common Core: A National Challenge

The phrase Common Core Standards gets a loud reaction when brought up in political conversation. It shouldn’t, education issues have little to do with politics. In my last column we discussed the timely demise of No Child Left Behind and the a … [Read more...]

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Gets Much Needed Revision

[Editor’s note: Terry Donnelly rejoins the Mesquite Local News where he started writing columns in 2008. His columns are available online at and will appear in the MLN print edition on the second and fourth Thursdays of the m … [Read more...]

Last Christmas

“One dollar and eighty-seven cents…two dollars and sixty-seven cents…three dollars and eighty-two, three, four cents.” The old couple counted out the assorted change that lay strewn about in front of them. It was December 24th and they had small gifts … [Read more...]

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Gets Much Needed Revision

In an unlikely scenario, congress and the president connected to revise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The original act was notable for creating Head Start, giving millions of poor kids a chance to experience group learning and … [Read more...]