Protecting Michigan residents and resources

Refugees are placed in states through the Federal Refugee Resettlement program, a federally funded program that contracts with vendor agencies to coordinate placements and support services for refugee families coming into our country. After reviewing reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that state and local input is essential to the safety of the federal…

Give communities say on refugees resettlement

The heinous attack in Paris by Islamic State terrorists is an example of how this group of extremists continues to infiltrate peaceful communities worldwide and wreak havoc. As a result of the unprovoked attack by ISIS in France, many governors in America including Gov. Rick Snyder, suspended relocation of Syrian refugees to communities in their…

Due process missing from legislation

When our Founding Fathers considered government’s role as it pertains to personal property, they took great pains to ensure that property would be protected from unwarranted seizure by the government. The Fifth Amendment, contained in the Bill of Rights, states: “Nor shall (anyone) be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law;…

Oakland County needs electricity choices, not a monopoly

Sometimes it takes a headline from a completely unrelated subject to bring confirmation and articulation to one’s own issue. That happened recently. American Airlines announced it will begin matching the fares of other, no-frills airlines. “More competition, like we’re seeing here, generally means good things for consumers,” said Melissa Hinkle, editor of cheapflights.com, “including more…

Ending bad laws with good ones

By state Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake   Sometimes you come across a state law that is so absurd that it makes you wonder – what were they thinking? At least that’s what I recently thought while the House debated passage of a good piece of legislation, Senate Bill 281, which ends what can only…

Protecting privacy in age of technology

I believe law enforcement officials should use all the legitimate technology they possess when it comes to battling crime. However, as an advocate of personal liberty, I believe also in protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens by adding the proper guidelines to prevent the misuse of these new technologies. That concern includes the use of…

Protecting rights is priority in drone use

I was concerned, as I am sure many people were, to read that a surveillance airplane connected to the FBI was flying over our local communities – including ones I represent such as White Lake Township – and possibly gathering information from cell phones or taking high-definition photographs. According to reports obtained by the Detroit…

Sanctuary cities endanger American dream

America has long been a sanctuary for people from other nations seeking freedom – or, as our Declaration of Independence puts it, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Every year, approximately 1 million legal immigrants flow into the United States in search of a new life. They have followed the carefully crafted laws and…

Opening a path to accessibility

Have you ever felt very strongly about something a state agency or department is (or isn’t) doing and want to reach out and make contact with that agency? You call the main number and find yourself in a dense forest of automated answering systems, punching button after button in search of a human being who…

Work continues on road plan

Much has taken place since voters rejected the complicated and ill-fated Proposal 1, a lame-duck compromise from the last legislative session designed to raise more than $1 billion to fix and maintain the state’s transportation system. Within weeks after the failure of Prop 1, House Republicans drafted a plan to raise $1.27 billion annually for…

Protecting privacy in a digital age

In this day and age, technology is an integral part of our daily lives. We use cellphones and computers for daily communication—checking and sending emails, updating social media statuses, sending text messages and so on. With so much private information now in electronic format, it is incumbent upon public servants to protect privacy rights in…

Obama’s immigration mandates are an abuse of power

In Constitution 101, presumably a class President Obama had to pass in order to become the “constitutional scholar” he is purported to be, we learned that “all legislative powers … shall be vested in a Congress.” The Constitution does not allow Congress to delegate that power to the executive branch, nor can the president institute…