Tom Watkins served the citizens of Michigan as state superintendent of schools, state mental health director and was the president and CEO of the Economic Economic Council of Palm Beach County, Fl. He is an international business and educational consultant.
Opinion: Don’t take your date to an asylum for Valentine’s Day
Tom Watkins and Jim Haveman recently wrote an opinion piece in The Detroit News: “Asylums that ‘treated’ individuals with mental illness have been a horror show for far too many people throughout our history. It should not become a spooky entertainment venue.”
Watkins: Here’s how we fix Michigan’s broken mental health system
Here’s how we continue the pursuit of an integrated health care system that maximizes public resources, is consumer and community-focused.
Rural Forest Markers Act is a Bipartisan Win-Win for Rural Landowners and the Environment
Rural Insights contributor Tom Watkins shares his thoughts on the bipartisan “Rural Forest Markets Act” bill, which authorizes the USDA to offer loan or bond guarantees of up to $150 million to open emerging markets for carbon mitigation, among other things, to rural forest owners.
Covid-19 in rural Michigan/America
The following was originally published on Education Views on April 6, 2020, and is republished…
Michigan needs a Rural Policy Director
Michigan’s official state motto is: “Si Quæris Peninsulam Amœnam Circumspice,” or, “If you seek a…