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Securing Driver Safety or Fiscal Folly?

A few weeks ago, while driving down one of the numerous crumbling and deteriorating streets in Saginaw County, I could not help but notice how perfectly fine road signs were being replaced with completely new signage containing identical information. Moreover, not only were the signs themselves being replaced, but so were the poles holding the signs, even though the posts themselves were in strong and sturdy shape.

05th October, 2017 | 0 Comments

Retail stocks have been annihilated recently, despite the economy eking out growth. The fundamentals of the retail business look horrible: Sales are stagnating and profitability is getting worse with every passing quarter.

05th October, 2017 | 0 Comments

THE NEW GILDED AGE (Part 2)

There is no better example of the disconnect between so-called governing bodies and the public taxpayer who’s interests they are charged with protecting through prudent oversight than the recent actions by the Delta College Board of Trustees that granted college president Jean Goodnow a 2.5% salary increase, bringing her annual base compensation to a staggering $196,434, in addition to raising her automobile allowance from $9,000 to $10,000, while increasing her employer-sponsored 403 contribution up to $24,000 per year.

22nd June, 2017 | 0 Comments

​Many pundits and investors alike seemed stunned that Janet Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors’ of Federal Reserve didn’t announce interest rate hikes in September. It doesn’t take much searching to find many of these same pundits and investors were completely shocked by the 2008 crash, as we heard repeated over and over: “Nobody could have seen this coming!”

05th November, 2015 | 0 Comments

What Can Be Done to Address the Public Safety Crisis?

"As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.

31st May, 2012 | 0 Comments

Saginaw County’s General Fund has run a deficit in 7 of the last 10 years. As a result, fund reserves have fallen to a level that will likely require short-term borrowing to meet cash flow needs in the coming fiscal years.

28th April, 2011 | 0 Comments

BP Gets Rewarded with $10 Billion Tax Credit for Negligence

One year ago, British Petroleum’s oil began to pour into the Gulf of Mexico. It did not stop for 87 days. Today the economic and environmental devastation remain as thousands of Gulf coast residents cope with massive health problems associated with oil and improperly tested toxic dispersants such as Corexit, which has been ingested into vast levels of the aquatic environment, and hence into the human chain of life.

28th April, 2011 | 0 Comments

Anyone who is between approximately 40 and 70 years old and grew up in the City of Saginaw may remember two things.                 (1) The Saginaw County Fair still was staged during Labor Day week on the city’s East Side, at East Genesee and Webber, before the move to the county’s Chesaning outskirts.

14th April, 2011 | 0 Comments

Thoughts About Snyder's Marshall Plan for Michigan

I've lived on the city side of the Saginaw city limits for 30 years; the border with Saginaw Township is my property line. I have considered the opportunities lost to our entire Saginaw Valley community, and to me personally, on account of the artificial wall, which divides my neighborhood into separate government jurisdictions.

31st March, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Problems are Massive, The Soutions Require Courage

As my former colleague on the Saginaw Charter Commission, Greg Schmid, writes in a guest editorial in this current edition of The Review, Michigan is set to enact a controversial law that expands state power over fiscally stressed local governments and gives emergency managers broader authority, including the ability to terminate labor contracts.

31st March, 2011 | 0 Comments

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