Michigan Moves to End the Costly and Wasteful Carnage of Cannabis Prohibition
“You want to know what this was really all about,” Ehrlichman said of the drug war. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did.” - President Richard Nixon's domestic policy chief, John Ehrlichman
07th December, 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
How Facebook, Google & Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy
Author Jonathan Taplin has meticulously constructed a stinging and disconcerting polemic that traces the destructive monopolization of the Internet by Google, Facebook and Amazon, and that also proposes a new future for musicians, journalists, authors and filmmakers in the digital age.
22nd June, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dissecting the Necessary Cure for our Broken System
As one who recently experienced a five-day stay in the hospital and also received a $42,000 bill for the services rendered there, I have some acute observations about the health care debacle in the United States that is both bankrupting our nation and tearing the very fabric of our society apart at the seams.
20th April, 2017 | 0 Comments
Back in the mid-1970s, the Canadian province of Manitoba ran an unusual experiment: it decided to simply hand out money to some of its citizens with the ostensible goal of monitoring what happened. Did people stop working? Did poor people spend foolishly and stay in poverty? What was the overall impact on the social fabric?
21st July, 2016 | 0 Comments
Public Meeting Scheduled June 9th at Michigan Lutheran Seminary
Citizens and property owners living in the Westside Saginaw area of Congress, Mackinaw, Adams Boulevard, Gratiot and surrounding areas need to be aware of plans that are in the works to transform the current St. Stephens Parish Campus, located at 2711 Mackinaw Street into a Homeless Shelter for teenagers and young adults up to 16-26 years of age who have either dropped out of high school, or been suspended or expelled and are not permitted to attend their local public high school.
08th June, 2016 | 0 Comments
New Bill Could Land on Snyder’s Desk Next Week
Both the pro-marijuana and anti-fracking groups are relatively close to the 252,523 valid signatures needed to get these issues on the state’s November ballot, but they have one problem: some of the signatures are too old.
26th March, 2016 | 0 Comments
Guest Commentary by Senator Ken Horn
I was asked to provide a direct response to a guest editorial regarding a road funding alternative that was recently introduced in Lansing. The irony is that no one would likely know that choices for road repair were even an option, except for Mr. Schmid's panicked concern. His editorial, written without contacting me or my office, gives me the opportunity to clear up some misconceptions and concerns.
04th February, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Review Position Paper
As we embark upon a new year – and more importantly, an important Presidential election year – and as the Review enters its 37th year of publishing, I feel it incumbent to articulate a renewed Position Paper of sorts designed not only to re-define and renew what I perceive to be the Editorial Mission of this publication; but also address a growing concern with journalistic media on all levels of the national spectrum.
14th January, 2016 | 0 Comments