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Where Up is Down and We All Take a Ride on the Merry-go-round

2015 was a depressing yet hopeful year politically. Depressing, because it further emphasized the economic disparity throughout America that is ripping our country apart at the seams through the polarization of extremes on both sides of the spectrum, which in the process has squeezed out rationality. Hopeful, because on several fronts of the local, national, and statewide landscape, people were looking outside the mainstream for ways to fix the system.

17th December, 2015 | 0 Comments

They say we don’t make anything in America anymore, but in actuality there is one industry that has displayed consistent growth over the last 40 years, even finding a way to increase their business through imports. If your guess were prisons, you would be right on the money; that’s right, our own State & Federal Penitentiary System.

23rd July, 2015 | 0 Comments

Brian Elder & Jimmy Greene Debate the Pros & Cons

While lacking the catchy title of “Right to Work,” the current debates and impending vote to strike down Michigan’s Prevailing Wage law have the potential to have similar impact on the State’s skilled trades workforce.

11th June, 2015 | 0 Comments

The election of Michigan’s Supreme Court is truly an oddity.  Every two years prospective candidates vie for a seat on Michigan’s court of last resort.  This year, two of the seven seats are up for vote, with one spot to serve for a full 8-year term and the second to fill the remaining two years of the term that was vacated in 2013, when then Justice Diane Hathaway was convicted of real estate fraud.

30th October, 2014 | 0 Comments

In each election cycle you are very apt to hear the term “voter apathy,” referring to the lack of interest that the voting public has in the election process.  It leads to low turnouts and – in many instances – disgust in the results by people who did not bother to vote.

30th October, 2014 | 0 Comments

Of Wolves & Regulation

Proposal 14-1: A Referendum of Public Act 520 of 2012, Establishing a Hunting Season for Wolves & Authorizing Annual Wolf Hunting Lessons Proposal 14-2: A Referendum of Public Act 21 of 2013, Granting the Natural Resources Commission the Power to Designate Wolves & Certain Other Animals as Game Without Legislative Action Public Act 520 would designate wolf as game for hunting purposes and authorize the first wolf hunting season and allow the Natural Resources Commission to schedule annual wolf hunting seasons and set up criminal penalties for the unlawful possession or taking of wolves, as well as require any person hunting wolves to obtain a wolf hunting license.

30th October, 2014 | 0 Comments

 It’s not something I am particularly proud of, but I am a veteran of a few rocky relationships. The story is usually somewhat similar.  The atmosphere, on the best days, shifts to one of barely tolerating each other.

24th July, 2014 | 0 Comments

Climate Disruption is profoundly deadly. It is the secondary effect of burning fossil fuels through manufacturing, transportation and agriculture. Burning fossil fuel produces carbon dioxide which in excess causes a greenhouse effect, trapping warm air in the atmosphere, moving the average temperature of the planet up and up.

09th May, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Sky Still Hasn't Fallen, though the Dollar's Future is Certainly Questionable

Crisis after crisis, the latest whodunnit partisan blame game in Washington ended somewhat abruptly after massive finger pointing by both sides as to whose idea this horrible sequester really was; and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post strode in and showed he is a lapdog of neither party nor any administration.

04th April, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is Sequester the Only Way to Fix Our Economic Woes?

Let's face it, television news is largely unwatchable.   This isn't a sudden situation, but something that has evolved over time.  Gone are the days when you chose one of three flavors, all of them substantial.

14th March, 2013 | 0 Comments

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