- Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Celebrities-in-Chief are all over
"People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions - everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses" -- Juvenal Isn't it grand that we have such a cool couple in the WhitContinued ...
- Sunday, March 24, 2013
Forum: Restore and sustain our biodiversity
Michigan's Legislature quietly passed SB78 removing "biodiversity" from consideration in managing our public-owned natural resources....Continued ...
- Sunday, March 17, 2013
Forum: Treating people with disabilities
I applaud the Record-Eagle for continuing to cover the local recipient rights issue. It is obviously having an impact on both the citizens and the manner in which our government is being forced to address the problem. In the 19Continued ...
- Friday, March 15, 2013
Forum: Big picture of preschool education
As early as the 1850s citizens concerned with child welfare promoted the benefits of a nurturing home and education as the remedy to a lifetime of poverty, addiction and crime.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 10, 2013
Forum: Sunshine Week brings transparency
Welcome to Sunshine Week. I am talking about the public’s right and responsibility to keep an eye on what our government at the local, state and federal level are up to — from our legislators to cops and others.Continued ...
- Sunday, March 3, 2013
Forum: Universities help, but state needs more support
Michigan's economy is rebounding faster than most states, but businesses won't be able to get the high-skilled workers they need unless we commit toContinued ...
- Friday, March 1, 2013
Forum: Parent supports ex-CMH employee
Recently, Jonathan Bennett was fired from his job as Recipient Rights Officer at Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. News of his firing hit me hard.Continued ...
- Thursday, February 28, 2013
Forum: Utility decision matters to citizens
The attitude toward public input displayed by some city leaders and some Traverse City Light & Power officials in the Record-Eagle's Feb. 24 recent article “Scuffle over how utility will select next leader” was troubling.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 24, 2013
Forum: Time for solutions on lake levels
The exposed shoreline along Lake Michigan is creating a local buzz as residents watch this beautiful lake recede.Continued ...
- Friday, February 22, 2013
Forum: It pays to be informed
Many people plan for college, a home purchase and retirement, but what about planning for health care?Continued ...
- Thursday, February 21, 2013
Forum: Gerrymandering is problem
I have been an active Democrat in Michigan politics for 32 years. Throughout this time I have served in a number of positions within the party, the most recent being as Grand Traverse County Party Chair.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 17, 2013
Forum: Fears of school funding discrimination
The Record Eagle recently highlighted proposals from State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, to gradually remedy the current inequitable funding of public K-12 education in Michigan. While I applaud Senator Jones' willingness to stand up and promote a solution to this long-standing problem, I fear that it will suffer the same ill fate of similar efforts to end discrimination in school funding, and die a quick death in our state Legislature as next year's budget is crafted.Continued ...
- Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Forum: Snyder could be hero on guns
I congratulated Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on his veto of the bill to permit properly trained persons carry concealed weapons in schools and other public places.Continued ...
- Sunday, February 10, 2013
Forum: Choosing new TCL&P director a big deal
The Michigan Land Use Institute sent a letter to Traverse City Light & Power's board, at their invitation, describing the qualities we would like to see in a new executive director for the city's publicly owned utility.Continued ...
- Thursday, February 7, 2013
Forum: Sustain entrepreneurial momentum in 2013
In the Traverse City region, far from larger population centers where business opportunity would likely be greater, entrepreneurs are creating innovative companies and making investments that translate into jobs. We've seen a 27 percent increase in members from the region, which equals about 162 companies, in just the last year.Continued ...
- Friday, January 25, 2013
Forum: Importance of local school control
"Alice came to a fork in the road. 'Which road do I take?' she asked.Continued ...
- Thursday, January 24, 2013
Forum: Education funding top business priority
Michigan's business sector continues to turn the corner toward recovery, and in 2013 it will be critical to build on the momentum of the past two years.Continued ...
- Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Forum: 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade
It was 40 years ago this month that the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the historic Roe v. Wade decision.Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Forum: We are one people, but not the same
In a Jan. 15 forum concerning the removal of the Muslim "Call to Prayer" segment from a larger piece of music performed at a Traverse City church, retired judge Jim McCormick indicated that our community could benefit from an impassioned exchange of views, only if the writers would "get the facts straight, make appropriate distinctions, and then speak with real respect for others' feelings and opinions."Continued ...
- Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Forum: 'Call to Prayer' inspiring
My small contribution to that goal is this effort to throw some light on the possibly misunderstood "Call to Prayer," which I have heard at all hours in Cairo, Istanbul and Jerusalem.Continued ...
- Friday, December 28, 2012
- Forum: Natural gas key to smart energy policy
- Friday, December 21, 2012
Forum: Now is time to fight gun lobby
The aftershocks of another mass shooting are rippling across the landscape.Continued ...
- Thursday, December 20, 2012
Forum: Kids at edge of fiscal cliff
As the federal "fiscal cliff" approaches, we're hearing more about how various scenarios would affect politicians, defense contractors, high-income taxpayers, seniors, and other constituencies.Continued ...
- Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Forum: Palestine a dilemma for U.S.
Two peoples share the goal of having Palestine as a homeland: the Israelis and the Palestinians.Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Forum: Restricting access doesn't solve problems
Michigan's anti-choice legislators are celebrating the passage of two lame-duck bills, HB 5711 and SB 975. HB 5711 is a "super bill" that purports to regulate abortion services for the health and safety of women.Continued ...