Archive for November, 2011

Geez! What Do Those People Want from Us?…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, November 19,  2011

Lower taxes are nice. Lower taxes are helpful. But there’s more to building Michigan’s economy than lower taxes….

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Taming of the Shrew — Grandville High School Theater

Attended opening night last night, and it was fantastic! (The Shrew and the Haberdasher in particular) Shows tonight and Saturday at 7:00PM. Click here for details:


The Recall Hammer…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, November 12,  2011

Basic summary: A Republican State Representative, Paul Scott of Grand Blanc, was successfully recalled from office this past election. The effort to recall him was largely funded by the Michigan Teachers Union (the MEA), which skews heavily toward the Democrats. Republican-leaning special interest groups have vowed revenge. For analogies, I flirted with Pandora’s Box and Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots, but eventually settled on the hammer.


Public Service Reminder: Who not to Vote for…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, November 5,  2011

Without fail, candidates like the one in the cartoon show up every election cycle. It’s important not to elect them. Just doing my part…


Governor Snyder Wrestles with Political Reality…

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Press, October 29,  2011

Our governor, Rick Snyder, comes from the business world, not politics. It’s probably his chief virtue as far as Michigan voters are concerned. But the reality is that it leaves him unprepared at times. In this instance, a proposed second bridge to Canada at Detroit and a few miles from the existing Ambassador Bridge got bogged down and shot down in the state legislature recently. Some Democrats suddenly got concerned about neighborhoods near the new bridge (not that there hadn’t been plenty of time to raise concerns earlier) and many Republicans are basically on the payroll of the owner of the Ambassador Bridge (who obviously is very much opposed to the competition). Meanwhile, Canada is a little dumbfounded because they had already agreed to foot the bill to build the bridge. Yeah, I don’t get it either….