Category Archives: civics

Shedding light on shameful Sundown Towns


I feel ashamed to admit having grown up in the United States, garnered high school, undergrad, and graduate degrees, including a minor in history, and still didn’t know about Sundown Towns. Let me correct that, I didn’t know how prevalent … Continue reading

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Michigan’s absurd groundwater giveaway


While the good people of Flint still await safe drinking water following the horrible decision to change the city’s water source, our un-illustrious state leaders appear to be about to commit yet another environmental blunder that further tarnishes their role … Continue reading

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Resolve to be involved


If you are like me and are deeply disturbed and worried about the direction your country or the world community are headed, please consider becoming more involved in 2017.   There are numerous organizations doing good work at all levels … Continue reading

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The Great Lakes doomsday scenario pipeline


If you thought the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota was bad, boy do we have a doozy of one for you here in Michigan. A 63-year old submerged twin pipeline (Enbridge #5), that was built with a 50-year lifespan … Continue reading

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Most walkable core communities of Northern Michigan


Want to find some healthy walkability ratings for downtown areas in Michigan? Then head due north to the Northern Lower Peninsula and/or the Upper Peninsula. Below are listed 19 cities and towns with walkability scores of 60 or greater for … Continue reading

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You know you live in a resort town when…


Now that I have lived in a resort town for a year, here are some additions/corrections to my original post from 8/8/13. Some of these are semi-sarcastic, while others are all too true. It’s a place people want to come … Continue reading

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Major US suburbs with most murders


Some sobering statistics from the FBI for major suburbs in the United States. Nine of these 12 cities have seen a rise in murders over the 2015 data and this year has several months remaining. It is worthy to note … Continue reading

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