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Opinion By: R. Al Bain
Protesters Greet Richardville at Lincoln-Reagan Dinner
As usual this negative press on Mr. Richardville was buried on the back pages of the Monroe Evening News (Sunday Edition) April, 17, 2011 page 6A with only a 48 word paragraph and not directed at Mr. Richardville which the protest most certainly was. Anyone who reads this paper knows full well that if this was positive press it would have been on the first three pages of this newspaper in detail.
What kind of journalism is this? Why were the protesters there protesting? Who were the protesters directing the protest against? What ever happened to the Five W’s of journalism, Who, What, Where, When, and Why? Clearly they chose to leave out a some of these rules!
I have first hand information on this protest against Mr. Richardville from a reliable Monroe County elected official who stated there were between 100 and 200 protesters not the 20 to 25 the paper reported and it was most definitely directed towards him! Why this newspaper continues to advocate and protect this elected representative should be called into question by its readers. This type of reporting is a disservice to those very readers who pay for this service and the citizens of Monroe!
The little blurb the Monroe Evening News printed is as follows: Crowd protests outside Republican dinner, Between 20 and 25 protesters staged a rally Saturday near the Monroe Golf & Country Club, where the Monroe County Republican Party was hosting the LincolnReagan Dinner. The rally was held Saturday, April, 16, 2011 near the club, 611 Cole Rd. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, was the keynote speaker.
The Tea Party’s Staying Power
The movement continues to evolve. Now there are groups meeting weekly to discuss policy issues and read history. They are working to hold elected officials accountable through elections. Others have joined Republicans in an effort to turn the party back to towards the ideas of self-governance and accountability. Gene Clem observes: “The biggest success, I think, was recruiting and installing new, conservative precinct delegates who now are having influence directly on the Republican Party. This includes electing a brand new Tea Party member to the Vice Chair of Grassroots in Michigan.” But not everyone agrees that political parties are the answer. “Those elected need to stand behind their principles that got them elected not for the sake of their party!” says R. Al Bain, a Tea Party activist. “It should be all about the constituents, period.”
Americans for Prosperity opposes New Bridge Public-Private Partnership
A pro-business, anti-government group known as Americans for Prosperity plans to launch a campaign Monday to oppose a new publicly owned bridge to Canada. Americans for Prosperity said the New International Trade Crossing would cost federal taxpayers $2.2 billion and Michigan taxpayers hundreds of millions more. Remember, if it’s making money it’s private, if it’s loosing money it’s public! If this passes it’s only because the legislators who would have voted in favor of it padded their campaign coffers with contributions from the lobbyist and special interest groups and you can take that to the bank!
Revised Pension Tax on the Table
For younger retirees who don’t qualify for exemptions and have paid no tax on pensions, the change could be a jolt: an additional $435 for every $10,000 in pension income. Our legislators are trying to fix the problems that they have created on the backs of the taxpayers! This will not create the economic activity they think it will. This is nothing more than broken promises from 2007 on the income tax rate, bait and switch, and corporate welfare all on the backs of the Michigan taxpayers. Along with still continuing the policy of picking winners and losers in the business community now they are picking winners and losers in the voting community by giving seniors the break because they are the ones who vote!
The Next Housing Bubble – The Perfect Storm?
What will happen to the American mortgage market over the next 15 years as baby boomers look to sell their homes or, at the very least downsize? The supply of for sale real estate will rise far more than the demand, pushing prices lower, especially for certain types of real estate. This will be particularly critical for boomers who are looking to cash in the capital built up in their real estate holdings to fund their retirement
Foreclosures rise during March in Michigan
Foreclosure activity rose again in March after a huge slowdown caused by faulty documentation for the first two months of 2011, according to data out today from RealtyTrac. In Michigan, foreclosure filings rose in March by 4.37%.
Michigan unemployment rate dips slightly in March?
More fuzzy math that Michigan’s unemployment rate edged downward slightly in March to 10.3 percent from 10.4 percent in February, according to data released today by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth. Let’s not be fooled here by a meaningless statistic, there are simply fewer persons collecting unemployment, many, many more are not looking, gone back to school, or settling for underemployment. How about the officials give us some honest statistics on these. Fat chance!
DTE to build 3 wind-power farms in Thumb to meet state’s renewable-energy requirement
This should help reduce our dependence on foreign oil? Yeah right! The three wind farms will be on nearly 15,000 acres and will generate about 110 megawatts of electricity. The wind farm is part of DTE’s plan to meet state requirements for renewable power. A 2008 law requires the state’s electric utilities to provide 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2015. A typical nuclear power plant produces 1,000 megawatts of electricity per hour. At 25 megawatts to 1500 acres for a nice wind farm of 60 to 70 turbines, you would need 60,000 acres and 2400 to 2800 wind turbines to equal 1,000 megawatts. Of course, these wind turbines only produce that much power when the wind is blowing just right. That only happens about 25% of the time, so you really need four times as many wind turbines and four times as much space to produce, on average, 1,000 megawatts of electricity per hour. So that’s, 240,000 acres and 9,600 to 11,200 turbines. 240,000 acres is 375 square miles. They are way too expensive and they don’t provide a stable enough power supply to rely on. By comparison, the Fermi nuclear power plant near Monroe, Michigan sits on a site of about 2 square miles and produces 1,150 megawatts of electricity 24 hours a day for 18 months straight. Then it needs to be shut down for a month for maintenance and refueling and it can go right back to making power 24 hours a day, rain or shine. They are even thinking about adding another reactor that will double the output of the plant on the same amount of land. Because of our lawmakers in Lansing and with the new federal regulations and mandates you can thank your elected representatives for the higher energy bills you will be receiving!
Town Bans Tea Party Signs in Public Park
A federal lawsuit claims a Branch County tea party group was denied the right to display banners and signs at a tea party rally at a public park in Coldwater because it was “too political” and “too controversial.” The Coldwater City Council then passed a resolution banning all banners and signs in that park. http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/14891
Coldwater Clarifies Tea Party Sign Ban
When the heat is on things have a way of changing! If we as a people stand by and take it our elected officials will continue with representation that’s not in our best interest. The legal counsel for the City of Coldwater said he anticipates working out a solution to the lawsuit filed by a tea party group that had its signs banned from a city park without going to court.
Detroit Considers 45 Charter Schools
How can this be when the Republican led Senate passed Senate Bill 926 in 2009 limiting Charter School expansion? The state-appointed manager of Detroit Public Schools identified 45 schools in the struggling district that could be turned over to private charter operators in a bid to improve student performance. Not to long ago a multi millionaire offered millions of dollars no strings attached to build Charter Schools in Detroit and was told to get lost!
Freddie and Fannie Executives Pocketed $35 Million In Taxpayer Money
Top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were paid more than $35 million in the past two years while the two bailed-out mortgage finance giants were receiving $153 billion in support from taxpayers.
There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.