Why Are We Helping Detroit?

Declining enrollment, staggering legacy costs, deteriorating buildings, state funding cuts and tough decisions to shut down neighborhood elementary schools. Welcome to Traverse City. And Detroit. And Flint. And Mackinaw City. As I write this, the Senate has passed legislation for a $715 million cash infusion for Detroit Public Schools...

Where to Invest? How About Northern Michigan

In an increasingly volatile and unpredictable global economy, investors these days are faced with difficult choices to the most basic of economic decisions: where to invest and grow their capital. With strained financial markets from the Far East to Europe to our own shores here...

Cherry Capital Airport: Changes in Store for 2014

Cherry Capital Airport: Changes in Store for 2014By Kevin KleinThis year a changed aviation environment emerged in communities across the country. Consolidations among airlines helped companies become profitable again in an industry rife with billions of lost revenue and bankruptcies.Now, regionalization is taking place as...

Low Taxes Do Not A Community Make

A good friend recently sold his parents' home in Grand Rapids as it became too much for his elderly mother to care for. The house wasn't on the market for a day or two before an eager buyer snapped it up at the family's asking...

Childish Arguments Close Door on Discussion

I am a Yooper, raised in Hancock. My dad was raised in Iron Mountain. My mother, though, was born and raised in Natchez, Mississippi. Growing up, our vacations meant driving to Natchez to visit Mom's side of the family. Ten minutes after seeing...