East Bay or the Middle East

Roads get worse; state legislators' inaction might create the Gravel Road State.The two main roads between my house and U.S. 31 appear to have been carpet-bombed. It's as if the maintenance has been turned over to the Wheel and Alignment Center instead of the...

Tuning Out The Ruling Class in 2013

2012 tired me out! Never before has my mind been so taxed, particularly during the second half of the year with elections, right-to-work laws, and gun control debates. Seems like everybody had something to say, and weren't afraid to raise their voice or go...

Honor All Work

Over 12 million Americans are unemployed. Many of them survive on benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers and former employers. Millions of other Americans have lost good paying jobs and now work part-time, or at lower paying jobs requiring little skill. Yet,...

Job Creation as a Marketing Strategy

Green energy busybodies have given up on science-based policy, opting instead to cloak their agenda in a job-creation campaign. One example is the 25 by 25 proposal that will appear on our Michigan ballot in November. It seeks to change our constitution, requiring...

Government Retirement Benefits

Government Retirement BenefitsAs public pensions come due, the question remains: Who is going to pay?College-age voters traditionally support Democrats, and in elections the game is getting your supporters to show up on Election Day. That's why part of President Obama's campaign is focused on firing...

What Are Unions Fighting For Today?

I want to respect labor unions. I want to feel pride, as a native of Dearborn, Mich., that I hail from a place where brave workers fought to pave the way for a better quality of life for generations to come. My pride, however,...

Do Federal Job Training Programs Work?

The U.S. unemployment rate has been at or above nine percent for 20 of the past 25 months, yet many employers say they can't find qualified workers. Workplace Magazine reports the top five industries with the largest worker shortages are: defense and aerospace, energy and...

2012: Embrace Capitalism!

2011 was not a good year for capitalism. Multi-millionaire filmmaker and one-percenter Michael Moore declared it a failure. Protestors occupied Wall Street and dozens of other cities and towns to demonstrate ...

Occupy Wall Street: Get a New Occupation

I am part of the 99 percent of the population who doesn't understand the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. They appear to be sick of corporate greed, angry at Wall Street bankers and bailouts, and really teed off about income inequality. They wave signs that say...

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Ombudsman

The Traverse City Commission, after eliminating a few staff positions in the new budget, may now create a brand new position: the Traverse City Ombudsman. All seven commissioners reacted positively to the idea proposed by Mayor Chris Bzdok - after all, who could criticize...