Tag Archives: Conan Smith

This Thursday it will be explained to us, the people of Ypsi, why it’s in our best interest to stop marketing our community, and just enjoy the prosperity that will invariably trickle down from Ann Arbor

I’ve said about all I can say about the forced merger of the Ypsilanti Area Visitors and Convention Bureau and the Ann Arbor Area Visitors and Convention Bureau. And I don’t want to subject you to yet another rant about how, in my opinion, we’re being strong-armed into accepting a deal that would transfer the over […]

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The Ann Arbor News Does Not Speak For Ypsilanti, a rant from the sickbed of Mark Maynard

I’m in bed with a cold. My eyes are burning, I’m coughing up copious mounts of phlegm, and I’m grumpy as hell. And I know from experience that, when I’m in a condition such as this, I should probably refrain from blogging. But I’ve had a few swigs of extra-strength cough syrup, and I’ve convinced […]

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Apparently the all talk of a recall has had an effect on Ronnie Peterson, who at least temporarily derailed a takeover of the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau this evening

Going into tonight’s meeting of the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, I thought for sure there would be a vote in favor of closing the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (YACVB), and transferring the organization’s funding to a new Ann Arbor-based entity, where it could be put to better use promoting “the Ann Arbor […]

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Conan Smith says he and his fellow Washtenaw County Commissioners aren’t prepared to vote on merging Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti’s Convention and Visitors Bureaus; Will Potter on how the threat of terrorism has been used to quiet activists post 9/11; and Edgar Cayce making beautiful music …on episode 26 of the Saturday Six Pack

This Wednesday evening, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote on the future of the Ypsilanti Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (YACVB). According to most folks, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that our elected officials will vote to close the Ypsilanti bureau and shift their $1.17 million annual budget to […]

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Washtenaw County Commissioner Conan Smith on why he thinks the Ypsi Area Convention and Visitors Bureau needs to close, journalist Will Potter on the prosecution of activists as terrorists in the wake of 9/11, and the music of Edgar Cayce and His Guitar …on this weekend’s edition of The Saturday Six Pack

[My friend Caleb Brokaw, who is truly one of the kindest, most thoughtful people I have ever known, has cancer. And there’s going to be a fundraiser for him and his family Saturday night at the Blind Pig featuring a reunited Black Jake and the Carnies. While I’d love for you to listen to this […]

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