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I am disappointed in you, my fellow Michiganders

The people of Michigan had their chance yesterday to remove Rick Snyder and his administration from office. And, much to my surprise, they chose to given him four more years instead. I would have thought, given our state’s history relative to organized labor, and the conversations I’ve had with folks over the past several years, […]

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Checking in with Ypsi’s least favorite son, Tom Monaghan

The new issue of Businessweek has an interesting piece comparing and contrasting Michigan’s aging pizza barons, Tom Monaghan and Mike Ilitch. And, as it’s been a while since we’ve discussed Monaghan, who started Domino’s here in Ypsilanti in 1960, I thought that I’d share a bit. Tom Monaghan was once a billionaire. He owned 244 […]

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Tiny ripples of intolerance and hate begin to make their way through society in the wake of yesterday’s Hobby Lobby decision

On Monday, when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned that the high court’s Hobby Lobby decision would send our country careening into a “minefield” of complicated legal issues, she was absolutely right. Less than 24 hours after the ruling, which established both that corporations could profess religion, and that U.S. laws couldn’t compel them […]

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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Terri and Meghan Eagen-Torkko

Continuing our Ypsi-Arbor expat interview series, today we’re talking with Terri and Meghan Eagen-Torkko, who recently made the decision to leave Ypsilanti for Seattle. MARK: Before we get started, could each of you please state your full name, country of origin, and favorite childhood television program? TERRI: Terri Eagen-Torkko, Wisconsin, Saturday Night Live from the […]

Posted in Ann Arbor, Civil Liberties, Michigan, Special Projects, Uncategorized, Ypsilanti | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Wishing Fred Phelps a fond farewell from the newly gay-friendly Great Lakes State

Am I the only one who found it interesting that, within hours of hearing that America’s most infamous homophobe, Fred Phelps, had passed away, that a federal judge ruled that Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional? There’s a certain kind of poetic beauty in that, isn’t there? Congratulations to all of my friends who […]

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