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Ypsi/Arbor Exit Interview: Mike Shecket

Today’s interview subject, Mike Shecket, has the distinction, I believe, of being the first person to leave Ypsilanti as a direct result of Obamacare. It sounds like bullshit, I know, but it’s actually true. So, if you were looking for one more reason to either love or hate the President, now you’ve got it…. Here’s […]

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This weekend’s many violent crimes, what they mean about our community, and how we should respond

While I was away this past weekend, it would seem all hell broke loose in Ypsilanti. An Eastern Michigan University student athlete by the name of Demarius Reed was shot to death in an apparent robbery on Friday morning, after leaving a party at the University Green Apartments, at the 700 block of West Clark […]

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City Manager Ralph Lange indicates that Ypsilanti is moving toward a hybrid police/fire scheme in which public safety officers will be expected to fight fires, save lives, pursue suspects and dispense lethal force

It would seem that Ralph Lange, our new city manager, has made up his mind that we should merge Ypsilanti’s Police and Fire departments in hopes of further delaying landfall of the category-five fiscal storm gathering on the horizon. He’s admittedly in a tough spot, and I’m sympathetic. He’s trying to radically cut spending, in […]

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Middle class Michiganders to pay considerably more in taxes despite the anti-tax rhetoric of Lansing Republicans

Reading an article in the Detroit Free Press this evening about how taxes are going up precipitously on working class Michiganders, I’m reminded of something that I wrote about a year ago for this site. Here’s how my post began. Why is it that we allow the Republicans to refer to themselves as the anti-tax […]

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Should Ypsi withdraw from the Ann Arbor – Ypsilanti Chamber of Commerce?

It’s been brought to my attention that, during Tuesday’s Ypsi City Council meeting, Pete Murdock will request a vote on a resolution to terminate the City’s relationship with the Ann Arbor – Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce. “To paraphrase the Governor,” said Murdock in a message that I received earlier this evening, “we are exercising […]

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