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After the financial crisis, if it was not clear that we live in a worldwide economy, it is clear now. Stories about auto plant closures have been replaced by hysteria over Greece’s debt burden and our own fiscal crises. Local unemployment rates have been put in the context of data from the International Monetary Fund. The whole affair can make local politics seem trivial. And even mayors with considerable celebrity like Michael Bloomberg of New York, Julian Castro of San Antonio and Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans can seem powerless.
Ron English proved me right.
The 24-hour news cycle circus is a great example of American idiocy. A cat on jet-skis juggling flaming chainsaws is not, and never will be, news. MSNBC has gone wide left, Fox News is pulling right, and CNN isn’t even in the stadium anymore. They’re somewhere between letters Z and AA in the back parking lot.
Two days ago, voters in three separate Michigan communities had the final say in deciding whether or not local police would arrest recreational marijuana users.
To stay with the theme of my previous column, published earlier this week, I would like to share a few TED “talks” for citizens of urban communities.
Mark Twain put it best when he was quoted as saying, “Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true.” His words emphasize just how powerful personal communiqué is against technology’s inability to properly convey our own complex sentiments and passions.
“Ideas worth spreading,” is the catchphrase of the TED (Technology, Engineering, Design) conference series.
You know what’s cool about new relationships? Absolutely freaking everything. All the chemicals in your brain conspire to make you stupidly happy and you get weird butterflies doing somersaults in your belly and so on and so forth. In those first few weeks, you get to know so much about this other person, and if you’ve ever dated two or more people throughout your life, you’d know that every boyfriend or girlfriend you date has a different approach to making you happy (or I guess unhappy in some cases).
“If you like your health insurance, you can keep it,” President Barack Obama said in 2009 and 2010 as he advocated for the passage of health care reform.
Halloween is a time for expressing yourself, dressing up and having fun. This year, many college students aren’t shying away from wearing costumes that will get their peers talking. But because of this, colleges have something new to be concerned about.
There is an epidemic spreading across America today. It has lead to senseless killings and fear mongering in ways that would keep George Orwell up at night cowering beneath his bed sheets.
What can we do in a democracy with the “1 percent,” or aristocracy? How can we preserve the values of freedom and equality when those with power and money are insensitive to others’ needs and bent on reducing everyone else to poverty?
The other day I talked over the city of Ypsilanti’s financial troubles with a classmate who said the city should simply declare bankruptcy like the city of Detroit.
The usual job of opinion columnists is to craft arguments that influence the views of our readers. We’re taught to always welcome readers who disagree with us because those are the folks whose minds we want to change. That’s usually how it goes. But not today.
Church is about fellowship with people in motion, not just the physical structure.
After my interview with Mayor Paul Schreiber of Ypsilanti, I’ve had to temper my enthusiasm over the city’s Master Plan.
There are those people in the world who make an impact on your life, just by hearing about them from other people or looking at the results of hard work they did to accomplish something.
I can’t recall the first time I saw or met Larry Cathey. But I can say one thing … I’d bet the ranch he had his Tigers hat on. Backward, as always.
A professor once taught me “Diversity does not equal equality.” I commend him for this, framing the idea of diversity in a way I have never encountered. There is a difference between the two and they rarely, if ever, live in harmony.
Violence has become a crucial portion of urban society. Violence has a tendency to be everywhere, even if we don’t exactly notice it. If you’ve ever seen it on the television, taken out “tangoes” on “Call of Duty” or subtly threatened your friend for having those embarrassing photos of you (seriously, that was not okay), you know just what I’m talking about.