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If you’ve followed the string of crises that have stricken America since the crash on Wall Street, you’ve heard we’ve suffered a housing crisis, credit crisis, job crisis, debt crisis and a financial crisis that really set off the previously mentioned crises.
Three weeks ago, President Obama abruptly announced all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the year after the breakdown of negotiations over extending the Status of Forces Agreement.
“With just five weeks until its deadline, a secretive Congressional committee seeking ways to cut the federal deficit is far from a consensus, and party leaders may need to step in if they want to ensure agreement, say people involved in the panel’s work,” reported the New York Times. The secretive committee, officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, has come to the expected impasse. Its membership comprised of six Republicans and six Democrats, evenly divided between members of the Senate and the House.
The Students for a Democratic Society was a group of mostly college and graduate students who caught national attention for seeking idealistic changes in the United States in early 1960s. The group was concerned with combating entrenched racism, the nuclear arms race and economic inequality. Though overtly idealistic, the SDS has been credited with providing a foundation for the Civil Rights Movement and anti-war movement that has now become inextricably linked to the 1960s.
Ypsilanti’s City Council is trying to find ways to solve the city’s budget crisis, according to an annarbor.com article: “The Ypsilanti City Council instructed city staff to begin investigating a wide range of solutions to its projected $10.69 million budget shortfall. During a ‘free form’ discussion at a special goal-setting meeting on Tuesday night, council members each offered ideas and thoughts on measures to close the gap.”
It’s happening more and more. Something insignificant turns into a firestorm. You throw a stone into a river, and it floods the town. You spend $2,000 on a decorative phone booth, and people get really upset.
Is practicing rituals that are associated with your religious beliefs offensive or insensitive? When an Islamic mosque was built near Ground Zero, several people seemed to think so.
I have discovered something that’s become a modern plague in today’s society. Something so profound and disturbing, it has become the standard for the average Joe: complacency.
In a discussion I had with fellow columnist Neil Weinberg, I admitted I couldn’t tell him exactly what the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters were against, or what the desired outcome was for the demonstrations, but I did know they were protesting in the right place.
“Governor Rick Snyder plans to propose dropping the tax Michigan charges on each gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel in favor of a tax on the wholesale price of fuel, Snyder senior adviser Bill Rustem told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Juan Mann is not a familiar name. However, he is the genius – perhaps I use that word loosely — behind the adorable, “Free Hugs Campaign.”
It’s been a bad year for Netflix. A 60-percent price hike came out of nowhere and turned the DVD portion of the company into Qwikster and then back to Netflix.
Recently a student who already decided on a combined major with ‘Actuarial Science and Economics’ visited my office and expressed interest in taking mathematics as her second major. I encouraged her by highlighting that such a double major would be beneficial either to becoming an actuarial professional, or pursuing an advanced degree in economics at a top university.
America tends to be the land of extremes – from high obesity rates to radical political allegiance and the prevalence of corporate manipulation, the U.S. often sets the trends, as well as serving as entertainment for horrified spectators.
Steve Jobs recently passed away; his death garnering him favorable comparisons to the likes of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. I was struck by the rather numbing uniformity of praise for the mind behind Apple: brilliant, confident and, perhaps above all, an innovator. Looking past the seeming robotic feel to it all, the importance of innovation was help as a self-evident, sacrosanct value.
It seems as if we’ve always been having this fight, but it certainly flared up a little in the last year. Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan made headlines with Republican legislatures and/or governors taking big steps on education and public union reforms.
“A senior Senate Democrat released a draft of a sprawling revision of the No Child Left Behind education law on Tuesday that would dismantle the provisions of the law that used standardized test scores in reading and math to label tens of thousands of public schools as failing,” reported the New York Times on Oct. 11.
Eastern Michigan University has some budget problems. Namely, it’s short by about $4.6 million, according to an annarbor.com article. The article explains, “EMU Chief Financial Officer John Lumm told the EMU Board of Regents on Tuesday that the shortfall, which was reported at $1.7 million at last month’s regents’ meeting, had ballooned to $4.6 million by Sept. 15.”
Have you ever looked down on a woman for her sexual promiscuity? Ever believed rumors about her without knowing her personally? Do you think it’s amusing to call women sluts, and do you hold men to the same unfair standard?
This year is the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War – one of the most significant world-historic events of the nineteenth century. At the cost of some 600,000 lives, President Abraham Lincoln closed the final chapter of the American Revolution, extending freedom to nearly 4 million slaves in the process.