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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.
When George W. Bush first ran for president back in 2000, he used the phrase “compassionate conservatism” as a label for his ideas. I daresay if he were to run in 2012, his fellow Republicans would snuff out his campaign for using the word “compassionate.” Put simply, compassion is out of style with Republicans.
Ben Franklin said two things in life are certain, death and taxes. Unfortunately, he seems only half right these days. An annarbor.com article reported that the “Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission officials shared their vision for a new recreation center on Ypsilanti’s Water Street property at the Ypsilanti City Council’s meeting on Tuesday.
Five decades ago, the Soviet Union sent a man into space. The United States countered twelve years later by putting footprints on the moon. We orbited the Earth, launched satellites to the furthest reaches of the solar system, and built a space station in the heavens. Yet recently, our ambitious have slowed, the shuttle program was discontinued, and those footprints are quietly fading away.
The Occupy Wall Street protests have entered their fourth week, testifying to the deep-rooted hatred in the American working class for the country’s financial aristocracy. Conditions of long-term unemployment, rising social inequality, poverty and indebtedness have provided fertile ground for the demonstrations’ spread to scores of cities and university campuses across the United States.
This week I was somewhat dismayed by the items I saw on the Michigan Legislature’s agenda. They obviously didn’t follow the instructions in my column last week on repairing the economy.
Can boys play with dolls and girls like math? From the time we are born, we are all assigned certain roles and expectations based on our genders. This starts in childhood, when girls are praised for being cute and sweet, and boys are encouraged to be curious and rambunctious.
From 1920-1933, the United States instituted a prohibition on the sale, manufacture and transportation of alcohol. The measure failed in large part because it was perceived as arbitrary and unnecessary by the public. History certainly has a way of repeating itself.
At first glance, Eastern Michigan University’s ban of medicinal marijuana on campus might appear to be unfairly opposing the general public of Michigan. After considering the standpoint of the Board of Regents, it becomes clear why EMU has decided to follow in the footsteps of schools like Michigan State and University of Michigan by enacting such a policy.