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Senator Levin's Newspaper Articles
Senator Levin writes a newspaper article that is full of insight of a Washington insider, yet showing his compassion for the working men and women of Michigan and of Michigan families as they struggle in this economy.
Well worth your time.
From the Chair
Ramblings from Jess
Notes and observations by the Chair of South County Democratic Club on some of the key issues facing Democrats today.
Articles are newsworthy and relevant for all Democrats.
A Different Perspective
Dr. Furst is a retired educator from Andrews University and a good Berrien County Democrat. He graciously allows SCDC to post his "A Different Perspective" series of personal observations and commentary on our web site. Always informative, his "Perspectives" are well worth your attention. His articles are published in the Berrien Springs Jour nal Era.
Posted 27, 2012
Repeal the Emergency Manager Law
I spent last summer collecting signatures to repeal the Emergency Manager Law and have it put on the ballot to be voted on by the public. I feel that the people of Michigan have the right to govern themselves on the local level and make decisions concerning their communities. Not only was I concerned with the EM law’s ability to seize control of local governments and sell community properties. I was also concerned with its ability to take over school districts and put them up for sale. A couple of months ago in Muskegon Heights Michigan it happened, an Emergency Manager sold a school district to a private company. The corporate buy out of Michigan’s publiceducation system is now happening before our eyes.
Before starting to collect my signatures I made an effort to contact many State Senators and Representatives to inform them of my concerns for Emergency Managers to sell off schools and was told that would never happen. Now that it has I can’t help but feel that I was lied to and that they knew all along they just didn’t know how to answer me when I put them on the spot. If you include the Fracking issue it’s now evident that our entire state is up for sale and the EM law gives the Republicans the excuse to sell public services and properties to the highest bidder. I can’t help but believe that they are purposely and systematically destroying our fundamental rights to self govern on the local level in the name of corporate profit.
Michigan is the only state in the union that allows for profit education and the profiteers are lining up to get a piece of it. I don’t want the quality of my child’s education to be determined by a corporation’s profit margin. Is the prosperity of a small group of people worth the future of our children? I don’t think so. I spent last summer collecting signatures to repeal the Emergency Manager Law and have it put on the ballot to be voted on by the public. I feel that the people of Michigan have the right to govern themselves on the local level and make decisions concerning their communities. Not only was I concerned with the EM law’s ability to seize control of local governments and sell community properties. I was also concerned with its ability to take over school districts and put them up for sale. A couple of months ago in Muskegon Heights Michigan it happened, an Emergency Manager sold a school district to a private company. The corporate buy out of Michigan’s public education system is now happening before our eyes.
From the Niles Daily Star, August 2, 2012
Appalled at Unions' Endorsement
As a retired union member I find it appalling that two of our area’s most respected unions the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and the International Union of Operating Engineers would endorse and give campaign funding to a candidate that would openly support Right to Work legislation.
Labor unions built the middle class in this country and even though there is currently a campaign being waged by the GOP to annihilate unions working to protect workers rights. They still are relevant and are needed more than ever to protect the rights of the American worker. I find it shameless that these two unions have been reduced to the point that they feel it necessary to give money to a candidate that might possibly support them in Lansing but only if it is politically convenient. After Tuesday’s article I question
Mr. Pagel’s taking of the money if he knew that he would never support union labor or its quest just to exist in this ugly political climate. I seriously doubt that he ever had any intention of supporting them in any way and should give the money back because of his deception.
This funding could have been given to a pro union candidate such as Jack Arbanas who if elected intends to go to Lansing to fight for the rights of workers to collectively bargain. Arbanas is a candidate that openly supports the Protect Our Jobs Amendment and believes that organized labor is the backbone of the middle class. If organized labor wants to keep the union spirit alive in this country they have to stand up and fight to get a seat at the table.
From the Niles Daily Star
William Crandell: Raise your voice
On Aug. 7, Michigan will be holding its primary elections, and in my opinion, it is the true beginning of the election season. It is the time for the members of both parties to exercise their rights as Americans to make decisions concerning who will represent us and how the issues of our day should be addressed. Republican or Democrat, I encourage everyone to get out and cast your vote. Raise your political voice and start making a difference now.
In the 78th State District representative primary, there are two excellent Democratic candidates running for the nomination, Jack Arbanas and Gerry Welling. By going to their websites, you will see that even though they fundamentally disagree on the methods they both agree that certain changes have to be made and that our state is in a downward economic spiral that is not being properly addressed by our current GOP leadership.
They both agree that our economy in southwest Michigan needs to be rebuilt and together they believe that education and its proper funding is one of the building blocks of that reconstruction. By choosing one of them, you can demonstrate your support and participate in making a difference.
So if you would like to see changes in Lansing or Washington or right here in Berrien County and your local townships, it begins by coming out to vote in the upcoming primary. By deciding who you would like to see get the nomination and becoming more informed about the issues, you can start to make a difference.
The election in November will be one of the most important in this state’s history, and in some ways, the people who participate will be deciding the very nature of the soul of our state.
We all need to get involved; we all need to raise our voice. Michigan belongs to the people, and only our votes will prove that.
O'Brien the Best Choice
From the Niles Daily Star
For 25 years, Fred Upton has been representing the Michigan Sixth District in Washington. Consequently, he has been there making legislative decisions that adversely affected our country and our economy.
I believe, as many members of this district believe, that it is time to elect someone who is in touch with mainstream, middle class America to represent us. It is time to elect Mike O’Brien.
Unlike Mr. Upton who was raised with upper-class privilege as an heir to Whirlpool fortune, Mike O’Brien was raised by a single-mother and knows about the struggles women who are left to raise their children face.
Unlike Fred who voted to send the military into harm’s way, Mike actually served as a Marine and has first-hand knowledge of the men and women and their families, sacrifices and hardships as they face danger and work to protect our freedoms.
Finally, unlike Fred who has enjoyed a career in politics, Mike O’Brien has worked in the private sector and with alternative energy. He understands what those in the middle class and the mainstream face every day. He has the experience and understanding of how difficult the devastating actions of those in Washington have been for many in our country.
Mike O’Brien is the best choice to next represent us in the Sixth District. Take the opportunity to meet and learn more about Mike www.mikeobrienforcongress.com, then cast your vote for a true representative in Washington.
Posted 7/21/2012 Moved 8/4/2012
Pictured above is our office along U.S. 12 just south of Buchanan and in the background the picturesque -- nay, majestic -- Mount Buchanan. This is a rare view of the famous mountain since usually most of its higher regions are obscured by clouds. This is the southern view showing the highest peck, The Matter-Minks, a favorite of mountain climbers the world-round.
Ten pseudo-facts about this stupendous monolith you may not know:
(1) The native Americans called Mount Buchanan simply "The Big Phew;" the meaning has been lost over the generations.
(2) The early French explorers were the first Europeans to see Mount Buchanan and named it Mount Peppi La Pew after a favorite mascot that accompanied them. Historians have always wondered why they named it after a skunk.
(3) Geologists tell us that once Mount Buchanan lay at the bottom of a shallow fresh water sea, the ancient Lake Furst. This is based on the discovery of fossilized snail shells found near the summit. Geologist Vicki: "The evidence is conclusive, it is almost as if people discarded countless, countless home aquariums on this site."
(4) The mountain itself is a product of a giant uplifting caused by the movement of two large continental plates -- the well entrenched Republican Plate with is dull and lack-luster obstructionism and the newer, sharper, and dynamic Democratic Plate. Within time, the Democratic Plate will replace the older feature of the landscape. Dr. Vickie states: "It is just progress."
(5) Global warming has taken a toll on the glaciers found on Mt. Buchanan. Glacier Tina, to the east, and Glacier Edie, to the northwest, are both waning at the rate of several inches of ice a year.
(6) The fabled Fountain-of-Insight is said to be located in the foothills of our mountain. Legion says that one who drinks from this spring will be given intelligence and wisdom to make important decisions -- like voting. Unfortunately, the locals long ago dug up and destroyed this spring -- thus explaining why, generally, the region votes in ignorance and stupidity. It is said that a small trickle from this spring survives and, if nourished, will grow and once again the region will vote with intelligence and elect Democrats..
(7) Similar to the Buddhist monks of the Himalayan mountains, in the highest reaches of Mt. Buchanan are found the sage Berrienites, led by their sublime leader the Dahi Minks. People trek to this monastery high, high, high up in the mountain to seek advice. The trail begins at P's Cannoli Stand and winds its way over the Truesdell Ice Brige over the great Brown-Hahn crevasse and eventually passing the entrance of the Crandell Ice Cave. "Oh venerated one, what words of wisdom do you have for us?" "Always vote Democratic!"
(8) El Dorado, associated with gold beyond one's belief, is said by legion to be found under Mt. Buchanan. John K, David, John B and Robin tell us that one day Mt. Buchanan will be mined for the valuable store of wealth it contains.
(9) Like Mount Olympus in Greek culture, Mt. Buchanan is said to be home of a goddess -- the evil Tyler, goddess of Avarice, Waste and Consumption. A religious cult still survives and makes daily pilgrimages in specialized trucks to deliver tribute to this goddess.
(10) The region is very geologically active as an extension of the New Madrid fault system, which was responsible for the devastating Midwest earthquake in 1812, runs though the Mt. Buchanan region. Called the Republicus Fault, it has been responsible for many disastrous shockwaves which attack middle class, poor, and downtrodden people. This active zone is responsible for twin geysers which are as "faithful" as the one in Yellowstone -- Geyser Betsy and Geyser Vance.
Why I support President Obama
Last edited Sun Jul 15, 2012, 12:12 AM USA/ET
A longtime conservative friend replied on my facebook post about being a strong supporter of president Obama. She said, "I am asking in a completely civil manner why are you supporting this man?"
I support President Obama because he represents many of the ideals I believe in; fairness, compassion, service, love of family, patriotism, compromise and a love of country not blinded by slogans and political idealism. He is smart enough to realize things are not perfect in our country and we aren't number one just because we are the U. S. of A. He understands that dealing with the real issues facing this country is much more difficult than a Toby Keith song or a magnetic ribbon would lead one to believe.
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