"Greater Muskegon community, and to a lesser extent North Ottawa, have in the past tried to move toward consolidation. Why? Because it is perhaps the ultimate step to eliminating bureaucratic overlap, deleting repetitive jobs, enjoying serious cost-savings in purchasing and other combined functions, and positioning
unified government to make the most sensible planning decisions for the greater
good of the community"
Monday, February 28, 2005
"Every home, church, or corner store would produce more jobs and tax revenue if it were a Costco or a shopping mall, he says. If state and local governments can force a property owner to surrender his land so it can be given to a new owner who will put it to more lucrative use, no home or shop in America will ever be safe
Book Review: What
Went Wrong? by Bernard Lewis:
"The Muslim world's stubborn embrace of slavery further eviscerated its
predominance. He explains the religion's duplicitous regulation of the slave
trade. Islamic law stipulates humane treatment of slaves, but not surprisingly,
the policy was only sporadically followed. Mr. Lewis relates how it was Western
pressure that eliminated or at least severely curtailed slavery through Islamic
regions. Realized threats of reduced or cancelled commercial intercourse forced
a discontinuation of the brutal practice, but damage had already been done by
lost trade. The abolishment happened against the will of strict Islamic
adherents because as Mr. Lewis writes, 'From a traditional
Muslim point of view, to abolish slavery would hardly have been possible. To
forbid what God permits is almost as great an offense to permit what God
Raising Social Security taxes today will not leave a dime more to pay pensionsThomas Sowell: Random thoughts
to future retirees. Right now there is more money coming into the system than is
going out -- and the difference gets spent on other things. Higher taxes now
would mean a bigger excess to be spent on other things, leaving nothing more for
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Smell of hash browns will fill old building
In October 2003, the popular downtown diner was forced to abandon its long-standing location in the Medical Arts Building at Clay and Second Street, when the building was demolished for added parking for the Muskegon Museum of Art. The new location is two blocks east of the old one.
Smell of hash browns will fill old building
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Both from Democrat "royalty".
Both related to "Camelot" Presidents.
Both with prickly issues in their past.
Both with a compliant MSM tossing softballs so that any tough questions/issues won't be addressed until after the nomination, a la Kerry.
Both so far ahead in the polls that serious candidates dare not stand up to the Royalty.
Both had/have Hollywood frothing with hopeful glee.
Not a whole lot different from the MSM's love affair with the McCain-For-President pipe dream except the GOPers won't bite.
Serious democrats must be getting a serious sense of uncomfortable deja vu.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Andrea Levin in the Jerusalem Post highlights another journalistic
outrage, one that hasn't received the coverage and reaction from the television
network, France 2, that it deserves. Remember those pictures of a Palestinian
boy and his father cowering during a firefight in the Mideast. Remember how the
implication was that the Israeli soldiers had killed the boy. http://betsyspage.blogspot.com/2005_02_20_betsyspage_archive.html
Golly, I wonder how Bush would do against Spiderman. The Pope. A really olden times, dead Pope. Which Beatle would do better against Bush?
ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, NPR, CNN, E, MTV wouldn't surprise. I expect more from FoxNews.
ByTeresa Taylor Williams
CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER
When Mona Shores Superintendent Terry Babbitt gave an impassioned speech about the need to pass an upcoming millage to the audience at Monday's school board meeting, one would have thought he was preaching to the choir.
After all, the audience was comprised primarily of school district staff.
President George W. Bush, in his historic 2002 State of the Union message
that set the tone for U.S. foreign policy in this young decade, singled out an
"Axis of Evil" that included Iraq, Iran and North Korea. He did not mention
Syria, but he might just as well have made it four of a kind....
How will this all play out? Our guess is that Syria is right up there on the Bush hit
role in terror places it right in bull's-eye
They've taken in an enormous amount of money and it is all gone! Maybe we ought to address the phrase that "none dare speak" ...... What is the total compensation package (salary, benefits, retirement, buy-outs, etc.) that the teachers earn and how has it grown in the last ten years? If everyone is afraid to even address teacher compensation the cost of local education will continue to skyrocket. 61% increase/student in the last 10 years! and they're out of money?
Mona Shores measures would go toward school repairs, busing system
Sunday, February 20, 2005
By Teresa Taylor Williams CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER
Seventh-graders Molly Jensen and Jordan Tejchma say they are "embarrassed"
at the condition of their school. When it rains, many students and staff at
Mona Shores Middle School find themselves dodging drips from the ceiling, and
pails on the floors of several classrooms and in hallways. A couple of
ceiling tiles are turning black and moldy, like those in the choir wing and one
in Lauri Williams' eighth-grade English class. Tejchma said two ceiling tiles
fell in from the weight of rainwater in two different classes. "It's bad
because when other people come here, they probably think we can't afford a new
roof," he said. The 20-year-old deteriorating roofs at Mona Shores Middle
and Ross Park Elementary schools, along with new buses, are the big-ticket items
that school officials are asking the community to finance in the district's
millage proposal that will be before voters Tuesday. The middle school roof
alone costs $900,000, and school officials hope to spend $600,000 on new buses
over the next five years. .....
......In the past three years, the school board has slashed $3.2 million from the general fund, including more than 30 staff positions. Cutbacks have been the order of business for most Michigan public schools during the past few years. The last three years, school boards have been promised an increase in state per-pupil funding, but the amount Michigan schools receive from the state has been
stagnant. The cost of health-care benefits for staff is rising, and has
become a source of heated contract negotiations in some districts.
MonaShores measures would go toward school repairs, busing system
Friday, February 18, 2005
Tsunami Uncovers Ancient City in India
MAHABALIPURAM, India - Archaeologists have begun underwater
excavations of what is believed to be an ancient city and parts of a temple
uncovered by the tsunami off the coast of a centuries-old pilgrimage town.
Evens said the area needs more programs like those at the activity
center "to give kids an opportunity to find out who they are." Children "need a
lot more love and a lot more guidance."
say Y vandalism suspects are 'not bad kids'
Thursday, February 17, 2005
Already it begins. This can't be making the rank and file democrat too happy.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Howard Dean, the new chairman of the Democratic National
Committee, requested a media blackout of a debate with top Pentagon adviser
Richard Perle, then quickly changed his mind Wednesday after news agencies
"DNC Chair Howard Dean has declared a news blackout of his
appearance and requested the media not quote, record, and/or paraphrase his
remarks," event coordinator Gabrielle Williams wrote in an e-mail sent to news
agencies Wednesday morning. "We apologize for the late notice, but we were just
informed of this request."
Less than two hours later, Williams called to
say: "We were told just a few minutes ago that it is now open" for media
coverage. The decision to open Thursday's debate came roughly 30 minutes after
an inquiry by The Associated Press.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: AP - U.S. Headlines
"I have been trying, quietly, to force the editors there to address it - but
things have gone from bad to worse under the leadership of the new opinion
editor, Michael Kinsley, who replaced an African American woman, and now has
three men in the top jobs, and 90 percent men writing for his section. Need I
add that none of these men are from Southern California; Michael doesn't even
live here. "
Washington Examiner: Top News
PM: Debunking The 9/11 Myths - Mar. 2005 Cover Story
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Second Norton charter try had better be good
Sunday, February 06, 2005
The city of Norton Shores is getting ready for another try at raising its
property tax rate to a level where it can continue to provide basic services.
Although voters rejected charter revision once, and specific millage
proposals twice before that, city officials are planning to go back to the
voters this November for approval of a revised charter and a hike in the city's
8.2-mill property tax rate.
We know that no one really wants to cut
services in Norton Shores any more than they already have, and we commend the
city and charter commission officials for reaching out to the people in ways
that haven't been tried before. Second
Norton charter try had better be good
1992-1993 2002-2003 Increase
Expenditures $16,705,000 $31,673,000 89.6%
# of students 3558 4193 17.8%
$ per student $4695 $7553 61%
It seems like an accounting would be warrented before the vote passes
Legislature is the roadblock to state's economy
"What about other county libraries?
There was some of Greater Muskegon's special brand of provincialism at work in Roosevelt Park's decision last week to opt out of the struggling Muskegon County Library system.
Five of the city council's seven members apparently see better options,
including becoming part of a much smaller library district with Norton Shores,
headquartered in Norton's branch library on Seminole Road.
That might have advantages, financial and otherwise, for the people of Norton Shores and Roosevelt Park, such as "less taxes, better service and total local control," as Norton Shores Councilwoman Vicki Broge says. But it would cripple and maybe kill the rest of the county library system. ...........
We appeal to Norton Shores, one of the county's leading
communities, to recognize that libraries are one of the things that bind our
larger community together, empower its citizens, and better their lives. This is
the time for that city to show leadership, not kick their struggling neighbors
out of the lifeboat."