Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Workers over 50 are the new 'unemployables'

This may be the new reality for persons unemployed over 50 years of age.  Caught in the middle of the restructuring of wages in the United States, people in my age group are hard pressed to get back into the labor market.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fans wear KKK hoods at North Dakota high school hockey game

What could have been going through the minds of the three fans in the stand that wore KKK outfits at a hockey game in North Dakota?

In this photo taken Friday, three people in the Red River High School student section wear Ku Klux Klan-style white robes and hoods during a semifinal game in the North Dakota Boys Hockey Tournament in Grand Forks, N.D.
                                                 AP Photo/ Shane Schuster

Did they think they could get away with it?  I mean, really, in today's world of instant media, they had to know that someone would catch them.  Also, if the story is right, other fans in the stand voiced their disapproval, thus compelling the three hooded fans to take off the hood part of the apparel.

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Detroit Not Quite Dead Yet!

A central theme of Chad Selweski's column in the Macomb Daily is that the neighborhoods can be razed for new development.

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Chad makes many valid points in his column, but each one raises new questions.  Just who will enjoy all these new amenities?  The neighborhood residents will be gone, so who benefits from this re-engineering?  Tourists?   Tri-county residents who are afraid to be in Detroit neighborhoods after dark? Corporations and developers who will then build housing along the outskirts of Detroit?  I think not.

Also, Chad mistakenly labels Dave Bing as an "honorable" man.  An honorable man does not negotiate with 38 unions for four months, have his top people sign a tentative agreement resulting in nearly $180 million in concessions, and then walk way by not presenting that concession agreement to Detroit City Council....how do I know....I was there, for every negotiation session and my signature is the second on the actual concession agreement.

As a native Detroiter, I volunteer, and challenge Chad ( and a few of his editors), to a daytime and night-time tour of Detroit.  This notion, affecting nearly 40 percent of Detroit's landmass) of "Consolidating the shrinking population into successfully functioning clusters of neighborhoods and turning much of the city’s ruins into ponds, pathways, parks, gardens, orchards and urban farms" is romantic but not going to happen after this year's district elections.

Bribing people to move into Downtown Detroit by offering offsets to mortgages and lease payments is working well for those who want to live along the rail route being set up by Penske, Gilbert, Illitch, and a few others, but creating a safe zone within Detroit will eventually backfire.  I commend those men for investing in downtown Detroit, and they are surely looking for the best bang for their buck, but their plans do not include or benefit the majority of Detroit residents, who will not leave Detroit for southern Macomb County enclaves like East Pointe, Warren, Centerline and Roseville.  There are some who will say that a rising tide raises all boats, but carving out exclusive, safe, resourced enclaves in Detroit does nothing for the residents in neighborhoods where services are being cut.

At any rate,  I will wait for Chad's response to my offer for a personal tour of Detroit.  You can see a lot better by visiting the city or Detroit than you can from the comfort of your North Avenue desk.  Give me a call.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pregnant Teen Wins Fight To Have Baby

This pregnant teenage girl fought her parents, who wanted her to abort her child.  She won her court battle, and will be allowed to continue her pregnancy.

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Pregnant Teen Wins Abortion Battle - Yahoo! News:

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

White Father Rejects Black Neonatal Nurses

Just when you think you have heard it all, along comes some foolishness right out of the 50's.

The white father of a white baby tells a hospital that he does not want a black neonatal nurse to attend to his baby...and the hospital cooperates!  This was not in the south somewhere...it was here in Michigan...in Flint.

This went on for a full month...even after the hospital's lawyer had a note removed from the chart that stated that no black nurses were to work on the baby.

There are some people out there that have no problem with the father's request.

They maintain that he is entitled to pick and choose the color of the person who would help his baby get stabilized.

What do you think?

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Lawsuit: Race-based request sidelined Michigan nurse - CNN.com: