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Whereas the railroad between Big Hill Rd in Sturgis, Mi and Snow Prairie Rd in Branch county, Mi., operating on an almost 15.5 mile, 100 foot wide corridor is being abandoned and we would like to preserve the economic benefit of keeping the corridor available for future, possible railroad use through the mechanism provided by the federal government called railbanking.
Whereas the railbanking process needs the approval and sponsorship from local town, city and county governmental bodies to be completed successfully.
Whereas selling this corridor to adjacent landowners or other private parties would benefit a very small percentage of the residents of the St. Joseph and Branch county Michigan area versus selling the land to a non-profit organization intent on developing a public accessible linear park called the Tamarack Rail Trail and benefiting all residents of the two counties.
Whereas the Friends of the Tamarack Rail Trail, Inc. is the organization formed for the purpose of acquiring the land and developing this linear park. It is a Michigan non-profit corporation that can receive tax deductible donations. It’s membership is 100 percent volunteer and is open to all interested persons.
Whereas the “Friends” will make every effort possible to accommodate or provide specific solutions to all problems that might arise or be caused by this public use and, in particular, individual concerns of adjacent land owners.
Whereas the trail will provide an alternate means of connecting Sturgis, Burr Oak, and Bronson. It can be connected to the Sturgis Non-Motorized Trailway system. It will provide health, educational, economic, social, and recreational benefit to all current and potential new residents of the two counties in a safe, natural environment.
Whereas the specific local cost to buy the land, estimated at $300,000, will be raised privately without any local government money contribution. This local cost amounts to $3.00 per resident of the two counties. Local governments only need to provide sponsorship of the railbanking effort in order to acquire the land. State and federal money set aside for park or trail use only will provide the balance of the money needed. No funds will be taken from money needed to provide necessary, regular local services.
Whereas the intent of the “Friends” group will be to acquire the land within the next two years and afterwards work on the development of the trail surface. The “Friends” will assume all liabilities and maintenance expense that go along with land ownership. If the “Friends” group dissolves, all assets (land and money) will be turned over to another similar non-profit organization, local government agency(s) or State of Michigan organization capable of administering the assets.
For years CPS/DHS has been in control of a database called Central Registry for Abused and Neglect. Before 1992 people were placed on this registry only for obtaining services and were never notified of the registry or the fact they were placed on it.
The rule was you would be removed after your child turned 18 or 10 years after whichever was the later. In 2004 it was put into an amended law that CPS had to notify the person placed on this registry via certified restricted mail, however the postal service will allow anyone in the household to sign for it. Also any case which happened before 1992 even though a hearing is in front of an administrative law judge the Director of DHS must have final say.
An audit done in Michigan on September 2010 came up with this conclusion:
"DHS had not established effective internal control to help ensure that it always added the substantiated perpetrators of CA/N to the Central Registry that DHS identified during CPSinvestigations (Finding 1).
DHS had not established effective internalcontrol to ensure that it completed and reviewed CPS investigations timely (Finding 2).
DHS had not established effective internal control to help DHS ensure that it prevented the improper expungement of perpetrator records from the Central Registry (Finding 3)."
"DHS had not established effective internal control over system access for users with the capability to edit key Central Registry perpetrator identifying information fields. In addition, DHS had not established effective internal control over the monitoring of edits made to Central Registry perpetrator information (Finding 7)."
Today is a sad day for the city of Holland, Michigan, particularly for one resident who was trying to help out his family survive. That family-dedicated resident is none other than 13-year-old Nathan Duszynski.
The reason why this petition was made for him is because he and his family are in a shelter after being denied from selling hot dogs from a mobile stand. You see, Nathan was trying to help his family to survive in Holland, Michigan because his mother and father are disabled. He signed up for his own food cart to earn some money. But the moment he started to sell at a local sporting goods store, City Hall shut it down. Now they have two different homes to cope with the parents' different disabilities.
The point is they shut him down because he was not connected to any business, but it was still unfair for him and his family. So, this petition is a rallying cry for signers, not just from Holland, Michigan, but from the entire United States and the world as a whole, to support him in on of these ways:
a) Convince at least one of the brick and mortar businesses to train him for a job within their premises.
b) Start a Kickstarter fundraiser for Nathan Duszynski to help him train to be a businessman and run a great business.
c) Convince City Hall to let him sell his hot dogs in a store and even hire others in hot dogs carts to spread the goods.
If everyone helps out Nathan to earn money legally, we will be a better world of people for all to see.
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Thank you for supporting Nathan Duszynski!
I am running for the US Congress because I feel I am the best qualified to serve in this role as part of my civic responsibility as a citizen of the US. I spent most of my working life in the service of my country as an officer in the United States Navy.
I am stepping forward as a candidate for Congress because, “If it is to be, it’s up to me.” I also believe, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke.
We Have Lost the Spirit of Participation in our Democracy I believe we have lost our way in America because we have lost the spirit of participation in our democracy and have outsourced virtually everything in our country - including our values. Nothing has been asked of us, except to “go shopping.” We abdicate to others the jobs of fighting our wars, paying our taxes, controlling our government and caring for the least fortunate among us.
We look inward to our own self-interest, instead of outward, to the best interests of us all. We have abdicated the role of “we, the people” in our government, to “we, the special interests, lobbyists, and the wealthy.”
We Have Abdicated Our Civic Responsibilities to Those Who Finance Re-election Campaigns Money in politics is a systemic corruption in our republican form of government. Benjamin Franklin, after signing the Constitution in 1789, was confronted by a woman outside the hall who asked, “What kind of government do we have?” “A Republic, Madam, if you can keep it,” was Franklin’s reply. In order to keep this republic, we must return to “one person, one vote” rather than “one dollar, one vote.”
I am an INDEPEDENT I am running as an INDEPENDENT because both Democrats and Republicans bow before the god of campaign contributions. The average congressman spends 75% of his/her time raising money for re-election, and whatever scraps of time remain, grudgingly represents his/her constituents. My incumbent opponent in this election is A PARTICIPANT in the scramble for campaign contributions that created our current dysfunctional government. He is a career politician who depends upon PACs and special interests for almost 70% of his campaign contributions. He consults you, the voter, ONLY when he wants to be re-elected. I am NOT a career politician. I will NOT accept any campaign contributions from PACs, special interests, the wealthy or corporations. My candidacy is an opportunity for you, the voters of the 8th Congressional District, to return to the truly representative government envisioned by our Founding Fathers. The alternative is to continue down the road of dysfunctional, corrupt government. With a “critical mass” of INDEPENDENTS in Congress who pledge to accept no campaign contributions and serve only 1 term, “we, the people” can break the hold of moneyed interests and lobbyists. But it is up to you, the voters of the 8th Congressional District to show the way. If you elect me to Congress, you will make US political history.
House Bill No.5711 will do the following:
-Criminalize all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, without exceptions for rape victims, the health of the woman or in cases where there is a severe fetal anomaly
-It would require health centers that provide abortions to have surgery rooms, even when they don't provide surgical abortions.
-It would require doctors to be present for medication abortions and to screen women for "coercion" before providing an abortion
-Ban "telemedicine" abortions, or the use of technology to prescribe medication for abortion services and the morning-after pill
If this bill is passed it holds the potential to shut down most reproductive health centers in the State of Michigan, which is not only detrimental to the health of women but also infringing on a woman's right to choose.
Synthetic cannabinoids have recently been linked to several high-profile criminal cases in Michigan. When ingested, the substances reportedly have effects similar to marijuana and can currently be purchased at gas stations, tobacco shops, and on the Internet.
Synthetic cannabis/marijuana is a growing and rampant problem in this country. In Michigan during the month of May, a man beat his father to death and put his brother and mother in critical condition while trying to get more money for synthetic cannabis. A grandmother shot her grandson due to his violent behavior that was a byproduct of synthetic cannabis intoxication. An 18 year old boy overdosed and was found dead on a beach less than a quarter mile from his home after smoking synthetic cannabis.
Sanilac County has seen a major increase in its consumption and the health ramifications due to it. The frequencies of problems caused by a multitude of synthetic cannabis products have been increasing rapidly. Drug designers change the molecular structure of it each time a law is passed to ban the previous chemical composition.
We must move to outlaw and ban all forms of synthetic cannabis.
Governor Rick Snyder or the Michigan Legislature may NOT appoint an Emergency Financial Manager over any County, City or other municipal body.
The elected officials that have been voted in by the people are the peoples choice and the government may NOT over turn the will of the vote of the people at any time.
I AM A SINGLE MOTHER LIVING IN MUSKEGON MICHIGAN. I FOLLOW ALL THE RULES SET DOWN BY LANSING TO GET FIA FROM THE STATE.
I AM SEARCHING FOR A JOB AND GOING TO WORK FIRST. THE STATE IS NOW TELLING ME THAT ME AND OTHERS LIKE ME CAN NOT GET AID FROM OUR STATE ANY LONGER. WITH THE ECONOMY LIKE IT IS IT IS GOING TO JUST MAKE CRIME RISE AND MORE PEOPLE HOMELESS AND KIDS HUNGRY..
With the fall of the auto industry and the nation in a recession, Detroit and the metro area has been hit the hardest economically, out of any region in the United States.
The nation's unemployment rate is 9.6%. Michigan's is a staggering 13.1%.
Summit Township in Mason County, Michigan has awarded a bid to a Muskegon contractor to design and build a 2,880 square foot Township Hall in the middle of Summit Township Park.
This would permanently eliminate the recreational area located between the restrooms and the tennis courts.
Save our park, save our green space.
Long term unemployed are desperately searching for work. Some have exhausted all unemployment benefits and are having trouble making ends meet.
People need work to keep them off the streets and keep them from being hungry.
Apathy among voters today is a major problem in American democracy. In the 1998 elections, only 36.1% of the voting age population turned out to vote, the lowest percentage since 1942, when America was at war. Even in a presidential election year, 1996, turnout was only 49%. This level of turnout makes building a thriving democracy difficult.
Lowering the voting age to sixteen can be a small but meaningful step in raising voter turnout in the District. A lower voting age, combined with a curriculum designed to teach young people about the political process can increase their interest in voting.
A lower voting age would provide:
• More enthusiasm about politics by the youth which would bring more awareness to nonvoting adults
• Active participation in the political process leading to a lifetime of voting
• A forum to encourage government to deal with the concerns of youth that are inadequately addressed
• Protection for the interests of the youth
• Partnerships between young people and adults which will allow both groups to be better represented by allowing a more accurate number of supporters
Adan Cruz Cabrera is my fiance and father of my son. He was detained on November 17, 2009 after taking a wrong turn while driving and ending up at the Department of Homeland Security.
Adan is NOT a criminal and he is a very hardworkingman, wonderful father, and giving, kind person. He doesn't deserve to be taken away from his family and his family doesn't deserve to have him taken away.
Within the past decade, great strides have been made in Chicano/Latino Studies at MSU. Some of the successes include:
A specialization in Chicano/Latino Studies was created for the first time, open to all students of the university to gain exposure and expertise in Chicano/Latino scholarship;
A unique mentoring program was developed, led by students for students, as a way to strengthen community and promote Chicano culture on-campus. Over 200 students have participated in the Chicano/Latino Fellows program since its inception;
A space for Chicano/Latino Studies was created, expanding from a one-room to a visible six-room office on-campus to support student social and academic activities;
A stand alone Ph.D. program in Chicano/Latino Studies was created, the first in the Midwest and only the second in existence nationwide;
An intellectual community of undergraduate students, graduate students, and core faculty committed to Chicano/Latino Studies has emerged, engaged in word and action to social justice and collective empowerment.
These accomplishments of the past decade, preceded by at least twenty years of struggle by Chicano students at Michigan State, are significant for at least two reasons:
First, there is now a greater institutional presence of Chicano/Latino Studies within the university;
Second and most importantly, these accomplishments reflect an intentional process by the former Director of Chicano/Latino Studies, Dr. Theresa Meléndez, to engage in principles of collective decision-making and mutual respect, whereby students and core faculty alike had a voice in the direction of the program.
For all of these reasons and more, it is unfortunate to have to come to you now and express that Chicano/Latino Studies is facing a crisis.
The demise of the program began after the appointment of Dr. Sheila Contreras as the new Director of Chicano/Latino Studies in the Fall of 2008. With the support and encouragement of MSU's administration, Dr. Contreras has single-handedly undermined the last 10 years of hard work and collective effort, primarily by refusing to listen to the voices of the undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Contreras has even been unresponsive to concerns raised by core faculty members since her appointment, her own colleagues in Chicano/Latino Studies.
After being unsuccessful in attempting to share our concerns directly with Dr. Contreras, the Real Chicano/Latino Studies (RCLS) was formed in the spring of 2009 as a symbolic expression of opposition to the direction and current leadership of the program. Subsequent attempts to share our concerns were taken to the Dean of the College of Social Science, where the program is housed, and after no resolution, to the Provost of the University. Despite the concerns repeatedly raised by the majority of all involved directly in the program, the administration of the University has ignored them and continued to support the Director.
We are, thus, writing you today, asking for your help!
CONTACT PRESIDENT LOU ANA SIMON and demand that Michigan State honors the students’ request for new principled leadership in Chicano/Latino Studies. President Simon can be contacted by EMAIL at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, or by PHONE at 517.355.6560. If you email, you can copy the State News at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poultry raising (particularly egg laying chickens) has been a long standing tradition in almost every part of the world for thousands of years. The practice is an environmentally friendly hobby with no serious negative impacts on neighborhoods and many benefits and positive results.
Many cities across North America have successfully and reasonably dealt with the matter of urban poultry and the Mayfield Township Zoning Board should adopt one of these well thought out models from another city.
In Ann Arbor, MI., an ordinance was approved on June 2, 2008, that allowed up to 4 hens to be raised with a $20.00 permit fee.
Property owners recognize the need for a degree of restriction to preclude the "runaway" abuse of the relaxation of zoning laws, however, limited "hobby" raising of chickens for personal use poses no nuisance to neighbors, when chickens are contained and cared for properly.
All we have here in Michigan City is just store and restaurant jobs and that's it.
What we need in Michigan City are more factories so that people will be better able to support their families.
And these college kids will have to go out of town in order to procure employment opportunities.
We need to procure more industry in this town so our young people attending college will have something to come home to.
And we need to procure better housing and employment opportunities for our most disadvantaged and destitute citizens of our community.
And we also need to obtain better housing and employment opportunities for our elderly and disabled residents as well.
Currently, visitation laws in the State of Michigan leave parenting time open ending for the non-custodial parent when it has never been used, only used once, or sporadically. ALSO-the non-custodial parent who has NEVER used visitation, still reigns over the custodial parent and children being able to move out of the state of MICHIGAN! Their permission is required! This is absurd and should be diminished when they don't see or know the children at their choosing!
See Me or Free Me Law is being petitioned on behalf of my astonishment of the State not setting a time frame where non-use or misuse would result in automatic forfeiture.
The current law requires the custodial parent to file a "Change in Parenting Time" form against the offender. I use offender the same as a criminal is labeled due to the detrimental matter at hand, a CHILD. On the other end of the millions of non-custodial "offenders" (who are allowed to abuse the right to see their child consistently), is a CHILD!
Every parent deserves a fair chance, but the allowed abuse and repeated come and go must be stopped.
America needs good citizens, quality in=quality out. Where is the protection for our children? We have to be the voice.
This petition is for the legalization of mini-bikes, off-road trail bikes, mini-cycles, and electric scooters on public roads in the state of Michigan.
This petition was started to help a beloved dance group called A.S.I.I.D. They originated from Detroit, MI, but traveled all the way to Los Angeles, CA to be on America's Best Dance Crew! Then they were stripped of their spotlight MUCH too soon!
We are trying to get people to notice that this phenominal group deserved more than 15 minutes of fame. Support ASIID!
The property located at 6829 Summerfield Rd. Temperance Michigan should be considered as a historical site. The property will be going up for sale and is at great risk of being torn down if we do not step in and urge the township to get involved with it’s preservation.
The Ina Duley Ogdon cabin, “deserving of preservation, was built on an old Indian trail now called Summerfield Road in Lambertville. Constructed about 1830 for Charles and Charlotte Phelps, it was remodeled in the 1860’s as their family grew.
Around 1920 hymnist, Ina Duley Ogdon and her husband purchased the cabin from Stephen Phelps as a summer cottage, but later decided to move here permanently. In 1930 a second cabin, owned by Henry Beck and built in 1865, was purchased. It logs were numbered, dismantled and moved from Ottawa Lake by Charles Friedly and Fred Hasen. Reconstructed as a wing of this lovely country home, the rustic log cabin portion was purposely left exposed.
Ina enjoyed the peaceful country living with its outdoor ponds and gardens, and her antique filled home. It was in an upper bedroom of this home that Ina Duley Ogdon penned a verse to cheer her ailing father. “Brighten the Corner Where you are” was sold (for $3.00) to the music director of Evangelist Billy Sunday, who set it to music and helped make it the most popular hymn of all times.
Ina would go on to write over 3,000 verses and two books in her lifetime. “
By Trudy Wieske Urbani (Town Historian)
You have the opportunity to preserve adult choice, defend small business owners and protect the jobs of hospitality employees by SUPPORTING AN EXEMPTION FOR LIQUOR LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS FROM ANY STATEWIDE SMOKING BAN.
Businesses that serve beverage alcohol for consumption on- premise and their employees will suffer severe economic consequences from total statewide smoking ban. Consumer choice will be eliminated.
PLEASE don't disregard the interest and concerns of those who livelihoods and adult preferences will be most negatively impacted by legislature's action.
Please let the citizens and business owners of Michigan have a choice!
This petition is for those who support retaining Flint Central’s current principal despite whatever other administrative personnel moves are made within the school system.
Principal Lynn Jenkins has brought a fresh perspective, a passion for education, and a commitment to high standards at Flint Central. Her hard work has impressed many students, teachers, parents, alumni and community supporters.
Principal Jenkins has led the installment of new academic enrichment opportunities and she has collaborated with supporters who raised thousands of dollars to continue existing programs such as the Model United Nations and the Madrigals.
As people who care about the future of our students, as well as about continuing Flint Central’s tradition as one of the region’s educational gems, it is clear that we need Principal Jenkins at Flint Central when the doors open next school year.
This petition is designed to be a show of support for retaining Principal Jenkins at Flint Central as the administration and board begin making decisions about next year’s personnel placements. Please sign the petition and continue to show your support.
The Jonas Brothers - what teenage girl or parent doesn't know they exist? The Jonas Brothers, made up of Nicholas, Joseph, and Paul (Kevin), are the wonders of the world. Girls scream while they play their hits including, S.O.S. and When You Look Me In The Eyes.
There are thousands of fans around the world. There's not single reason why they SHOULDN'T play in every United State's state? So why don't the brothers make a stop in Muskegon? The fan's aren't reacting!
Sign this petition to get them to your city!
The Democratic National Committee voted to strip Florida and Michigan of all of their delegates for moving the dates of their primaries up past the desired DNC date.
Particularly egregious is the fact that Florida's Republican controlled legislature tied the move up date with an initiative to have machines with voter verified paper ballots.
On the dates of the Florida and Michigan primary 5.2 million people turned out to vote. Their votes must be counted, fairly and accurately.
In a year that the last primary on the calendar will be as important as the first, every single voter should have a voice.
Much has been said by candidates in the Democratic Party Primary of utilizing Superdelegates and / or the seating of the Michigan and Florida delegates to provide a candidate with the required delegate count for election as the Democratic Presidential candidate.
This has been said while acknowledging that the use of such Superdelegates could go against the pledged delegate count, and thus the will of the Democratic Party Primary voters.
The seating of the Florida and Michigan delegates has also been proposed in clear opposition to the solution agreed upon by the DNC, and all candidates, to address the refusal of those two states to not move their Democratic Primaries earlier in the calendar year. This has been proposed by a Democratic candidate, despite the fact that, prior to the Primary, that candidate and staff members had previously agreed to the DNC decision to not seat those delegations.
The net effect of either of the above could serve to nominate a candidate in a way that would obviate the will of the Democratic Primary voters.
This petition is a way to serve notice to those in power in the Democratic Party and the candidates participating in this Presidential Primary that such tactics are viewed by the signers of this petition as a fatal breach of the trust of the members of the Democratic Party.
In particular, such a breach of trust is viewed as so serious that the signers of this petition would actively work to insure that such a candidate is not elected to the highest office in the land.
The most essential ingredient of democracy is in the expression of the will of the people by their vote. A presidential candidate that would subvert that will for their own gain, no matter what the claimed ideal, is not deserving of that office.
Hi, I am a substitute teacher and am really enjoying what I do. However, I can’t help but feel that the job is seriously underpaid. I currently make between $70 - $80 dollars a day depending on the School District that I substitute for. I have some figures (they are only approximations).
Amount of education required for a Michigan teacher: 6 years
Average pay for a Michigan teacher: $56,000 a year.
Amount of education required for a Michigan substitute teacher: 4 years
Average yearly pay for a Michigan substitute teacher: $14,000
Lets say that a substitute teacher has roughly half the responsibilities of a real teacher. I think that is a fair assumption. A substitute does not have to grade papers or make up lesson plans (only teach them). So a substitute does not take their job home with them. A substitute is only working during school hours.
So a substitute has 2/3 the education of a real teacher, 1/2 the responsibility of a teacher
but gets paid less than 1/4 the pay of a real teacher? I personally think a substitute teacher is worth at least half of a real teacher. It’s no small wonder that there is a shortage of substitute teachers. The education to pay ratio for a substitute teacher has got to be the smallest of any job in this country.
I personally believe that every school district in Michigan (and this country) should be required to take the average of their teacher's salaries including benefits and then pay their substitute teachers exactly half that amount.
THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD THAT DEPEND ON THAT STORE, SOME OF WHOM HAVE TO WALK TO GET THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS. THERE WILL NOT BE A WALGREENS STORE FOR ALL THE RIVERBOAT TRAFFIC THAT COMES THROUGH.
THERE WILL BE NO WALGREENS FOR THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN AND AROUND LONG BEACH. THE MAJORITY OF YOUR REGULAR CUSTOMERS WILL BE FORCED TO SHOP AT CVS WHICH WILL BE THE ONLY PHARMACY TO COVER OVER APPROXIMATELY TEN NEIGHBORHOODS. WHILE THERE WILL BE TWO WALGREENS AND ONE CVS ALL ON THE SAME STREET.
28. Ember's Chance
I want to make all vet offices in the state of Michigan to give treatment to an animal even if the owner is unable to pay at that moment. On July 17th my dog Ashley's Ember died of Organ Failure. We couldn't come up with pay till Friday (this was Monday).
She wouldn't have died if Vet offices would have given her the treatment with out pay until later. We had been searching for a vet office in our area to take her in for 3 days. She soon became lethargic and was unable to walk.
I soon (being only 15) begged my dad who is divorced from my mom to give us the money we needed for her to be treated. By the time that we got her to a vet she was far gone and we were forced to put her down.
So I ask that you sign to give all other animals the chance that Ember had lacked.
This is a petition regarding the inadequacy of free parking available in East Lansing, Michigan. Also, it is designed to address the frequency of parking citations given.
Urge State Representative Mike Lahti to introduce legislation to begin the process of amending Michigan's Constitution to define life as starting at conception, and protect all preborn children in Michigan.