Here's my a.m. reading of online newspapers:
- Macomb County Comission chair Paul Gieleghem profile: Detroit Free Press profiles Gieleghem who holds one of the most important positions in the state. Macomb County is a bastion for automotive manufacturing and is feeling the pain of our economic meltdown. My question: Will Freep continue to cover him, the county commission and the important things they are trying to accomplish?
- 93-year-old Bay City man freezes to death: Marvin Shur was found frozen to death, according to the Detroit Free Press, in his Bay City home after the local utility company restricted his electricity use because of unpaid bills. The medical examiner said he died a slow, painful death. How many others are suffering in this cold winter because of unpaid power bills?
- Who should regulate tailpipe emissions-states or feds: Detroit Free Press editorial writer Barb Arrigo blogs about the difficulty of being consistent on the editorial page about state rights versus federal in promulgating laws of various sorts like the tailpipe issue. It's worth a read.
- One federal standard for tailpipe emissions: Detroit Free Press editorializes for one federal standard for tailpipe emissions and auto mileage standards rather than each state doing by themselves leaving a variety of rules for the automakers to meet. This issue affects automakers directly and thus Michigan.
- Mom arrested for punching out disabled son: Muskegon Chronicle reports about mom who punched her 11-year-old disabled son in the head in a doctor's office and then dragging him across the room. The mom has yet to be arraigned. Makes me wonder about the Michigan Office of Childrens Ombudsman and whether they're meeting their role to assure state safety net for at-risk kids is working.
- Township considers county for human resources: Pittsfield Township is considering Washtenaw County to perform its human resources functions rather than have a full-time staffer. According to the Ann Arbor News story, the township had a paid a person $98,000 to fill that role and now has budgeted $25,000 for the same function.
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