Category Archives: Government

Preserving Ann Arbor

On Monday, June 1st, the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission will once again recognize those businesses and property owners that have restored and preserved their historic properties.   This annual recognition of  our heritage deserves more attention.  (The link will … Continue reading

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Advice for the candidate (circa 2014)

Every election results in winners and losers. I have worked for more campaigns than I can count, and I always found a way to celebrate election night – because someone I supported always won. Or because there is always another … Continue reading

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Take Back the Night (April 2)

In 2012, I was asked to be one of the speakers at Take Back the Night. I was honored. And dismayed – because really, nearly two generations later this ought to be a non-issue. It wasn’t then, it isn’t now. … Continue reading

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Should there be a conference center built downtown?

Conference centers have been proposed all too frequently in downtown Ann Arbor; they are an idea that continues to float to the top. About 30 years ago, a developer proposed a 22-story conference center and hotel for the Brown Block … Continue reading

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For the Council retreat

Although the Council retreat – Monday, December 10th – is ostensibly to talk about the budget, each member of Council was asked to prepare a 4-5 minute speech about “what they believe” about the future of the City. It’s the … Continue reading

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Midwestern nice – are you listening, candidates?

I grew up with this set of ‘rules’ about public decorum. I don’t always follow the rules, but still expect everyone to share my understanding. And so sometimes I answer the question I’m asked, instead of answering the questioner’s real … Continue reading

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It’s not Christmas

This isn’t really about Christmas. Bear with me while I think this through. Imagine you are 8 years old. You can read and do some basic calculations. And it’s October 1. Now imagine that the adults in your life hand … Continue reading

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Affinities and victories

On Tuesday night I went to five victory party locations — starting on the west side of the city, and ending up downtown, where I was able to park and walk to all my destinations. I tried, not completely successfully, … Continue reading

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To endorse, or not to endorse – is that the question?

Endorsing candidates is time-honored.  Soon after a candidate decides to run for office, s/he starts contacting people, asking for their endorsement. Endorsers are different from supporters or contributors.  Supporters work for you.  They put out your sign, knock on doors, … Continue reading

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How I learned about government

At my parents’ knee, of course.  But really, here’s the truth: I read Robert Heinlein.  And although others may assert that he was a Libertarian or a Republican, I think he was wise in his scepticism. For instance: “Are you … Continue reading

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