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The State of the Republic – An alternative view

By Mike Ranville “The President shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1. We are in the midst of that political season where presidents, governors and mayors deliver their annual State of the … messages. Originally intended to distinguish fledgling America from the British monarchy, the annual report to the people is now a staged political rally, each phrase in the message carefully weighed for its favorable impact on voters. Seldom is heard a discouraging word.               Armies of wordsmiths fashion meticulously-crafted litanies of accomplishments; real, embellished or fully imagined. Not surprisingly the message is often launched with an assurance that “The state of … is sound.”  In Michigan The State of … is not sound.  Approval ratings for the legislature are consistently low, and understandably so.  Two issues, from a list of many, help explain why; the corporate campaign money that drives the state’s political process, and the manner in which the will of the people has been relegated to little more than a clever turn of phrase to punctuate a 4th of July speech. Recent events illustrate the two are closely related.   While politicians in Lansing sanctimoniously rail against special interests —...

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VFW announces Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen winners

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer The Charlotte VFW Post 2406 hosted the VFW District 8 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2 to honor the winners of their 2018-19 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen scholarship competition. In attendance were special guests VFW Dept. of MI Commander Phil Patterson and VFW Department of MI Auxiliary President Sandy Medos.  The Voice of Democracy scholarship is a speech writing competition available to ninth through 12th graders who write and record their audio-essay. The program provides high school students a way to express themselves in a democratic and patriotic-themed...

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29th Annual Walk for Warmth is March 2

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer Capital Area Community Service’s 29th annual Walk For Warmth events are coming up soon, with Eaton County’s walk occurring on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the First Congregational Church in Charlotte. Registration for the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 11 a.m. Walk for Warmth is a three-mile walk to help raise funds for home heating assistance, with all money raised going back into the community it was raised in, to help households who are at risk of having their heat shut off. Friends, families, companies, and other organizations are encouraged to join in the walk or donate.  CACS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and has been helping the Eaton, Ingham, Clinton, and Shiawassee County areas with heating, housing, and more since 1964. Their main goals are to develop relationships with the community and bring assistance to low-income households. According to the CACS website, $52,516 was raised in 2015 through the walks, and $841,613 has been raised since the fundraiser started in 1991.  Two weeks before the walk on Saturday, February 16 at 4p.m, there will be a Chili Cook-off at the Charlotte Eagle’s Lodge across from McDonalds. From 5 to 7 p.m. there will be chili, baked products, and other foods available.  For more information or to donate, cacs-inc.org/walk-for-warmth or call (517)...

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Dairy Queen to open Saturday, Feb. 2

Crissta Ames Contributing Writer Charlotte Dairy Queen announced this week it will be reopening on Saturday, Feb. 2. The ice cream joint will reopen just days after Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a State of Emergency for the sub-zero temperatures and forecasted -50 degree wind chills.  There are more items available to purchase than ice cream, such as hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches, but with the weather warming up little-by-little, one might opt for a Blizzard. Their ice cream cakes will also be in stock on opening day, including Valentine’s Day cakes.  “We’ve never been open for Valentine’s Day...

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Charlotte Public Schools welcomes coach Bennett to Oriole football

The CPS Athletic Department would like to introduce its new varsity head football coach, Kevin Bennett. A committee, made up of community members, football alumni, current and former administrators, and a former football coach, participated in the final round of interviews and unanimously supported the hiring of coach Bennett.   Bennett is a very skilled and knowledgeable football coach who has experienced a lot of success over his career.  He has been a part of both 8-man and 11-man programs over his 12 years as a football coach. In addition to being a varsity head coach, he has experience...

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