My Insouciant* Town

My Insouciant* Town

Photo by Anthony J. Alaniz

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Behind the white picket fences
Of 1950 idealization
Lies a hatred for the powerless

It’s a not-my-problem attitude
Of unsavory boles of bigotry
Disguised as concerns about property value

The homeless are helpless
Freezing through a winter
As the powerful ponder if their town values people
More than property taxes

The elites seek delays
Entitlements to their apathy of the suffering
To make money instead of a difference

Meetings of the rich deciding the fate of the poor
Just to show them the door
After deciding they can’t help more

But hope is not lost on the deserted
As we fight a system rigged
To keep out those whose bank accounts
Lack the right figures for entry

*in·sou·ci·ant
inˈso͞osēənt,inˈso͞oSHənt
adjective
showing a casual lack of concern; indifferent.

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This will happen again, and again, and again

This will happen again, and again, and again

 Image by Robert Freiberger via Flickr

Monday, Oct. 2, 2017

What happened in Las Vegas was not tragic. It was expected, and expected violence can never really be that tragic. Yes, to those affected, the shooting is beyond tragedy—beyond the comprehension of human emotions. To America, though, Las Vegas is just another relapse of its habitual affliction.

What is tragic is allowing the expected to happen. Yes, the killer may have still been able to reach the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and open fire on concertgoers, regardless of any new gun laws and regulations, or mental health services being provided, but doing something is better than doing nothing. Trying is better than failing.

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Plight of the modern-day politician

Plight of the modern-day politician

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Politics is a nasty game of abdication. It’s most prevalent at the national level where Political Parties and career hired hands representatives vie for prime TV real estate to peddle lies to a deprived American audience hungry for any sloppy sustenance.

It’s been almost 43 years since Political Decency died with Nixon’s presidency when he was chased out of the White House by a bipartisan band of American heroes. Since, however, politics has become a game of winning. Serving the people has taken a back seat to who had the biggest inauguration and overt acts of voter suppression disguised as an investigation into baseless claims of rampant voter fraud.

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Adrian admin recommends no vote on marijuana with vague claims of opposition

Adrian admin recommends no vote on marijuana with vague claims of opposition

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Ahead of a potential vote Monday to change Adrian’s ordinance regarding the expansion of certain types of medical marijuana facilities, Shane Horn, the city’s administrator, is recommending city commissioners do not approve any new licensing opportunities.

In January, when the issue was brought before the commission, Horn said he didn’t think such much new revenue could be added from these types of facilities. His concerns then were about the cost of public safety, zoning and planning. However, part of the new state rules allows the city to charge up to $5,000 annually for a license to defray administrative and enforcements costs. This should assuage those earlier concerns.

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EMU administration whiffs opportunity to build bridges with concerned students

EMU administration whiffs opportunity to build bridges with concerned students

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Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

College is supposed to be an opportunity to learn, explore and grow as one transitions from a high school teenager to a young adult. New ideas blossom and unknown worlds are revealed. College is a place where mistakes are made, and lessons are learned under the watchful eye of professors and mentors. But at Eastern Michigan University, exploring one’s identity and making those mistakes has been meant with threats of criminal charges and expulsions.

Last Monday, a second racial slur was discovered on a campus building. Rightfully so, students, who already felt little was being done by the administration to address the previous incident, were upset. Days later, students took to the Student Center on campus to peacfully protest, occupying the building overnight.

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The Dangers of Lenawee County’s Economic Crimes Unit

The Dangers of Lenawee County’s Economic Crimes Unit

Image of William Hogarth’s ‘A Rake’s Progress’ 

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Debtors’ prisons in the United States were outlawed at the federal level in the mid-1800s. A string a Supreme Court cases in the 20th century further outlawed practices associated with such prisons; however, it left some power in the hands of individual judges as to determine who was indigent (to poor to pay) and who was willfully refusing to pay a debt.

That is a mighty power to have, and one that has led to allegations that some courts are running de facto debtors’ prison—such as the case in Sherwood District Court in Arkansas. The Arkansas Civil Liberties Union and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have filed a lawsuit alleging the court’s “Hot Checks Division” is infringing on citizens’ civil liberties and sending people to prison for unpaid debts.

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