A round-up of state editorials on the New Year.
Somehow, all this adversity has to become opportunity. And that is entirely possible. Why? Because more and more people in Michigan have stopped looking in the rearview mirror and started figuring out the road ahead. It has taken awhile -- and a lot of pain -- but we understand now that what was will not be again, and our focus is finally shifting to what's next.
Their prescription for the state sounds vaguely familiar... where have you heard all this before... wait, it will come to you...
That can be Michigan. Maybe not in 2009, but 2010 is not out of the question if we lay the groundwork this year.
By applying our vaunted work ethic to improving and expanding education at the child and adult levels so we have a population smart enough for the jobs of tomorrow.
By leveraging our health care institutions and world-class university system to make Michigan a center for treatment, cures, research and progress on the amazing frontiers of science and medicine.
By fostering the small businesses that are actually creating jobs and attracting the young, college-educated people that Michigan desperately needs to retain.
By using our natural resources and brainpower to truly become a center for the one thing, guaranteed, the world will need in the 21st Century -- energy from sources other than oil.
If you answered Michigan Promise Scholarship, the Kalamazoo Promise and subsequent legislation that will create more "promise zones" throughout the state, No Worker Left Behind, 21st Century Jobs Fund, Centers of Energy Excellence, MEDC recruitment and MEGA credits, the RPS, the passage of the stem-cell ballot proposal, and many other examples of how we are already doing all of the above... congratulations, you have been paying attention.
Cut taxes! Cut government! Fix the roads! Gee, and here we thought that maybe they learned something from last year. Or the year before that. Or the year before that. Guess not.
The trend for Michigan's future has become obvious. In almost every respect, it involves energy.
Very nice editorial. Grit, determination and common sense.
Michigan has always played a pivotal role in the events that changed the course of the nation. Every once in a while, particularly now, it's important to remember that.
Don't you love columnists that take some pride in our state, and provide examples of why they do so? That is why Peter kicks the rest of the Lansing's "chattering class" in the butt everytime he puts fingers to the keyboard.
Q: Mommy, will there ever be a black president?
A: Not till the day General Motors goes broke, honey.
— What my mommy might have told me, c. 1958
19 more days of Bush. Let's hit the ground running.
Happy New Year everyone!