Friday, April 20, 2018

On The Flint Water Crisis: Activist Melissa Mays of Flint.

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Melissa Mays.

AND as the weather gets warmer and construction resumes to remove the pipes, heavy metals, bacteria and other contaminants can be released. Governor Rick Snyder, the MDEQ and Rich Baird KNOW THIS but felt Flint's safety and well-being is not worth spending the money on. I mean, THEY are the ones who chose to switch our water source, refuse tp treat it and ignore the RESIDENT'S cries for help & test results. I guess we should not be surprised that yhey ignore us now and put profit over people. They COULD pull from the Rainy Day fund because it's pouring in Flint, but that would affect the bond rating and we wouldn't want the investors on Wall Street to lose any money... they obviously are more important than the Flint residents the State repeatedly victimizes.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

On having no power for three days in Ypsi Town.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

A funny thing about having no power in your home for three full days...yeah, its rough, its cold, its dark, but its also enlightening. When the lights fluttered, flickered and finally went out early Sunday morn, it was kinda cool. You know...I went and found the small box I years ago stuffed with old matches, bic lighters, half burned and used candles and crappy little candle stick holders, and a bunch of flashlights, most of which didn't work. This would suffice...I thought.

 How long could the outage last? A couple hours, maybe? Well, a couple hours soon became a whole bunch of hours...and it was getting colder outside Sunday night. Oh yeah, it was also my birthday. I naively continued to think that at any moment the lights and heat would pop back on. Nope.

Sunday afternoon my wife and kids actually convinced me to play a board game. I don't typically enjoy board games but they all wanted me to play Beatles trivial pursuit, and as a true Beatles fanatic I agreed to play. Naturally, I creamed them all. Hmm. Still no lights.

Sunday evening it was dinner with friends at Los Amigos. Surely by the time we got home the power would be back, but you guessed it, no.

After dinner our friends stocked us with a REAL  survival stuff.. chargers, emergency candles, little censor light things, stuff like that..and blankets. Put my piddly box of candles and matches to shame!

Yep, Sunday night was cold!! Monday my wife headed out of town on a long time planned trip with a family member. Hey, I was thrilled for her..pretty much.

Listen, by Monday morning the novelty had already worn off... No coffee, no toaster, no oven, no refrigerator, no microwave, no shower. as for my two kids, they were mercilessly cut off from their computer games, video games, TV, and PS4. How would they survive, they wondered. Ok, they didn't actually say that but I could read their little minds. As for me, I'm a total news junkie...No CNN?! What would I do?! And the house was becoming an ice box, for cripes sake, but I had a plan.

After picking my kids up at school Monday and a brief stop at home, the three of us went to my fav Ann Arbor restaurant the Original Cottage Inn on Williams. It was a great time! Kids pasta for my daughter, chicken Marsala for me, and cheese bread for my son. Ok, I tossed back a couple Miller Lites...What?! There was no way in hell that we could hang out at home in a frigid house Monday night so it was off to game stop and then Barns and Noble. Coolness!

By 9:00 pm we came home to a dark, frigid and ccccold house. The previous night word from DTE was that the estimated time of power restoration was 11:30 pm April 18! Oy! It was late, it was dark, it was cold, but my daughter and I decided to play Stratego, an old favorite game of mine when I was a kid, by candle light at the dining room table.

The three of us, myself, and my young kids went to bed burying ourselves under thick protective layers of blankets, several of which loaned to us by the same neighborhood friends who had the for real survival stuff! My kids and I talked about what life must have been like over a century go before we had electricity in the United States.

Oh, let me tell ya, Monday night was a mean, nasty, dark, and bone chilling kind of a night! But, we would survive, I knew it!

Tuesday morning the thermostat was at a very brisk 46 and my 9 year old daughter was not happy...and she was quite concerned about the current state of mind of our cat Sirius Black. "Dad, Sirius is scared. His head is totally flat, his ears are sticking up and there are tears in his eyes." I weakly say, "Oh, he's ok."

Miraculously, on day 3 of no power, DTE trucks arrived to our little section of Ypsilanti, and by the time the kids and I arrived home after picking them up at school, (glory be!), the power was back on! Holy cripes!

No sooner than the lights and heat go back on, my daughter says, "Dad, I kind of miss the family bonding we had when the power was out."

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fire in bathroom Pattengill Elementary in Ann Arbor Wednesday morning: Students evacuated & school closed for remainder of day.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

At 10:03 am Wednesday a voice message was sent out to all Pattengill Elementary families that this morning there was a fire in a bathroom at the school which is located at 2100 Crestland Drive in Ann Arbor. According to the email  message sent out at 9:55 am, the school immediately contacted emergency firefighters and that they arrived to the school within minutes. According to the email from Pattengill Elementary all students were being relocated to their emergency safe location. All students were safely evacuated from the building, according to the school email message. As of 10:45 this morning, students are gathered at Temple Beth Emeth/St Claire Episcopal Church located at 2309 Packard Street in Ann Arbor. Parents who are able to pick up children are to come to Temple Beth Emeth and enter through the circle drive off of Eastover Place where children are being signed out, according to the email from the school.

Actually, my daughter attends Pattengil Elementary, and I have to say that when I arrived at the Temple to pick up my slightly shaken daughter it was immediately clear the entire staff and administration was doing an incredibly fabulous job of handling the disconcerting ordeal. The children were calm, and enjoying a movie when I arrived.

At this time there are no details about the fire or how it started. I did drive past the school after retrieving my daughter and I saw no visible signs of damage from the outside.

Stay tuned for updates.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Parents arrive at Temple Beth Emeth in Ann Arbor Wed to pick up their children at safe location.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Parola Perspective: On partisanship.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola, formerly of Flint Town.

I’ve argued for some time, that the extreme partisanship we have today lies at the feet of the Republican Party. Proof of that is the continuing support of moderate Republicans of their Trump enabling party.
Throughout history, politicians changing parties was not unusual. Today you can’t even get conservative pundits willing to consider that. This, while the far left insists the Democrats aren’t progressive enough

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Demonstrators Brave elements and March For Science in Ypsilanti Saturday

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Approximately 30 demonstrators braved the rather nasty weather conditions Saturday and participated in a rally and March For Science in Ypsilanti. Marchers gathered in front of the Mark Jefferson Science building on the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Several speakers, including Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds, and Midwest Regional Chair for NOBCCHE and Minority Affairs Michele Williams Harry, addressed the chilly march participants before marching to Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.

After the rally, hearty demonstrators marched briskly to Riverside Park holding signs which said, Truth in Science, No Science No Life, and Science Without Censorship Leadership Without Cronyism.

After arriving to the park, demonstrators gathered in the gazebo as mayoral candidate and Ypsianti city council member Beth Bashert, Research Technician Toya Ewing, Dave Strenski of Solar Ypsi, and others addressed protesters.

Saturday's March For Science was, as advertised, family friendly, peaceful and highly informative.

Stayed tuned... Word is there will be another March For Science in September!

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Ypsilanti Mayor Amanda Edmonds speaks in front Mark Jefferson building EMU.
Ypsilanti Mayoral candidate Beth Bashert speaks in Riverside Park gazebo.