Sunday, July 22, 2018

Election reform: PWP contributor Brooks Parola.

By Brooks Parola.

Folks, if you were smart, you realized after nothing was done to significantly avoid more "hanging chads" after the 2000 election, that nothing would ever be done. There are too many forces in our system who want to prevent, and manipulate our votes.
If we believe our vote should mean something, we must insist that election reform be a serious part of any party platform. The continued alienation of the voting public will not only continue to give more power to wealthy/corporate interests, it will likely become a dangerous situation for our country, far sooner than one might think.
A VERY angry, frustrated populace is prime breeding ground for increased hatred and violence.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Power restored to Normal Park Neighborhood in Ypsilanti Friday evening after yet another outage.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown

At approximately 3:30 pm Friday afternoon it was lights out for much of the Normal Park Neighborhood in Ypsilanti. It remained lights out until 8:30 pm Friday evening. Around 3:45 this afternoon the Ypsilanti Fire Dept responded to the field adjacent to the playground at Estabrook Elementary School off of Cross Street in Ypsi.

 At the scene I spoke to a fireman with the the Ypsi Fire Dept. The fireman told me that a wire had come loose and was dangling against a tree in the field behind Estabrook. The sparking wire ignited the tree causing a small fire. The fire was immediately extinguish by the Fire Dept and no one was hurt. The fireman said it was probable that the sparking wire and ensuing small fire caused the power outage in Ypsilanti, though he indicated that he was not positive.

Within an hour DTE arrived to the scene and by 8:30 pm Friday power was restored to the area.

Neighbors who live in the area expressed some frustration with the fact that there have been several power outages in the area over the past few months.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

On Trump's performance in Helsinki Monday: PWP contributor Brooks Parola.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Brooks Parola formerly of Flint.

I guess I have mixed feelings about all this. On the one hand, of course we have a right to be outraged over Trump's performance in Helsinki today, (and I am outraged) and yet on the other hand, is anyone who's got a clue surprised by it?
I mean, what did those of us who KNOW that Trump is Putin's lackey expect? That he would actually stand there next to him, and have the balls to call him out?
Folks, a pee-pee tape is probably the tamest thing Putin has on Trump. Trump is deathly afraid of him, and with very good reason...Putin likes to kill people.
But, back to my feelings. In a way, I'm a bit happy(?) relieved(?) especially when you see even FOX condemning him. This meeting, coming only days after the Russian indictments, forced him to call out Putin in a big way. We really should not have been surprised that he didn't; especially when he didn't cancel the meeting soon after the indictments were handed down.
But in refusing to cancel the meeting he put himself in this position. A position of having to choose between Putin, and the United States...BEFORE THE WORLD!!
Well, he made his choice, and the world is outraged, and yes...I'm rather happy about that.
This could very well be a turning point.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

On Lawrence O'Donnell comparing Friday's indictment with Watergate: By PWP contributor Brooks Parola.

Brooks Parola:  PWP.

Lawrence O'Donnell comparing Friday's indictment's with Watergate. Big difference? In 1974 you had Barry Goldwater and other top GOP leaders going to the WH and telling Nixon, the jig was up. Either he resigns, or a whole bunch of members of his own party would vote to impeach him.
Today we have Trey Gowdy, Louie Gohmert, Jim Jordan, et al, working with FOX to attack and undermine Mueller and the FBI at every turn...unbelievable...

Friday, July 13, 2018

Ann Arbor based Wild Swan Theater & Synergy On Stage seeking actors and ASL Interpreters for 39th season.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Are you interested in acting? If you are then by all means, keep reading! Ann Arbor based Wild Swan Theater & Synergy On Stage are looking for actors and ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreters for their 39th season. Actors will be considered for roles in Wild Swan Theater's original versions of A Christmas Carol to be performed in December 2018, a collection of African folktales, Under the African Sky to be performed in February 2019, and the classic story Charlotte's Web, which will be performed in May, 2019. The company is interested in culturally diverse casting.

ASL Interpreters will be considered for Wild Swan Theater's production of A Christmas Carol, Shipwrecked - performance in March 7-9, 2019, Jack and the Beanstalk-performance March 20-23, 2019 and Charlottes Web.

Those who land roles in these productions will be payed $75 per performance. Not too shabby! Maybe I'll try out for a role myself! Naa, I don't think I have the skills, but you should!!

You need to have an appointment and they can be made by calling 734-995-0530 or emailing Michelle Trame Lanzi - Company Manager at For more info about Synergy On Stage vist

Wild Swan Theater is a professional, non equity theater company that produces and performs family geared productions. The theater company performs 175 shows a year in Ann Arbor and across the state. Synergy On Stage provides ASL Interpreters for the majority of Wild Swan productions.