Monday, March 19, 2018

March is National Colorectal Cancer Month.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to the MDHHS, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month offers a perfect opportunity to talk to your doctor about screening for the disesase.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 4,510 new cases of colorectal cancer and 1,670 deaths due to the disease in Michigan this year. Through colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether, according MDHHS.

“Adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for colorectal cancer,” said Dr. Eden Wells, MDHHS chief medical executive. “Unfortunately, many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk or they aren’t aware of the different testing or screening options. The importance of early detection cannot be overstated. Make it a priority to discuss the different testing options, including at-home tests, with your provider.”

MDHHS states that black people suffer disproportionately from colorectal cancer. In 2014 in Michigan, the rate of new cases was 44.54 per 100,000 for black residents compared to 35.3 per 100,000 for white residents. In 2015, the death rate from colorectal cancer was 19.3 per 100,000 for black residents compared to 13.2 per 100,000 for white residents.

Colorectal cancer risk increases after age 50. However, if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, talk with your doctor about starting testing before age 50. Many cases of colorectal cancer have no symptoms especially early on when it can be more effectively treated.

There are several screening options available, including colonoscopy and simple take-home tests. Many health insurance plans, including the Healthy Michigan Plan, cover lifesaving preventive tests. Check with your health plan to find out the details of what colorectal cancer screening is covered.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Parola Perspective: On Tyrants.

By Brooks Parola -  Purple Walrus Press.
I hate to say it, but I fear that tyrannical government is all the Russian people know, and therefore, what makes them most comfortable.
From the Czars to Stalin, to Putin, they’ve only known tyranny. They hated Gorbachev for all of the upheaval he created, but also, for being “weak”.
Then again, when you look at some of the people we’ve elected...Guilliani, Christie, Trump, we love the tyrants too, now don’t we?

Friday, March 16, 2018

U.S. Rep Debbie Dingell delivers opening statement at First Joint Pension Committee Meeting.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to the office of U.S. Representative Dingell, U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) Thursday delivered the following opening statement at the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pensions.

“Thank you Mr. Chairman. It’s an honor to be here with you and with Chairman Brown on an issue that is so important. 

“We do have a monumental task ahead of us. I have lived with these men and women for years who worked a lifetime and contributed money to their pension fund. They’re not asking for a hand out. They invested in their pension, thinking they would have a safe and secure retirement, and suddenly the system is not there for them.

“I continue to have grown men cry in my arms because they don’t know how they are going to live – they don’t know how they’re going to eat, what they’re going to give their families.

“So we’ve got to roll up our sleeves and get to work. This select committee was created for a reason. It was created because there will be an economic crisis in this country if we do not act on multiemployer pensions by the end of the year. It’s that simple. We’ve got to make difficult decisions, but I know almost everybody on this committee and we’re not afraid of tough work.

“John taught me, and his father taught him, that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. We need to listen. But by the end of the year, we have a moral responsibility to the working men and women of this country to figure this out and come up with a solution. And none of us are afraid of tough work.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Rally To Save Our Staff held on Eastern Michigan University campus Thursday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Roughly 100 Eastern Michigan University staff participated in a Rally To Save Our Staff  demonstration and march that was held on the University's campus early Thursday afternoon. Participants braved cold temperatures to voice their anger over what demonstrators believe are unfair staff cutbacks due to university budget constraints. The rally was sponsored by EMU AAUP. Rally participants chanted "Shame", "Bullshit", and "Chop from the top."

According to the Rally to Save Our Staff facebook page, "Top administrators at EMU are eliminating 60 clerical and technical and professional jobs." Participants in Wednesday's rally want to stop the cuts and, "Demand a new way forward for EMU." This according to the Rally to Save Our Staff organizer on their page..

EMU president James Smith recently stated that Eastern Michigan University is facing a $4.5 to $5.5 million budget deficit for the 2018 fiscal year. Smith attributed the need for staff cutbacks to a projected 2.5 percent student credit hour drop for the 2018 fiscal year, in essence creating less tuition and fees revenue.

According to a Jan 25, 2018 conversation with WEMU, President Smith stated, "If we did nothing from today going forward, we would be between four and a half to five and a half million dollars off where we need to be to make our budget work. In order not to be in that situation, which means you are literally drawing from the university savings account, which is not robust, we said we have to look at position eliminations, and we have to look at our spending around our supplies budget, our materials budget, and what we call SS&M here on campus." This according to a conversation between James Smith and WEMU.

CIT Tournament: Eastern Michigan socks it to Niagara Wednesday to advance in tourney

EMU's Paul Jackson hits a 3 pointer at the Convo. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The Eagles of Eastern Michigan University clobbered the Niagara University Purple Eagles 83 to 65 in the opening round of the Tournament Wednesday night at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. With a record of 22-12 Eastern advances to the second round of the tournament. I must add that I am shocked that Eastern did not receive an invitation to play in the NIT with such a strong win/loss record. Not to worry, PWP will look into it this atrocity. But EMU is thrilled to be selected to play in a post season tournament and hopefully raise a new championship banner in the Convo Center.

Back to last nights game..The Purple Eagles of Niagara, yes, Purple Eagles, didn't have a chance against our sharp-shooting EMU Eagles Wednesday. Redshirt Junior Elijah Minnie out of Pittsburgh, Pa scored a career high 29 points, nailing five beautiful high arcing 3 pointers. T'was a thing of beauty. Meanwhile, Junior James Thompson (Baton Rouge, La) scored 20 points and snagged 16 rebounds. Senior Tim Bond notched 11 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Most awesome. As I said, 19-14 Niagara didn't have a chance.

EMU was dominate on defense as Niagara shot only 35% from the floor. The Purple Eagles managed only 30 points in the paint.

As for Eastern's next victim in the CIT Tournament, we'll have to wait a bit and see, as the next opponent is listed as TBA. No worries, we can wait. When the next game is announced, you'll be the first to know.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.
Malik Ellison from Flint heads downcourt.
Tim Bond about to slam dunk
Elijah Minnie scores from inside the paint.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Tappan Players to perform production of "13 The Musical" this weekend: Prepare to be schooled!

By Editor and Publisher Jeff Brown.

Don't look now, but Ann Arbor's Tappan Players (Tappan Middle School theater students) are about to school us older folk on what it is like to be 13. The Tappan Players will be performing the musical production "13 The Musical" this weekend Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18 at Tappan Middle School in Ann Arbor.

The play is directed by Reilly Conlon and produced by Jenn Monk-Reising, John Reyes and Lisa Richardson. Assistant Director is Brandon Waldenmayer. Music Director and Band Conducter is John Reyes and the production is choreographed by Katya Palczynski, Colby Cesaro, Reilly Conlon and Lauren Kapnick.

But enough about the grown ups! If you want a kids perspective on love, divorce, adjusting to life in a new town, and everything in between, (yikes!) then you surely don't want to miss The Tappan Players production of 13 The Musical. It's all here, the whole schmere!

Catch "13 The Musical" this weekend!

Friday, March 16 7:30 pm
Saturday March 17 2:00 pm
Sunday March 18 1:00 pm

Tappan Auditorium located at 2251 E Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor, Mi.

Tickets $12.00 and children & seniors $10.00 available at

Ypsilanti High School students Walk Out of Class Wednesday Morning In Protest of Gun Violence/Solidarity with Parkland Florida Students.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Hundreds of Ypsilanti High School students walked out of school at 10:00 am Wednesday morning, March 14 in protest of gun violence and in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. Ypsilanti High School students joined a nationwide student led and student organized walkout intent on speaking out against gun violence in this country. Students locally and nationally are demanding sane gun law legislation and are speaking out against the National Rifle Association policies and politicians who accept financial support from the NRA.

After staging the walkout, Ypsilanti High students marched to Ypsilanti's Riverside Park to participate in a Rally For Gun Safety which featured numerous student speakers representing Ypsilanti High and other local high schools. Hundreds of students participated in the rally. Student speakers were passionate, powerful and eloquent as they advocated for gun control legislation and shared strong personal feelings and experiences regarding what it is like to grow up and go to school in a nation that is riddled with mass shootings that occur with frightening regularity in public venues and in schools.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Monday, March 12, 2018

NOW celebration for Women's History Month.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to NOW, in celebration of Women’s History Month, March 8 the Washtenaw County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Skyline High school NOW Chapters celebrated together “Feminism Across the Generations: The History and Future of Feminism in Washtenaw County”. The gathered group watched an excerpt of the film “Passing the Torch”, a Lilly Tomlin-narrated documentary about feminism in Michigan since the 1960s, and talked about the various movements over the years and how the Washtenaw County NOW chapter contributed.     
According to the March 8 press release from NOW, the older generation reminisced about boycotting Domino’s Pizza when it was under Tom Monaghan’s leadership due to the pro-life support and sexist policies of the company during his tenure.  They also recalled organizing for the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive justice, and equal pay. Members also took the opportunity to highlight the work of member Kathy Fojtik Stroud in founding the first safe houses for battered women in the area.
According to NOW, "Ashika Kumar, President of the Skyline High school chapter and a junior at the school, along with other members of the chapter, talked about the evolution of their activism, particularly in the wake of the 2016 election.  The students are organizing to support progressive political candidates and motivate young people to vote. The younger generation brought up issues such as ageism as they have tried to affect change and the importance of intersectionality - the need to be fully inclusive, in social justice activities." 

The National Organization for Women is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the United States, with chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. NOW seeks economic equality and an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will guarantee equal rights for women; champions abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women’s health issues; opposes racism; fights bigotry against the LGBTQIA community; and seeks an end to violence against women.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Representatives welcome EPA Action Plan to combat toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a press release from the office of Debbie Dingell, U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) issued the following statements today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an action plan to combat harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Dingell and Kaptur have repeatedlyurged EPA to take steps to manage excessive phosphorous, the root cause of toxic algal blooms, to protect human health and the environment.

“It is critical that EPA take action to protect the drinking water that 11 million people in Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes region rely upon,” said Dingell. “We have urged EPA to be more aggressive in combatting Lake Erie’s toxic algal blooms, and this action plan is a step in the right direction. However, we continue to believe that full remediation of Lake Erie requires an impairment designation by EPA. We will continue working with state and federal stakeholders to ensure communities have the resources needed to clean up these waters and protect the health of residents throughout the region.” This according to the March 7 press release.

"Though we welcome support from U.S. EPA to combat harmful algal blooms, this plan does not reflect the urgency or accountability we need in this fight," said Kaptur. "This first step must be followed by actions on the state and federal level to meet the plan’s reduction targets. Congress has provided one important tool for achieving these goals by funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Even still, the Trump Administration plans to cut GLRI funding by 90 percent. We cannot settle for the U.S. EPA having its budget slashed and hands tied leaving the Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who rely on them for water and commerce in the lurch.”

According to Dingell's office, In November 2016, Dingell and Kaptur sent a letter to U.S. EPA urging them to list the waters of Lake Erie as officially impaired. Last May, EPA accepted both Ohio’s and Michigan’s assessments even though Michigan had designated the open waters of Lake Erie as impaired, while Ohio had refused to do so. The Representatives reiterated their call for EPA to disregard Ohio’s determination. U.S. EPA now considers the Ohio assessment to be “incomplete.” Read the full letter here.

Today’s plan from EPA outlines federal and state efforts to achieve the binational phosphorus reduction targets adopted by the United States and Canada in 2016 under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Under the agreement, the U.S. committed to reduce phosphorus nutrient sources by 40 percent, according to Dingell's office.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Flint activist Melissa Mays on the Flint Water Crisis: Day 1405: No dignity for the victims.

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Melissa Mays of Flint.

Day #1405 in the #FlintWaterCrisis: No dignity for the victims.
Ok so rumor has it that 90 people per day are getting their water turned off in Flint. THIS IS INSANE. We pay the highest rates in the US for water that STILL causes rashes, bacterial infections and more. NOW you're going to try to take away what's LEFT of our dignity by forcing residents to use rainwater or melt snow to flush their toilets, or scrounge for bottled water to try to bathe. You say you want us off of bottled water yet you're forcing us to use it or go without?!?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!?! 50 people were shut off by 10 am this morning. Based off of WHAT? I was also told by a friend that she was laid off working for the Water Crisis because the State said the Crisis is over. REALLY?!?! Because we in Flint weren't aware of that!!! And based off of WHAT?! Your weak testing where you are NOT looking at the highest risk homes or properly identifying plumbing?!?! Seriously? The same people who LIED and said our water was safe while people died and inadvertently poisoned their families are telling us it's all good now? RIGHT. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Student led Die-In held at Liberty Plaza in Ann Arbor Saturday.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Roughly 175 people participated in a student led Die In and rally held at Liberty Plaza in downtown Ann Arbor Saturday, March 3. Ann Arbor Pioneer high school students organized the rally / Die In to honor the victims and survivors of the Parkland Florida shooting. According to student organizers, "We will commemorate the lives of the 17 students and teachers killed and we will protest gun violence in America by staging a Die In. Together we will demand action from legislators who have stood idly by while our nations children are being massacred with weapons of war."

The Die In / Rally featured student speakers and comments from Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor and Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift.

Participants in the Die In included not only local high school students but residents of all ages. Many participants carried signs stating 'I Should Not Be Afraid To Go To School' and 'Never Again.'

According to one student speaker who attends Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, "We are not old enough to vote but we won't be silenced." Skyline High School senior Liam Keaton addressed the large crowd stating, "Congress misrepresented the wishes of the people after Sandy Hook...Why? The answer is the NRA."

Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor and Ann Arbor Superintendent Jeanice Swift spoke before rally participants stating their full support of high school student gun violence protesters and pledged to support students in their quest for gun control legislation.

Members of the Pioneer High School choir performed as the event came to a close.

Purple Walrus Press fully supports high school students in Washtenaw County and throughout the nation in their brave and powerful movement to legislate strict gun control legislation.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.

Ann Arbor Pioneer student organizer.
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor.
Ann Arbor Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift.
Ann Arbor Skyline High School student organizer.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Flint families can get nutritious food at mobile pantry to limit effects of lead exposure.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for March at locations throughout Flint, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are announcing the upcoming schedule for mobile food pantry stops to distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Families in March will receive produce that includes apples and potatoes.

 This mobile food pantry is extremely important and necessary for residents in my hometown of Flint, as the entire city was poisoned with hazardous water beginning in 2014.

More than $300 million has been provided to help the residents of Flint, including funding for this initiative. Food distribution sites remain open while supplies last. Upcoming dates are:

  • Thursday, March 8, at noon – Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 1417 N. Stevenson St.
  • Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m. – Flint Muslim Food Pantry, 4400 S. Saginaw St.
  • Tuesday, March 13, at noon – Catholic Charities, 910 Chippewa St.
  • Wednesday, March 14, at noon – Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 Martin Luther King Ave.
  • Thursday, March 15, at noon – United Methodist Community Center, 4601 Clio Road.
  • Friday, March 16, at noon – St. Luke’s NEW Life Center, 3115 Lawndale Ave.
  • Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. – Hispanic Tech Center, 2101 Lewis St.
  • Thursday, March 22, at 11 a.m. – Fairhaven Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1379 W. Louis Ave.
  • Tuesday, March 27, at noon – Catholic Charities, 910 Chippewa St.
  • Wednesday, March 28, at noon – Richfield Academy, 3807 N. Center Road.
  • Wednesday, March 28, at noon – Salem Lutheran Church, 2610 Martin Luther King Ave.
  • Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. – My Brother’s Keeper, 101 N. Grand Traverse St.

This schedule is subject to change, and information about additional food distribution dates will be announced as they are scheduled.

For more information or to find out about any changes in the schedule, visit the Food Bank website at and find the updated schedule on the Mobile Pantry Distribution page, or call810-239-4441.
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Milan Area Schools receive Bomb Threat Monday.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Monday, February 26, Milan Area Schools received a bomb threat through an email stating that multiple bomb devices had been placed in multiple locations within Milan Area Schools.

According to Milan police, the Milan School District contacted the Milan Police Department immediately. Schools were evacuated and closed for the day.

According to the police department, students were evacuated to the Milan Community Center for release, or shelter awaiting release to their parents. The Milan Area School District is reporting 100% accountability of all students.

Currently, the Milan Police Department along with the Michigan State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms and Explosives are investigating the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.

All schools within the Milan Area School District have been searched by school administration, police officers and bomb detecting canines, and have been found clear of any threats, according to the Milan Police Department.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Parola Perspective: Police unions need to lead way in demanding assault weapons ban.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola.

 I keep wondering when cops are gonna get tired of being outgunned and join the rest of the sane world in demanding the return of the assault weapons ban.
Of course, that’ll never happen since so many cops are NRA members themselves. Folks, Rubio was right about one thing: It’s not just the NRA money, it’s how many of his constituents are NRA members.
If we cannot get enough NRA members to stop buying the NRA’s “their gonna take all of our guns away” hysteria, we’ll have an awfully tough time voting the Rubio’s out of office.
Why I keep saying it’s the sensible gun owners, and how about police unions, that need to lead the way on this issue.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Students in Florida stage school walkout protesting gun violence/Hold press conference at State Capitol.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Hundreds of students in Florida are holding a school walkout in protest of gun violence and are gathering in solidarity with survivors of the Parkland Florida school shooting which occurred one week ago. 17 students were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last Wednesday.

Many students are carrying signs reading #NeverAgain and are demanding gun control legislation. Other students are holding signs listing names of schools where shootings have occurred and list names of those who were killed.

Students throughout Miami Dade County, as well as, Broward County in Florida are participating in the walkout as of 1:30 pm.

Concurrently, at this moment, student survivors of the Parkland school shooting are holding a press conference, while students hold a massive rally in front of the State Capitol building calling for gun control.

Student survivors of the Parkland school shooting are speaking with passion, eloquence and poise as they desperately demand gun control in wake of the horrendous school massacre that took place one week ago at their school in Broward County. Among the many student speakers addressing the media at the press conference are Lorenzo Prado, Ryan Deitsch, Alfonso Calderon and Delaney Tarr. Each of these students speak with power, authority, passion and more importantly, they speak from the heart. Each and every student is expressing anger and frustration with the fact that the Florida state House Tuesday rejected a ban proposal on semiautomatic assault weapons.

I cannot begin to express how proud and supportive I am of these student survivors of the Parkland school shooting. Today I am watching high school students passionately and powerfully lecture the grown ups in this country on how to be decent human beings.

Congresswoman presses Postal Service on continuing issues with Ypsilanti mail delivery.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Tuesday, Feburary 20,  U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12)  pressed U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan on continued issues with mail delivery in Ypsilanti. According to Dingell's office, Dingell wrote to Ms. Brennan in January detailing recurring problems reported by constituents and city leaders, including long delays in pickup and delivery, periods where no mail is delivered for days at a time, and unresponsive and unreachable customer service. Despite written assurances from USPS that the problems are being addressed, Dingell has received more than 100 complaints from residents since her last letter detailing continued mail delays and other issues.

“This letter is to once again address the significant issues with mail delivery service in Ypsilanti, Michigan and to request that the U.S. Postal Service take prompt action to rectify the problems that the community is having in this regard,” Dingell wrote. “This is the third time that I have had to reach out to USPS on behalf of the Ypsilanti residents since 2016 and the second time this calendar year. Residents of Ypsilanti deserve to have timely and consistent mail service, and the magnitude and duration of these mail problems is unacceptable. Please provide me an updated assessment of the problems the Ypsilanti Post Office is facing as well as steps taken to address these delivery issues.”

According to Tuesday's press release, Dingell requested detailed answers to questions raised about the operation of the Ypsilanti Post Office, including staffing issues and the management of the mail delivery workload. She also requested a meeting with senior USPS staff in Washington, D.C. and a follow up meeting with regional USPS personnel in Michigan. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Community Forum on Student Safety to be held in Dearborn Tuesday Feb 20th.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), in conjunction with the SAFE Substance Abuse Coalition, State Representative Abdullah Hammoud and Dearborn Police will conduct a community forum tomorrowFebruary 20 at 7:30 p.m. to address the concerns of parents and families regarding the current wave of violence in schools across the country. This according to Dingell's office.

The forum will aim to educate the community on practices and procedures in place in Dearborn Public Schools to ensure student safety and address emergency situations, build coalitions within the community to make positive change, and discuss legislative solutions to keep our schools and communities safe. 

 TOMORROWTuesday, February 20, 2018

WHAT: Dingell to join SAFE Coalition for Dearborn Community Forum on Student Safety

WHO:  Rep. Dingell
            Hassan F. Abdallah, Executive Director, SAFE Substance Abuse Coalition
            State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud
            Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, February 20; doors open at 7 p.m.

WHERE: UM-Dearborn, Michigan Room, 19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Parola Perspective: Trump will do nothing against Russia.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola, formerly of Flint.
Interesting how the Russian indictments come down a day after the school shooting, and yet another opportunity for Republicans to tell the world they'll do nothing about gun violence. My take:
1) Trump will do nothing against Russia, because they helped him get elected, and can probably blackmail him, but...he's not the only one susceptible.
2) Much of the GOP is also susceptible since evidence seems to indicate that many of them have been financed by the Russians VIA the NRA Which explains why they won't do anything about Russia, and why they'll do nothing about gun control.
What did Deep Throat say? Follow the money. Folks, the entire party has been corrupted by Russian and NRA cash.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy on Florida School Shooting.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

 In a scene that has played itself out far, far too often in America, 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida were slaughtered at the school Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 15 other students and teachers suffered serious wounds, some remain critical.

Local, state, federal government and adults have left our children vulnerable to mass school shootings. This reality is horrific, yet Washington remains inactive in addressing mass shootings and instead has chosen ambivalence over the safety of American children and teachers.

There is, however,  one senator who is desperately attempting to legislate sanity into our gun laws in this country in effort to end these horrible school shootings that have plagued our nation for years.

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday in response to reports of an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“Turn on your television right now, you're going to see scenes of children running for their lives. It’s what looks to be the [18]thschool shooting in this country, and we have not even hit March,” said Murphy. “Let me just note once again for my colleagues: this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else. As a parent, it scares me to death that this body doesn't take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today.”
Full text of Murphy’s remarks about the shooting is below:
"As we speak, there is a horrific scene playing out at a high school in South Florida. Turn on your television right now, you're going to see scenes of children running for their lives. It’s what looks to be the [18]th school shooting in this country, and we have not even hit March. 
I'm coming to the floor to talk about something else, but let me just note once again for my colleagues: this happens nowhere else other than the United States of America. This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting.
It only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else. 
As a parent, it scares me to death that this body doesn't take seriously the safety of my children, and it seems like a lot of parents in South Florida are going to be asking that same question later today.

We pray for the families and the victims. We hope for the best."

Florida School Massacre: A letter from a local high school parent to representative.

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Dolly Tittle of Pittsfield Twp.

Dear Ms. Dingell,

I have two children in Huron High School in Ann Arbor, a junior and a senior.  They are involved in swimming and orchestra in addition to their day to day subjects.  This morning my husband made sandwiches for them and put the in brown bags for their lunch.  I drew hearts on their brown bags and wrote Valentine messages for them.  I told them how much I loved them and reminded them that God is love to go to school and love one another.  When they came home I had ordered take out and we all sat down at the table, gave thanks, and enjoyed a meal together.

Ms. Dingell, there were parents in Florida this afternoon who started the day like my husband and I.  They did similar things in the morning, but were not able to end the day like we did because our country allows rifles in the style of AR-15s to be easily available.  It's been almost 19 years since Columbine and we have still not figured out how to make it difficult for anyone to get their hands on these type of weapons.  Today's perpetrator has lived his entire life in an environment where school shootings or any mass shooting in the United State is received with great media coverage and no real change.  

Ms. Dingell, this is what I tell my children about gun control, if guns are banned, someone could still kill me with a knife or their hands, but they are going to have to work hard because I will fight back.  People with these type of weapons do not give anyone a fighting chance.  

In conclusion, I do not know what is this particular perpetrator's story, but I can say that the pattern that I observe in all of these terrible cases are people who are not well adjusted in society.  They don't feel included and are not feeling loved.  We can do our part as citizens to promote love, and compassion, empathy, and camaraderie to those who are not fitting in.  But please, urge your fellow representatives to do whatever is in their power to keep these true weapons of mass destruction away from our kids.

Dolly R. Tittle

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Parola Perspective: Heads of intelligence speaking before senate committee Tuesday.

By PWP contributor Brooks Parola, formerly of Flint, MI.

The heads of all of the intelligence agencies went before a senate committee today. In that hearing they stated:
1) Russia is continuing to interfere in our elections...Trump and the rest of the GOP don't care, and do nothing. FBI says, they have never received specific instructions from Trump to take action.
2) The biggest threat to our nation's security is the national debt...GOP is no longer interested in fiscal responsibility as the GOP tax plan clearly indicates.
3) FBI completely contradicts Trump administration's timeline on what they knew about Rob Porter and when they knew it.
Again, when will have a president (backed by a party) that cares about the sanctity of our elections, our constitution, our economic future, and American women?

Monday, February 12, 2018

Eastern Michigan University regents approve $15 million capitol budget that includes investment for improvements to academic facilities in the Science Complex and Quirk/Sponberg Theater building.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.
Friday, February 9, the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved a $15 million capitol budget for 2018-19. The budget will include investment resulting in improvements to academic facilities in the Science Complex, the College of Business, Quirk/Sponberg Theater building and renovations to student housing and information technology. This is according to Eastern Michigan University.
According to a statement from Eastern Michigan University, "The primary investments in the FY19 budget include:
Academic Facility Enhancements ($2.9 million): Projects include $1.4 million for a remodel of the fifth floor of the Science Complex to house lab space for the new EMU neuroscience and fermentation science programs.
The College of Business, located in the Gary Owen Building in downtown Ypsilanti, will receive renovations, including new flooring, at a cost of $750,000. The Quirk/Sponberg Theatre building, which houses the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts, will receive renovations, including windows and paneling, the first part of a three-year renovation, at a cost of $720,000.
Housing, Student Programming ($1.6 million): Five residential facilities will receive routine upgrades, including Cornell, Hill, The Village, Westview and the First-Year Center.
Technology ($2.7 million): Individual expenses include classroom technology ($780,000)  network/servers ($1.4 million), campus Wi-Fi ($450,000) and the Data Center ($88,000).
Safety and Security ($1.4 million): Planned enhancements include additional lights and cameras ($600,000), ADA sidewalk repairs and compliance ($450,000) and security fencing ($350,000).
Other Campus Capital Investment ($6.4 million): Projects include an asset preservation retaining wall for Ford, Boone and Pierce halls ($565,000), Rynearson Stadium concrete repairs ($400,000), infrastructure replacement and upgrades (approx. $1.3 million), fire alarm replacement ($870,000), roadway improvements for the new health center ($1.8 million), annual roof repair ($500,000) and contingency funds of $1 million to cover any unforeseen expenses.
The annual capital budget is in addition to three supplemental projects approved at the Dec. 15 meeting of the Board of Regents. Those projects include:
  • The renovation and expansion of Sill Hall, home of the College of Technology, in support of the University’s existing, new and future engineering and technology programs – which are a crucial element in furnishing skilled professionals for high-demand jobs in Michigan. The estimated cost is $40 million.
  • Renovation of the Rec/IM facility, to be initiated in summer of 2018. The extensive Rec/IM Building plan, which is a major priority among our students, includes a variety of upgrades that will increase the facility’s physical appeal as well as the range of activities, services and student wellness initiatives available. The estimated cost is $16 million.
  • Construction of a new building to provide contemporary sports medicine and performance training services. The estimated cost, which will be heavily supported by athletics fundraising, is $20 million."