Thursday, June 27, 2019

Parola Perspective In Brief: On common question asked by liberals in U.S. "If they can have universal healthcare, than why can't we?"

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Brooks Parola, formerly of Flint Town.
For years liberals have pointed to Europe and said: “If they can have universal healthcare, than why can’t we?” Now, at a point when large segments of our population are ready for some form of reform and universal coverage, these same liberals are unwilling to acknowledge that most European nations supplement government coverage with private insurance. Even in their calls for “Medicare for all”, they refuse to acknowledge that most people supplement it with private insurance.
Folks, I hate insurance companies with a passion, but I cannot understand how demanding that we get rid of private insurance altogether, demanding that millions leave their private plans, that they like, and can afford, gets us closer to universal care.
To me, such demands are not only completely unnecessary, but are a THREAT to achieving universal care, and a threat to winning in 2020.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Purple Walrus Press Alerted That Shots Were Fired Monday Off Michigan Ave In The Vicinity Of Michigan Ave and Hawkins In Ypsilanti: Unconfirmed By Police As of Tuesday Afternoon.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Monday afternoon, June 24,  Purple Walrus Press received information that shots were fired in the vicinity of Michigan Ave and Hawkins Street in Ypsilanti. The alleged incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. It is confirmed that at least one Michigan Avenue area business did go on lock-down at that time.

Tuesday morning, June 25, Purple Walrus Press contacted the Ypsilanti Police to confirm and gather information about the incident, but as of Tuesday the police have yet to Respond to PWP with  confirmation or information.

Stay tuned for updates.

90TH Annual Ypsilanti Independence Day Parade Coming soon.

Photo Purple Walrus Press.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Do you love small town Independence Day Parades? I know I do! Yes, our nation is deeply divided, stressed out and all kinds of mashugana (Yiddish for craziness) things are going on, but, hey, that doesn't mean we all can't kick back and enjoy a good old 4th of July parade, right?

The parade and celebration will kick off Independence Day at 11:00 a.m from the corner of Oakwood and Cross Street and will conclude in Depot Town at Rice Street.

Its going to be great. Don't miss it!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Michigan State Police Investigating Fatal Semi-Truck Crash On M-14 Monday: M-14 Expected to be closed Until Approximately 5pm.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a press release from the Michigan State Police received by Purple Walrus Press Monday afternoon, on Monday, June 24, at approximately 4:30 am, the Michigan State Police Brighton Post received a call concerning a semi-truck in need of assistance. While the semi-truck was parked on the side of M-14 Highway, a second semi-truck lost control and struck it. The second semi-truck rolled over and caught on fire. According to the MSP, the crash occurred on eastbound M-14, in the curved roadway section near Barton Drive.

State Police Officers were not able to make it to the cab of the second semi-truck, as it was engulfed in flames on its side and blocking all lanes of traffic. According to MSP, the driver is deceased and the identity not known at this time. The driver of the first truck sustained minor injuries.

According to the press
release, troopers are currently investigating the scene and M-14 is expected to be closed until approximately 5:30 pm.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Statement From Attorney General Dana Nessel: MSU Lacks Credibility To Conduct Reliable Investigation

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

According to a press release last Friday from the Attorney General's office, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following statement in response to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees’ decision to hire an independent investigator to determine how the school handled the Nassar case:

“Michigan State University lacks the credibility necessary to conduct a legitimate investigation. Over the past few years, it has launched several investigations including an ‘independent investigation’ conducted by Patrick Fitzgerald in 2016. Unsurprisingly, it has cleared its employees of culpability each time. There is only one way for MSU to regain the public’s trust and that is to waive its privilege and disclose all information in its possession about Larry Nassar to the Department of Attorney General. In other words, the University should leave the job of investigating to the professionals.”

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Statement from Attorney General Dana Nessle's Office On Dismissal of Flint Water Crisis Charges: Flint Water Prosecution Team Expands Investigation Based On New Evidence.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Flint Water Prosecution Team Expands Investigation Based on New Evidence, Dismisses Cases Brought by Former Special Counsel  

According to a media release received by Purple Walrus Press on Thursday, June 14, "the Department of Attorney General (AG) through the Flint Water Crisis prosecution team has dismissed without prejudice all pending criminal cases brought by the former Office of Special Counsel (OSC) in order to conduct a full and complete investigation. The OSC was appointed by former Attorney General Bill Schuette. The affected cases are listed below."

According to the press release, "There will be no response to any media inquiries until after Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy have had an opportunity to speak directly to the people of Flint.  A community conversation in Flint has been scheduled for Friday, June 28. Further details will be announced in the coming days."

Further, Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy issued the following statement:

“Legitimate criminal prosecutions require complete investigations. Upon assuming responsibility of this case, our team of career prosecutors and investigators had immediate and grave concerns about the investigative approach and legal theories embraced by the OSC, particularly regarding the pursuit of evidence. After a complete evaluation, our concerns were validated. Contrary to accepted standards of criminal investigation and prosecution, all available evidence was not pursued. Instead, the OSC entered into agreements that gave private law firms—representing Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Treasury, and the Executive Office of former Governor Rick Snyder—a role in deciding what information would be turned over to law enforcement."

“From the outset, our team seriously considered dismissal of all pending cases initiated by the OSC. However, we believed the people of Flint deserved expeditious action, despite the shortcomings of the OSC, and we worked to salvage whatever progress had been made. We were also mindful of the massive expenditure of public resources up to that point and sought to use taxpayer money as efficiently as possible. Nonetheless, we cannot provide the citizens of Flint the investigation they rightly deserve by continuing to build on a flawed foundation. Dismissing these cases allows us to move forward according to the non-negotiable requirements of a thorough, methodical and ethical investigation."

“Our career prosecutors and investigators have worked around the clock to conduct the kind of criminal investigation to which all citizens are entitled, regardless of their zip code. That begins with a commitment to obtain and review all evidence. By executing a series of search warrants, our investigators aggressively pursued an extraordinary amount of potential evidence not previously examined by law enforcement. This week, we completed the transfer into our possession millions of documents and hundreds of new electronic devices, significantly expanding the scope of our investigation. Our team’s efforts have produced the most comprehensive body of evidence to date related to the Flint Water Crisis. We are now in the best possible position to find the answers the citizens of Flint deserve and hold all responsible parties accountable."

“Our team has already identified additional individuals of interest and new information relevant to the Flint Water Crisis.  These investigative leads will be aggressively pursued. Additionally, we will evaluate criminal culpability for all Legionnaires deaths that occurred after the switch to the Flint River, which was never done by the OSC. 
“It is important to note that this voluntary dismissal by our team is not a determination of any defendant’s criminal responsibility. We are not precluded from refiling charges against the defendants listed below or adding new charges and additional defendants."

“We understand this decision will not bring immediate remedy or relief to the citizens of Flint, who remain victims of one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in United States history. However, we recognize the only acceptable remedy is the vigorous pursuit of justice, which demands an uncompromising investigation of the Flint Water Crisis and professional prosecution of all those criminally culpable. Accordingly, our team will move forward unrestrained by political motivations, prior tactics, or opportunities for financial gain.”

Friday, June 14, 2019

Corrected Public Notice From Mayor's Office Regarding Broken Windows of Three Ypsilanti Businesses.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Purple Walrus Press recieved this notice Friday, June 14 from the Ypsilanti Mayor's office.


On June 12th a message was sent indicating a BB gun was used in this incident.  After investigation it was determined a slingshot and marble were used.  Please read below corrected statement.
Last night, between the hours of 5 pm and 7 pm,  a driver, with a slingshot, shot a marble through the windows of several business. Nobody was hurt, thankfully, though customers and staff were inside the businesses at the time.
Police have a potential suspect, and are  confident the suspect will be apprehended.
The safety of our community is of vital importance to the City of Ypsilanti. It is not acceptable for our staff, residents, and visitors to be attacked while enjoying the amenities of this beautiful city. 
Senseless violence is a problem nationally, and locally. We must work together to stop this from happening in the future.
Together, we will keep moving forward!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

On The Flint Water Crisis: Attorney General's Office Dropped All Charges Against The People Involved In The Poisoning And Coverup Of The Flint Water Crisis: By Flint Water Crisis Activist Melissa Mays.

By Purple Walrus Press contributor Melissa Mays of Flint.

Just got a call from the New York Times that the new AG's office dropped ALL THE CHARGES AGAINST THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE POISONING AND COVERUP OF THE FLINT WATER CRISIS!!! I'm at my office filling out a disability application for a poisoned Flint child and all I can think about is justice for the innocent residents and how our lives have been permanently altered ESPECIALLY those who have lost loved ones... I want to scream and throw up because once again it seems that Flint Lives don't matter to politicians and Dana Nessel had better have a DAMN GOOD REASON to drop these charges and not even have the DECENCY to let Flint residents know before it hits national news!! 🤬 When will the disrespect and dismissal of Flint lives stop?!? When we make it stop. I think people have some explaining to do and Flint residents DESERVE some face-to-face time with the people who CONTINUE to make decisions ABOUT US, WITHOUT US. WE DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Driver Uses BB Gun To Shoot Through Windows of Ypsilanti Businesses Tuesday Evening.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown

On Wednesday morning, June 12,  Purple Walrus Press received information from the Ypsilanti  Police Dept that windows had been broken out in the 500 block of Cross Street in Ypsilanti on Tuesday evening, and that the investigation was on-going.

Later in the day it was stated in a message from Ypsilanti Mayor Beth Bashert, that on Tuesday evening, June 11,  between 5 pm and 7 pm,  BB gun shots fired by someone driving past in a vehicle went though the windows of several businesses in Ypsilanti, including Sidetrack Bar and Grill in Depot Town.

Police have a potential suspect according to the message from the mayor.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Congresswoman Dingell makes statement on more cosmetics being pulled from shelves for testing positive for asbestos

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

Dingell Statement On More Cosmetics Pulled from Shelves for Testing Positive for Asbestos
According to a June 7, 2019 press release, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) has released the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it advised Beauty Plus and Claire’s to recall cosmetic products that tested positive for asbestos.
“Asbestos in children’s cosmetics is simply unacceptable. It is so basic we shouldn’t need legislation to ban it but we do,” said Dingell. “Yet again, retailers like Claire’s and Beauty Plus are removing products from their shelves after asbestos was found in their cosmetics. This so despicable all of us need to be outraged, Congress must pass strong legislation so all cosmetics – especially cosmetics marketed toward children – contain proper warning labels alerting people of dangerous toxins.” This according to the press release.
According to the June 7 press release, Dingell introduced the Children’s Product Warning Label Act which requires all cosmetics marketed to children to contain a warning label that the product has not been evaluated for asbestos contamination unless the manufacturer of the product attests in writing to the HHS Secretary that the source is an asbestos free-mine, and that they demonstrate to FDA that the product is asbestos-free using the transmission electron microscopy method. 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Wonderful New Children's Book by George Yuhasz: Imagine That: The Magic of the Mysterious Lights.

By Editor Publisher Jeff Brown.

If you are a fan of children's literature and haven't heard of George Yuhasz, you'll hear of him soon, especially if you have kids. Imagine That: The Magic of the Mysterious Lights, written by Yuhasz, who resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, was released in April 2019 and guaranteed, if you pick it up for the kids in your life they are going to love it, heck, you'll love it, also.

The story revolves around a little girl named Evelyn who lives with her mom, dad, and a brother in a house with a large backyard. At night, before going to bed Evelyn likes to go outside in the backyard to look at the Milky Way and the Big Dipper and think and dream about other planets that are out there in the universe.

But, here's the thing. She has a secret. Evelyn has the ability to see flashes of light that streak across the sky at night that nobody else can see. Soon she will learn that this secret is a beautiful gift.

According to George, "I was inspired to write this children’s book by my granddaughter. Her fascination with the night sky and its celestial bodies was both infectious and provocative. This story was written not only as a labor of love, but also in response to the opportunity to celebrate the sense of wonder and awareness of young children." 

Find the book at Amazon and Barnes And Noble.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Michigan Chapter of Moms Demand Action Will Host Wear Orange Event in Ypsi.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

There is a wonderful and important organization called Moms Demand Action and they are hosting a wear orange event on Sunday, June 9, at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti as a part of the Wear Orange Weekend which follows National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 7. The organization demands action for gun sense in America.

The Michigan chapter of Moms Demand Action is organizing a rally honoring the lives of those affected  by gun violence and elevating gun violence prevention efforts in not only Michigan, but the entire nation.

Those speaking at the rally will include gun violence survivor Gwendolyn La Croix, whose son killed himself with a unsecured gun in 2016. Also speaking will be Ypsi City Councilman Anthony Morgan, Rep. Ronnie Peterson of the Michigan House of Representatives, District 54, Sheriff Jerry Clayton, and several others.

The event will be held at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti located at 515 E. Cross Street on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at 2 pm.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Flint Families can get nutritious Food That Limit Effects of Lead Exposure During Mobile Food Pantry in June.

Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

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

According to a May 31 press release received by Purple Walrus Press, all mobile food pantry sites distribute foods rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron. Food available in June will include rhubarb, plums, peaches, nectarines, sweet corn, potatoes, and watermelon. More than $300 million has been provided to help the residents of Flint, including this initiative. Food distribution sites remain open while supplies last. June dates by location are:
  • Calvary United Methodist Church, 2111 Flushing Road.
    • Saturday, June 1, at 10:30 a.m.
  • Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 Ballenger Hwy.
    • Monday, June 3, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, June 10, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, June 17, at 10 a.m.
    • Monday, June 24, at 10 a.m.
  • Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road.
    • Tuesday, June 4, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, June 11, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, June 18, at 10 a.m.
    • Tuesday, June 25, at 10 a.m.
  • Greater Holy Temple, 6702 N. Dort Hwy.
    • Thursday, June 6, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, June 13, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, June 20, at 10 a.m.
    • Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m.
  • My Brother’s Keeper, 601 N. Saginaw St.
    • Friday, June 7, at 10 a.m.
  • Flint Muslim Food Pantry, 4400 S. Saginaw St.
    • Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m.
  • Second Chance Church, 5306 North St.
    • Saturday, June 15, at 9 a.m.
  • Hispanic Tech Center, 2101 Lewis St.
    • Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m.
  • Luke’s NEW Life Center, 3115 Lawndale Ave.
    • Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m.
  • Urban Renaissance Center, 2505 N. Chevrolet Ave.
    • Tuesday, June 25, at 11 a.m.
  • Divine Revelations, 6815 Verdun St.
    • Friday, June 28, at 1 p.m.
Flint residents can also pick up free nutritional food at the three Flint Help Center locations. They are Bethel United Methodist Church, 1309 N. Ballenger Highway, open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays; Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road, open Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Greater Holy Temple, 6702 N. Dort Highway, open Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The three help center locations now have more proteins to distribute to Flint residents in addition to the produce that’s available at all locations. Along with the produce available at all locations, the three help center sites now have ground turkey and ground burger. This according to MDHHS.

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 call 810-239-4441.