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I Love The Eighth Street Changes I read the letter in the 4/13 paper about not liking the Eighth Street changes, and it spurred me to let you know that I do like the Eighth Street changes, as do many of my neighboring residents.

Michigan Taxes Equal Uncompetitive State Michigan has been losing population. According to the eighth edition of the “Rich States, Poor States” report released by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), states with low taxes have been gaining population.

“Déjà Vu, All Over Again!” Sometimes that Yogi Berra quote is pitch perfect.  Back in 1993, Michigan’s roads were falling apart. Governor Engler refused to raise motor fuel taxes -- he issued bonds instead and kicked that problem down the road.

No To Fracking I would like to respond to the article in the Apr 27th issue regarding fracking.

Find Something Better Our politicians in Lansing love to talk about “no more taxes.” I agree that they seem to be against any new taxes on the very wealthy and businesses, but seem to have no problem increasing taxes on the poor and the middle class.

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Medical marijuana meeting

Staff Reports - August 19th, 2004
Medical marijuana meeting
Laura and Matthew Barber, who are at the center of a medical marijuana case in Traverse City, are planning an informational meeting/fundraiser at their home this Sunday, Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. to share their story with the public.
Matthew is a multiple sclerosis patient and Gulf War veteran who says he was told by a neurologist that smoking marijuana could be helpful in controlling the spasms and pain of his disease. He and his wife Laura feel that the continued use of marijuana is a matter of life and death in his case, and have vowed to keep smoking the herb.
The event will include a number of prominent speakers, including local attorney and civil rights advocate Dean Robb; Tim Beck of the Detroit Coalition for Compassionate Care, which has placed a medical marijuana iinitiative on Detroit’s ballot; members of the national NORML organization; and Melody Karr of the Cannabis Action Network, among others.
Laura Barber says the couple is getting by on a minimal budget drawn from her small landscaping company and Matthew’s Army pension. Meeting legal and medical bills has been an overwhelming concern. “I’m working two jobs trying to keep us afloat,” she says. “Matthew and I have been through awful times these past two years. We’re not rich people by any means, we’re just average Americans trying to get by on an Army pension.”
The public is invited to attend the meeting at their home at 2802 Holiday Pines Road off 5 Mile in Traverse City.

Fixer Upper
Providing tax incentives to redevelop rundown neighborhoods is the goal of new Neighborhood Enterprise Zones (NEZs) legislation passed the Michigan Senate. The bill, Senate Bill 1206, is part of the C.O.R.E. package
(Creating Opportunities for Renewed Economies) which is spear-headed by State Sen. Jason Allen.
Neighborhood Enterprise Zones are a tool available to cities for the redevelopment of rundown housing areas. It freezes the assessed value of the property for a period of time, so renovations can be made without an immediate impact on the property taxes.
The bill will allow for cities without housing inspection ordinances to establish a NEZ, although inspections of the housing in the NEZ would still be required. It also allows for flexibility in the time frame they are designated. Under current law a NEZ must be designated for 12 years, but the bill would change that to allow for a period between 6 and 12 years.
The bill now moves to the House where it awaits a committee hearing along with five other bills in the CORE package.
 
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