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Feb 16

Making Edwin Starr Proud

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Talk about weird.

So I went to the Peace Cafe in Depot Town last night. It was sponsored by the Michigan Peace Works. That wasn’t the weird part. The weird part was that instead of walking into Frenchies where the actual event was taking place, I walked into The Sidetrack by mistake and ran into about a dozen people planning to go to war with Dundee in order to get control of their annual Corn Maze. The point is not about the corn maze, but rather that The Sidetrack booked both a peace and a war rally next to each other on the same night. I have a feeling I was the only one to notice this, so things didn’t escalate like they could have.

The highlight of the evening was a speech by local State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith. She hit on everyone’s top two issues: education and healthcare. It was an interesting speech. She talked about the Single Business Tax a lot and how that by decreasing it we are syphoning off money for the aforementioned education and healthcare initiatives. She didn’t once mention that the way cities in Michigan are funding is broken. It wasn’t that kind of crowd as the majority of people in attendance were from outside the city limits.

Ms. Smith didn’t need to beat the drum of budget fear in Ypsilanti. There are others doing that already. It was a good thing they were serving lots of beer. Otherwise, it might have been a bit more depressing.

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