May 25 2016
The Michigan Climate Action Network recently called for the state to work toward a 100 percent renewable energy system by 2050. This aligns with the aim of the climate science if we want to stave off total...
Jan. 20 2016
Might not our local credit unions or banking institutions adopt some of the admirable practices demonstrated by Vancity or the other sustainable credit unions and banks? Given their enviable success across...
Jan. 13 2016
The object of credit unions when created in the mid-1920s was to provide credit to those who couldn’t get it from the banks and for any profits to be shared with the members. Credit unions were tied...
Dec. 30 2015
In my last column, I discussed credit unions hoping to find one locally that might more transparently demonstrate sustainability values. I did hear back from one of my own credit unions, but not with any...
Nov. 11 2015
I suspect that few folks reading this don’t have an account at a bank or credit union. I belong to two credit unions. Credit unions differ from traditional private banks in that they are member owned
Sept. 16 2015
In the current age of inequality there is a lot of talk about a minimum wage and even, occasionally, a living wage, even as we read or hear about extravagant salaries for CEO’s or celebrities. One...
April 15 2015
Recently Granger III & Associates, which run the Wood Street landfill, has requested Clinton County to amend the county’s solid waste plan. The proposed amendment would allow fGranger to collect...
April 23 2014
In the last column, I referred to Michigan State University as an anchor in our community. It is the kind of institution that isn’t likely to pick up and move away because profits don’t meet...
March 12 2014
The public relations team at Michigan State University did a fine job getting out the word about the school’s growing endowment recently. And the State Journal genuflected nicely towards its financial...
Jan. 22 2014
Perhaps it was an interest born when my son was a high-school percussionist who played a solo marimba piece in a statewide competition
Dec. 4 2013
There has been an increase of late in letters to our local paper calling for a national balanced budget amendment. The fact that they have appeared in clusters suggest a campaign by some entity. For the...
Nov. 13 2013
The Lansing metro area is home to roughly 500,000 of us. Now, a city of that size should be able to offer a pretty diverse array of products and services that provide employment to many. In recent conversations,...
Sept. 4 2013
I received some useful comments on the last column from folks who want to support local businesses, especially those that match their values, which is sometimes still a challenge. But a little progress...
Aug. 21 2013
The recent announcement that our community will have a new Whole Foods store has many excited. But I’m wondering whether this development — offering 100 new jobs that typically pay above...
July 10 2013
Like the students and faculty who led Michigan State University to be the first public university to divest from firms doing business with apartheid South Africa, today's MSU students with the Fossil Free...
June 12 2013
Transparency declaration: I like food!! The older I get, the more time I attend to it and the more I find myself savoring good food — grown and produced with care, cooked with attention to detail,...
March 27 2013
Fair trade or free trade? How many understand the differences between them? As many of you know, I prefer fair trade, buying local when possible and linking the local with the global. Perhaps you'll see...
Feb. 20 2013
If you enjoy drinking a glass of wine now and then, you're probably familiar with the numerous choices of brands and types to be found in many local grocery and drug stores. The rows and rows of creatively...
Nov. 28 2012
As we enter the colder months and the holiday season, the face of hunger in our community will be brought closer. The annual giving requests will pour in from the charities that work to address the immediate...
Oct. 3 2012
Even the most market crazy economist believes that for markets to work their magic there needs to be accurate information available for consumers. Joseph Stiglitz got his Nobel recognition precisely for...

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