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 most part, these letters express the sentiment that not only is government spending at the root of all of our problems, but that government itself is the problem.
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, I’ve begun to hear about what’s missing from the area, what might be considered business opportunities or at least an expansion of existing businesses to fill the niches that are not being covered.
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 has been made on at least one level.
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 minimum wage, as well as new brands and selections of prepared foods from which to choose — will be completely beneficial.
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 Campaign have a mission: Pressuring the administration to divest its endowment holdings from fossil fuel companies.
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, not just slopped on the plate.
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 the advantages as I do.
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 labeled bottles — like Cupcake, Barefoot, Red Truck or Fat Bastard — seem to represent a whole world of wineries. But labels can be deceiving.
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 needs of the hungry.