Mark Maynard - 2007-10-25 11:51:21
I don't know how they choose their letters, Laura, but I do know that when I approached the Courier last week with the idea of a virtual debate, they were up for it. I submitted the questions to both the SCIT folks and the Ypsi Future folks yesterday, and, when I get their responses back, I'll be sending them to the Courier. They've agreed to print the responses from both groups side-by-side so that voters can make informed decisions. The questions are up on my site if people are interested. They were drafted by the YpsiVotes group with every intention of being fair and balanced. Anyway, I just wanted to say, in the Courier's defense, that they would be printing the responses from SCIT to the questions posed. At least that's what I've been told.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-25 12:07:02
Mark, I wasn't accusing the Courier of anything, so, no need to defend it. :)

There's been lots of info out there for an awfully long time; I think most voters have already made informed decisions.

As for me, I'll be mighty glad when Nov. 6 rolls around, and till then, I leave kind readers with the happier and dare I say more interesting prospect of Bunny Sweaters.
Y. - 2007-10-25 12:57:40
Well, that sounds a bit facetious, which I don't mean. I think people might have a bit of tax fatigue and are just ready to settle this issue and go to the next step is all.
Unfiltered - 2007-10-25 13:37:13
I will be glad when it's over too. Interesting stories like bunny sweaters are flying under the radar. Did you hear that Ypsilanti High School has narrowed it's new identity down to 4 suggestions: Generals, Olympians, Phoenix and Titans?
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-25 13:53:19
Yes indeedy! I like the Generals, aside from the military overtones. Olympians is of course Greek but just a tad lofty for a high school team, mebbe. Phoenix has no local connection at all, which I'd kinda prefer, and neither does Titans. Didn't the Titans eat their young? (surreptitiously wikipedias) Oh--just Cronus ate his young. OK then.

Aside from militarism and eating one's young I think these are fine suggestions.
Y. - 2007-10-25 14:01:26
More bunny sweaters here!

They're about halfway down the Flikr page of pictures of bunlet "Pon" and his, hop...around Osaka.
rodneyn - 2007-10-26 09:24:23
Laura, the "yes" and "no" letters were segregated from one another (both start on page 3). Read on to page 5 to find the rest of the "no" letters. If you haven't read the Courier lately, you should. After flubbing the school bond election coverage (what election?), they have done a tremendous job in fully covering the income tax issue. Overall, under Editor Austen Smith and with yeoman's work by Dan DuChene, the Courier has become a very good local newspaper in my opinion (and that's not just because my daughters' deliver it!).
notax - 2007-10-27 07:25:13
Most of the people writing pro-tax letters are older and wealthy. What does that say? They already own their houses, have plenty of funds in the bank, retirements, stocks, etc. Their yearly income is probably a small constant number. But they have no mortage, car loan. Why would they care about a tax? And if I own a restaurant, a small icome can be made to myself, but the majority goes to the corp.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-28 22:25:03
rodneyn: I read it online, and only say the "yes" letters there, which surprised me because to date the Courier had presented both sides of the tax issue side by side. Either they didn't post the "no" letters or I just overlooked the link, though I think I would have seen it. Probably my fault.

For good local papers, however, one needs to go to the microfilm area in EMU's Halle Library, where you can read and print out old Ypsi papers. Aside from lugubrious poetry and impassioned editorials presented as news stories, they're a rip-snorting read, and chock full of truly local news.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-28 22:27:20
notax: the income tax is aimed in large part at reaping some payment, at long last, from EMU, an institution whose population is equal to that of the city's and whose nontaxable status has grated on the nerves of city officials for ages. In my opinion.
notax - 2007-10-29 17:31:11
Then you can move four blocks and pay it. Or pay mine.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-29 17:49:33
notax, sorry, I don't get your reply. I was just stating what I perceive to be one intent of the tax is all. Lotta folks seem to be in bad moods today; hope things look up for them.

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