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Snow cover helps plants through harsh winter

March 25th, 2015

Our second bitterly cold winter in a row is finally over. Even though this winter was not as cold as last year’s, it still made the record books as one of the top twenty coldest.It’s kind of surprising to me how quickly it ended. Just a few days of moderate temperature erased the snow. The […]

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Up-cycle an old light fixture into a grow light

March 25th, 2015

There was a small project that I had to get done this week. I needed to add another bank of lights in my seed starting area. You would think that after so many years as a professional gardener my seed starting room would look like some kind of laboratory complete with stainless steel racks, electronic […]

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

March 21st, 2015

There is no more dramatic expression of winters back being broken than the annual river ice breakup. Fighting against the ever present pressure of flowing water, river ice always exists on the edge. It gives way dramatically at the first sign of weakness. This winter, although it started otherwise, turned out to be another harsh […]

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Jeb Bushs Social Darwinism

March 14th, 2015

The effort by the state, by the government, ought to be to try to create catastrophic coverage, where there is relief for families in our country, where if you have a hardship that goes way beyond your means of paying for it, the government is there or an entity is there to help you deal […]

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Reaction to Obamacare Good News

March 10th, 2015

The CBO came out with one of their periodic reports on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Here is the headline of the report. The ten year projected cost for the ACA has gone DOWN 11%. The first reason for that cost reduction is that the cost of insurance premiums is rising at a lower rate […]

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Teddycare

March 08th, 2015

Ted Cruz is trying to position himself for a run at the 2016 Republican nomination for President. He has already endeared himself to the Tea Party based on his government shutdown strategy. As with many who need to retain their conservative bona fides while attempting to appeal to a broader audience, Ted has a problem. […]

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Spirit Ducking

March 07th, 2015

The River Raisin duck population has provided ample grist for my winter offerings on this blog. Ive focused most of my attention on the Goldeneyes but feel it would be a disservice to ignore their little cousins the Buffleheads. After all, who am I to deny publicity to the waterfowl John James Audubon called the […]

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RELATIONSHIPS CLASS (REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL)

March 07th, 2015

RELATIONSHIPS Sunday evenings, 6-7:30 PM, March 29, April 12, 19, 26, May 5, 12, 19 This course will do two things: 1) Examine the qualities of healthy relationships (of any kind friendships, family, work place, marriage), and 2) Present … Continue reading

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STUDY SERVANT LEADERSHIP THIS SPRING IN REDEEMER MINISTRY SCHOOL

March 07th, 2015

  Course: Servant Leadership Led By: Denise & Jim Hunter www.jameshunter.com Dates: 6 Consecutive Sunday Mornings (April 12, 19, 26/May 3, 10, 17) Time: 9:00-10:15am Course Description: Denise & Jim will lead the group through the principles of servant leadership … Continue reading

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More Paul Ryan Hypocricy

March 05th, 2015

The Affordable Care Act is before the Supreme Court again. The reason is that a particular part of the law was written in an ambiguous way. An opponent to the ACA found this ambiguity about a year after the healthcare law actually rolled out, or almost four years after the law was actually published. This […]

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Thank you to Monroe on a Budget readers

March 03rd, 2015

This is the final installment of the Monroe on a Budget weekly column for The Monroe News. By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget To everything there is a season, and that includes Monroe on a Budget. What started in early 2007 as part of a digital media experiment for The Monroe News became […]

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HOW OUR K-12 EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS MORALLY FAILING OUR CHILDREN

March 02nd, 2015

Most of my college philosophy students are moral relativists without justification. That is, they seem scandalized by the idea that there are moral facts but, if asked, can give no coherent reason as to why moral facts do not exist. … Continue reading

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No One Is Satisfied With This Recovery

March 01st, 2015

Republicans blamed slow economic growth on Obama in 2014. They won an election on that claim. They also trumpeted their mandate to reverse the policies that they said were preventing stronger economic growth. Then a strange thing happened. The public realized that things werent nearly as bad as Republicans claimed. Obamas popularity rebounded and Republicans […]

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Captain Nemos Goldeneye

February 28th, 2015

Last week I returned to my favorite mid-winter wildlife watching spot, that being the River Raisin where it flows through mid-Monroe, to see what the bear went over the mountain to see (to see what he could see). What I saw were a variety of ducks reveling in the ice bound patch of open water. […]

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Beer Wont Make You Bilious

February 27th, 2015

I was doing some research today and found this Green Seal beer ad from 1915. It was brewed by the Buckeye Beer Company out of Toledo, Oh. I love the health benefits that Green Seal claimed. It’s really hard to read some of the print but I did see that “good beer makes good blood”. […]

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Dear President Lincoln

February 27th, 2015

In honor of President’s Day, here’s an open letter to two of the Presidents generally regarded as the two best Presidents in history. The challenge we face in this partisan political environment is to resist the temptation to rewrite history to serve a particular political position. Some examples of that are David Baron and Wall […]

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Low cost family photos available March 7 in LaSalle

February 25th, 2015

Has the potential expense kept you away from sitting for a family photo? The Monroe Camera Club will host a Spring Photo Session from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday March 7 at First Presbyterian Church of LaSalle, 13007 S. Dixie Hwy., LaSalle, Mich. Professional-quality family and individual photos can be scheduled at “low cost.” There […]

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Child poverty rates are rising in Monroe County MI

February 25th, 2015

The recession is technically over, but poverty and working poor conditions continue to linger in Monroe County, Mich. The Monroe News looked into the data compiled annually by the Kids Count project and has this report: Child poverty rates rise in Monroe County.

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Applications available for Bedford Goodfellows Easter baskets

February 24th, 2015

The Bedford Goodfellows will distribute Easter Food Baskets from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday April 4 at Lambertville United Methodist Church, 8165 Douglas Rd., Lambertville, Mich. Those picking up the baskets must bring proof of living in Bedford Township (Lambertville or Temperance), have a current utility bill, photo ID and proof of income. Applications will […]

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The complicated personal finance details of child support

February 24th, 2015

This is the Monroe on a Budget column for the Feb. 24, 2015, edition of The Monroe News: By Paula Wethington / Monroe on a Budget How reliable are your family finances if part of the household income depends on someone who doesn’t live with you and the kids? This is a dilemma that many […]

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