The 5th Annual Lucy Ann Lance Hometown Christmas Radio Show will broadcast live from the Ann Arbor City Club on Saturday December 14, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join us for an old-fashioned radio variety show featuring music, stories, local celebrities, holiday cheer, refreshments and much more! Listen live on WLBY AM 1290, [...]
After three years of Ann Arbor’s new Pedestrian Crosswalk Ordinance it is clear that the law hasn’t achieved its desired effect, to make walking in Ann Arbor safer. It can be argued that the law has instead made walking and driving near these crosswalks inherently more dangerous. After one death, numerous accidents, and who knows how many near misses, the question needs to be asked: can the city take any steps to make this new law safer for everyone, or should it just be scrapped completely?
On Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:00 AM, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes will announce his opinion at 9:00 am as to whether or not the Detroit bankruptcy can proceed. If he says it can, the next step in the process is to have Emergency Manager Kevin Orr, submit a plan to deal with $18 billion in debt. If he says “no”, Kevin Orr will still have to wrestle with a payment plan for the debt. Major portions of that debt are the legacy costs, that is pension and retiree health plan costs. The unions contest the potential reduction in pension benefits as they say pension benefits are protected by the state constitution. Mr. Orr contends that federal bankruptcy overrules the state law and as a result pensions can be part of the potential reduction in debt. But whether or not pensions can or cannot be reduced, what about the retiree health care costs? How significant are they in the state and what possible problems lie ahead for many municipalities in Michigan? Is it time for our municipalities to reconsider retiree health benefits in order to head off “Who’s Next” in a municipal bankruptcy? What is the “Right Thing to do?”
We all have heard the uproar that has been created with the number of individuals who are having their current health insurance cancelled because the terms do not meet the requirements of Obamacare. This is despite President Obama’s assurance that “If you like your plan you can keep it, period.” The cancellations are effective December 31st this year and individuals are required to get a new policy on the healthcare website —even though it is not working and there are serious security issues.
Holiday shopping season is in full swing and mall dining can add to your holiday stress while wreaking havoc on your waistline. Take along healthier snacks that travel well. Those nutritious snacks that can easily fit into a purse or shopping backpack will help you stay energized while providing beneficial nutrients that fight stress.
Cooking for a crowd can be challenging, especially figuring out how big of a turkey to buy that will feed all of your guests! Don’t guess; use this guide and remember to factor in extra servings if you’d like to have leftovers.