Rarely do we have the opportunity to truly know the values, beliefs and character behind a candidate running for an office. I am honored to personally know, volunteered and advocated for public education with Andrea Schroeder. I first met Andrea eleven years ago at Clarkston Community Schools PTA meetings where she reported the potential effect Lansing legislation would have on our schools.
Over these past eleven years, I have witnessed Andrea's positive change in our community. She led the charge to eradicate the legally sold synthetic cannabis "K-2" from local gas stations and party stores. When too many young high school drivers would "push the pedal" at the Flemings Lake road yellow light to get to school and cause accidents, it was Andrea Schroeder who planned the affordable left turn arrow solution And collaborated funding with the school district, township and road commission. And if you see "Proud Supporter of Clarkston PTA" stickers at the doors and windows of local businesses, that was Andrea Schroeder's idea for our PTA council to recognize them for supporting our PTA fundraisers. Andrea Schroeder is a "can-do" woman who cares for our families and community!
Andrea Schroeder has represented us at Michigan PTA as our legislative representative, is a member of the Michigan Political Leadership Program from Michigan State University, currently serves as Trustee on the Independence Township Board and is a member of the Clarkston Optimist Club. She has been endorsed as the best candidate for the 43rd District by L. Brooks Patterson - Oakland County Executive, Gail Haines - retiring State Representative from our 43rd District, Tom Middleton - Oakland County Board Commissioners, the Detroit Regional Chamber, The Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, Michigan Retailers Association, the Michigan Credit Union League and Michigan Agripac - friends of Agriculture. Andrea Schroeder has the experienced leadership to represent us in developing public policy.
For these reasons, and many more, I endorse Andrea Schroeder to represent you and me in Lansing. Please support Andrea Schroeder on the Republican ballot at our Tuesday, August 5 primary election!
July 27, 2014
The article on local regulations on political signs was interesting but, in my view, fell short to the extent it failed to emphasize that while local government may be able to restrict political sign postings on public right-of-ways, it has been found that the First Amendment right to free speech allows for the posting of political yard signs on private property without regard to attempted local regulation. We all want to be sensitive to neighborhood aesthetic considerations, but the obligation to ensure First Amendment rights trumps this. Yard signs may be the only practicable way for many residents to confront the expensive TV and other political ads we already are subjected to, months and more than a year before election time, showing how a Rick Snyder family friend (not surprisingly) got richer with Snyder's help in marketing flatbread, and how we who pay annual real estate and other taxes should feel shame when wealthy family businesses and dynasties "unfairly" have to pay personal property taxes. When many incumbents are supported by the wealthy constituents who have financially benefitted from the incumbents' time in office, a yard sign is one of few options available to the middle class.
July 18, 2014
This week's "News in Brief" sets out the limits on political signs. (Clarkston's zoning ordinance also limits political signs to 60 days before and 14 days after an election.) People should know that these regulations violate the First Amendment. Similar ordinances have been held invalid around the country, including in southeast Michigan. Government can't prohibit speech based on its content, especially when it comes to political speech. Sign ordinances that apply equally to all signs are proper. But ordinances that pick out particular kinds of speech and prohibit them are invalid. Thus limits on the dates when one can display a political sign are not valid. People shouldn't be deterred from displaying political signs on their property by these invalid ordinances. (And the Friends of the Library shouldn't be intimidated into telling me I can't have a lawn sign supporting the library millage until two weeks before the election.)
July 11, 2014
Since 1999, the Clarkston Heritage Museum, operated by the Clarkston Community Historical Society, has been connecting residents and school children to local history because we believe the more people understand the past, the more invested they are in the future.
Our location within the Clarkston Independence District Library makes the museum a cost-effective, convenient and valuable community resource, drawing thousands of visitors each year to our free, continuous exhibits that change twice yearly; as well as lectures and programs that complement the library’s education and enrichment activities.
Now, the future of our museum – your museum – hinges on the Aug. 5 library ballot initiative.
The proposed 1.25 mills replace all current millage and contract funding for the library in the township and in the city. The millage constitutes 95 percent of the library’s budget so without it, there is likely no library and certainly no museum. The costs associated with acquiring and maintaining a separate museum facility are prohibitive.
We’re taxpayers, too, and we understand many families are just beginning to recover from the recession and housing crisis. A homeowner whose residence has a market value of $200,000 will pay about $125 per year. In many households, that’s less than a single monthly bill for “bundled” cable services.
While the library and museum are community assets everyone can enjoy, it’s our most economically vulnerable citizens – including seniors – who most need the many services our library provides. It’s truly a community hub that provides the cultural and professional enrichment and quality of life that make Clarkston such a desirable place to live.
If you value our local history and the joy of learning, please vote “yes” for the library millage on Aug. 5. Future generations will thank you for your investment.
Clarkston Community Historical Society Board of Directors
Jennifer Arkwright, president
Debbie DeVault, vice president
Jonathan Smith, treasurer
Kim Huttenlocher, secretary
Kelly Kolhagen Crawford
Toni Smith, museum director
May 27, 2014
Do-Nothing Davis great ideal smart
Do-Nothing Cloutier not best to let people decide
Do-Nothing Bill Dunn If people don't like it, they will vote you out
These dictators are taking the Right to Vote away. They need to be Replaced NOW. They must think we are too stupid to make decesions on our own.
May 22, 2014
Is there anyway you can take this article of the website? when you google my name this is the first picture that pops up. unfortunately my now ex husband just in Filyaw got addicted to heroinand lost the Sony contract for everyone of us. he is an embarrassment and this photo is also causing problems with my new husband. :(and please do not post this letter on the website, thank you.
May 20, 2014
Cory Johnston’s comment on the library millage is misleading. He says “township residents could vote a 1.25 mil tax increase on city residents.” This is not a vote placed on the ballot by either the township or the city. It is a vote of the residents of the library district, which the city and township formed, but which is a separate entity run by a separate board. The residents of the entire district will vote whether to tax themselves to have a library and there is no distinction between city and township residents in this vote.
Likewise, there will be no “1.25 mil increase on city residents” while “township residents would still only see a .56 increase.” All residents of the library district will be treated the same. In the township, the current township .691 library millage will end. It will be replaced by the 1.25 district library millage, a net increase of .559 mills. In the city, the council has committed to reducing the portion of its general operating millage that currently goes to fund the library (which is the equivalent of .691 mills), so that the net increase for city residents will be the same.
Voters should not assume that some alternative will be put in place if the millage is not approved. The agreement that created the district library provides that the district library will be dissolved, the township millage that has supported the library will end, and the city’s payments to support the library will end. The township subsidized library operations in past years from its general fund. It can’t afford to do that any more.
Our library is a great community resource. We should not lose it. Please support the library and vote for it on August 5.
May 15, 2014
Traditions come in all shapes and sizes. They are as international as May Day; as national as the Fourth of July, as local as the Tulip Festival. Still others, with little fanfare, become very personal , very special. On May 14, 2014, one of those special traditions, the Clarkston Pre-School on Waldon Road at the Clarkston United Methodist Church, ceased operation.
According to its website, it has been “nurturing happy souls since 1969.” I can attest to at least 20 years of that as my wife, Marilyn French, has been one of those nurturers. Many factors are contributing to its closing. Not important here. What is important is the legacy these nurturers leave behind to hundreds of their 3’s and 4’s, and to their parents.
Marilyn, along with Karen Girard and Jill Tice, touched so many small lives in such big ways. As a classroom parent for 4 children, I was witness to so many transformations, not only for my own but for others. Each morning started with hugs. The shyest, most reticent child, was soon eager for those warm embraces. Years later, teenagers who easily forgot what they ate for breakfast, would excitedly greet Marilyn with those hugs.
It was this soul-touching quality that made Clarkston Pre-School a very personal, very special tradition that seems to live on in these children-turned young adults. I am continually amazed at how many still recognize Marilyn and how many she calls by name, siblings and parents too. The devotion and respect she, Karen, and Jill gave to these students and their parents, and the selfless efforts of parents often harried with their own lives but always there in the classroom for their children, call to mind the finest family traditions that indulge our need for unity and purpose.
Yes, I have a personal connect with the school and its closing. But well beyond that, it’s just one more small tradition gone away. It will be replaced, but I doubt by anything with as much character. Pre-schoolers will have places to go, but no place with as much heart. And they’ll have their teachers, but none who will touch young lives like these three have.
May 14, 2014
The juvenile-acting social media public official communicators at public meetings are the same ones who suppress open communication with the public about official business. It would be great if they'd put their toys away and instead actively listen and participate in the meeting so some business of benefit to middle class and other residents might be accomplished. Once again, these twits who tweet at appropriate times with unhelpful messages serve as an embarrassment to public service and our community....
May 13, 2014
To All The Wonderful Parents of HSE!
We'd like to FINALLY take the time to thank all of our wonderful parents here at HSE for showing how much you care and how much we are truly appreciated. We have thoroughly enjoyed being spoiled this week (Teacher Appreciate Week) with our delicious lunches. Not to mention our great dinners during conference weeks too.
Please know we are grateful for ALL acts of kindness from supportive notes to small gifts- and especially the hugs and smiles from our students. It is so nice to feel the support from our school community.
Thank you, thank you, thank you -
The Harvey Swanson Staff
May 12, 2014