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rancesco Schettino who was Captain of the Costa Concordia when it ran aground in Italy remains under house arrest. He’s charged, or potentially charged, with leaving his ship while the…

Carp diem

Well, we got some good news this week that should provide a much needed shot in the arm for the area’s tourist industry. The Department of Natural Resources has chosen…

And the candidate is….who cares?

The reality show we call American politics continues unabated. On MSNBC, the propaganda organ for the Obama White House, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough and his group of Manhattan media…

The Open Meetings Act was not created for openness in government

Over the years of writing this column, I’ve received many letters, notes, and phone calls from folks that want me to write about some local issue that’s bugging them. As…

Circumstances

This scandal at Penn State involving Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky molesting young boys is just getting started. The Media loves these cases and are more than willing to concentrate the…

Holidays

You and the Law Richard S. Allen, Attorney at Law Have you noticed that every time the subject of limiting government spending comes up, the immediate response is that it…

Got any spare change?

I was just sent a Time magazine article on student loans. It’s pretty grim. This year the amount owed on student loans will go over 1 trillion, dollars. It already…

How much is privacy worth?

There’s a particularly annoying commercial on TV for Progressive Insurance. It’s the one where the spokeswoman is dressed all in white and the sets are white as well. They run…

Terry Stops

The Fourth Amendment is supposed to stop the government from subjecting us to unreasonable searches and seizures. It was, and is, a revolutionary idea. Governments love to search people and…

Cold, wet, and boring

That’s late fall in mid-Michigan. Have you ever tried to watch local TV News in the morning? By “local” I mean Bay City-Traverse City-Cadillac. Those stations. It’s unwatchable. Car dealer…

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