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Remembering 9-11 – my life came crashing down

I remember it so vividly. It sticks indelibly in my brain, even though it happened 10 years ago. I’m writing about 9-11, the day the world changed.

It changed for me in many ways. My son was born just 17 days earlier. For me it was a time of euphoria- my first child, a new house in Florida and another that we had just moved in to in Michigan, and I was on top of the world business-wise.

Then the attack on the World Trade Center came the morning of September 11. I was at work and for some odd reason had the television on. I thought I was watching a movie- and then the news commentator came on to confirm it was real. I still couldn’t believe it. America was under attack.

After 9-11, my life came crashing down. Business soured- no one wanted to spend money because they were concerned long-term that gas prices would skyrocket and the robust economy would go south. The housing market, which had steadily risen year after year, began a rapid decline, and life in general became a struggle for my family and I.

Of course I can’t blame everything on 9-11, and certainly many families were far worse off than mine- particularly those that lost loved ones in the attack, but for me it will remain the greatest national and personal tragedy I have ever experienced.

There, now I’ve shared my personal tragedy. Let’s hear how 9-11 changed your life. If you would like to share your personal story drop us an email, and we’ll gladly see that it’s published.

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I was very surprised to learn that a ruling by the State Court of Appeals snowballed into the closing of compassion centers in Clare County. The ruling overturned an Isabella County Circuit Court judge that said a compassion center in that county could stay open. The Court of Appeals gave the prosecutor the ability to force its closure.

Apparently that gave Clare County, as well as many other county prosecutors in Michigan, the ammo it needed to close compassion centers in their counties. Something tells me the Michigan Supreme Court, however, will have the ultimate say on this matter, and if they overturn the Court of Appeals, the compassion centers could be back in business in a matter of weeks.

It’s hard to blame the businesspeople who got involved in the opening of these centers. In fact, you almost have to feel sorry for someone of them who invested their life savings into a business, only to have the local prosecutor shut it down.

Whatever the outcome in the courts, lawmakers have to sort out the inconsistencies in the new law, so that cops, prosecutors and judges are all on the same page.