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Michigan: Hire the Nerd Nov. 2

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The statistic Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder uses at the start of one of his campaign commercials and on his website is shocking: Every 10 minutes, Michigan loses another job.

Jobs have been the central issue in this campaign between governor hopefuls Snyder, the Ann Arbor “Nerd” venture capitalist, economic developer, and former CEO of Gateway computer; and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the Democrat who’s been called “America’s Angriest Mayor.”

Jobs should be the central issue in this campaign to take over the job of term-limited and unpopular Gov. Jennifer Granholm; Michigan’s unemployment rate is currently 13 percent according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We have the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, right between #1 Nevada and #3 California.

Bernero did make news this week for attracting more General Motors jobs to Lansing’s GM factories. And Bernero’s city (which happens to be the state capital) has one of Michigan’s lowest unemployment rates.

Meanwhile, Snyder’s stance against the state’s film and TV industry tax credits — credits which are bringing a growing creative industry and positive publicity to a state which needs new industry and good publicity — troubles us. We’re also slightly concerned that the governorship would be Snyder’s first elected office.

Snyder has impressed us, however, with his focus on wanting to see and change our troubled state.

He and Bernero only debated once this fall. But ever since the primaries, Snyder has traveled to every county of Michigan, by RV, to question and be questioned by voters in town hall meetings. How many other candidates traveled to both peninsulas?

And just like the policy wonk nerd he’s always claimed to be, Snyder’s always had a simple 10-point plan for changing Michigan. It’s on his website. We haven’t seen or heard of a similar plan from Bernero — just angry campaign commercials and mud-slinging during the debate. Michigan needs a positive leader, not another angry talking head.

If Snyder’s popularity in the polls translates to votes this Tuesday, the Nerd should become Michigan’s head Nerd on Nov. 2. We at WSFAU believe that hiring Snyder as Michigan’s next governor is one of the best things to do to bring jobs — and good governance — back to this state.


We’re number two! We’re number two!

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We’re excited because Michigan is no longer the number one state in unemployment.

Instead, we’re now number two:

Unemployment rate: Michigan, Nevada trade places as No. 1 jobless state – CSMonitor.com.

Good luck, Nevada! You’ll need it!

Written by Joanne

June 23, 2010 at 7:47 am

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Unemployment and family in Michigan

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“Nearly half of Michigan’s people say an immediate family member has lost a job in the past two years, a new Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll shows.”

That amazing quotation is from today’s Freep.com story on unemployment in Michigan.

So I am actually not exaggerating when I say that it feels like half the state is unemployed.

Even though Michigan’s April unemployment rate was 14 percent, more, much more, than 14 percent of Michigan is personally affected by unemployment.

I have met a lot of unemployed people in my little corner of Southeast Michigan. Which happens when you’re unemployed and you go to support groups for the unemployed. Most if not all of the unemployed people I’ve met in the last year and a half have families: Husbands, wives, children, parents, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, in-laws, etc. I’m single, but I do have family — and friends who are like family to me.

Unemployment affects your family and friends. If nothing else, they worry about you. They pray for you and about you. They call you with job leads, send you job ads over Facebook, and anxiously ask “have you thought about (fill in their latest career idea for you here)?” And “Are you okay?” They lend you things: Money, meals, rounds of drinks, a place to stay. The really good family members and friends don’t seem to care about being paid back.

How many people are in this situation of caring for and about their unemployed family members?

Well, even leaving aside Michigan’s 14 percent unemployment rate, just take the poll result of 47 percent who told the Freep and Channel 7 they have or had an unemployed family member, figure the state has about 9.9 million residents

And even with my math skills — hey, I’m a writer, not a mathematician — you should get roughly 4.5 million people in Michigan families affected by unemployment.

Written by Joanne

May 30, 2010 at 11:39 am

A big day and a question

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It’s April, it’s spring in Michigan, and it’s Holy Saturday and Passover.

There’s this little college basketball game tonight, too. Something about “Michigan State” and the “Final Four,” we hear.  😉

And last but not least, the iPads have officially sprung at the Apple Store on this spring morning.

It’s a big day.

As much as we’d like to be one of those people we saw on the local weekend morning news who was in line at the local Apple Store enthusiastically waiting for our very own shiny new iPad, we’re not.  😦

One big reason: The other night, David Letterman showed off a new iPad and gave the Top Ten Questions you should ask yourself before waiting in line for the new iPad. I present a link to them below:

Late Show Video – Apple iPad Top Ten List – CBS.com.

But the question Letterman didn’t tell me to ask — and which I had to ask myself — is: “How can I possibly afford $499 (plus the cost of the keyboard accessory) for an iPad while I’m unemployed?”

Still, we may just sneak over to The Apple Store this afternoon anyway to ask if they have a demo iPad with which we could play… I mean look at …. for research purposes, of course. Yeah, that’s it. Research.

Written by Joanne

April 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

Hello, Milwaukee!

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I spent most of today driving across parts of four states — Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin — to get to my librarian civil service test tomorrow afternoon in beautiful downtown Milwaukee.

(Boy, my car must be tired. I know I’m tired.)

I’m taking a break from my last-minute cramming to

1. Watch 24 on my hotel room’s HDTV while I:

2. Use my wireless Internet access for something besides looking up the  Dewey Decimal Classifications.

Wish me luck tomorrow afternoon!

Written by Joanne

March 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Some news on the job front

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Over the last few days, I’ve had some interesting news on the job front. And on the personal front as well.

First, on Tuesday I received an email asking me to come to another Midwestern city six and a half hours away and three weeks from now for a civil service exam. It’s  for a Librarian I opening I’d applied for weeks earlier. Score high on the test, then get a chance at an interview. Simple, right?

I have my masters in library science, and there aren’t a lot of openings for librarians here in Michigan at the moment. So I’m going to go take the test. My car and I can manage the road trip (although one friend and fellow librarian suggested taking the train).

Second, on Ash Wednesday, AKA Pazcki Day here in Detroit, I ate a doughnut. And my TV decided to quit receiving over-the-air digital signals. (No, I do not have cable TV. Don’t want to watch much of it. Can’t afford the bill for it. )

So to the shock of several of my Facebook friends, I am apparently giving up broadcast television for Lent. This will give me more time and incentive to concentrate on job hunting. And I still have books. And my DVD player. 😉  But I miss seeing the Winter Olympics.  😦

Back to the job front.

Yesterday afternoon, after a polite follow-up voice mail to my latest interviewer, I received my latest job rejection letter email.  😦

Last night, after a referral from a former colleague and exchanges of emails, I received my first contract for freelance work.  🙂

Who the heck is Felix Sabates and why doesn’t he like Michigan?

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Fox 2 News here in Detroit has been righteously indignant this morning over this quote by NASCAR team owner Felix Sabates about why he wouldn’t race at Michigan International Speedway — MIS for short — any more:

“I mean, there’s nobody left in Detroit other than the police and the unemployed. I’d cut Michigan off the schedule altogether. Michigan – I’m talking about the state – is never coming back to what it used to be, so why go there and throw good money after bad money?”

via Michigan track boss fires back at Felix Sabates | www.thatsracin.com.

Well. Where do I, as an unemployed metro Detroiter (and admitted non-NASCAR fan), begin?

I’ll begin by saying that MIS is actually not in Detroit, but near Jackson and the south central Michigan town of Brooklyn.

I can’t deny Michigan’s high unemployment rate: 14.6 percent in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Yet, unemployed Michiganians or not, I’m told MIS still sells out its summer weekend races. Maybe the police are buying up all the tickets, Mr. Sabates?

Mr. Sabates, you also conveniently forget that NASCAR races American cars and trucks. Where are those American vehicles designed and built? Where are those car companies headquartered? Oh, in Auburn Hills, Dearborn and Detroit, MICHIGAN.

Instead of seeing it as “throwing good money after bad” in a state which you think isn’t coming back, why not see racing in Michigan as an investment to help the state come back? MIS’s track president invited you to come and see the place and the races for yourself. Now that’s something we’d like to see.

Written by Joanne

January 29, 2010 at 10:05 am