Former Grand Rapids City Commissioner Rick Tormala has a talk show every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on WPRR, which is broadcast on 1680 AM and 95.3 FM. You can also stream his show live through the internet at www.publicrealityradio.org. Rick's tag line is "Not right, not left----in fact he is no where in between." Check him out.
Yes, Bill and I are still out there, living, working and surviving in Grand Rapids. We have been away for far longer than expected, but life does that you know?
We have seen a number of comments come in and thank you for your continuing thoughts and interest in our website. It’s amazing how many topics we covered over the past seven to eight years that remain timely for everyone checking in at our site here in early 2011.
Upon my website audit today, I noticed many spam comments had posted over the last few weeks and months. I chose to erase a good dozen or more postings because of this. I apologize if I erased anyone’s comments by mistake. I read the feedback and if it didn’t correspond to a heading or sounded like an automated message, I hit the good old delete key. I tried to keep all others that appeared intentional.
Feel free to keep sending your thoughts and ideas and we will attempt to respond soon. We will be working as time permits on future posts here at L.A.W. that will be of local interest. Keep watching, they will arrive soon!
Also, do check out our sister sites that are under construction. These new blog ventures will still tie into local issues - just less diverse - The River City Zek - crony capitalism in GR and Vine & Branch - culture of life.
Bill and I have been away for awhile due to outside business obligations. We continue to research, read, network and monitor local events as always, but you may notice our written articles and comments have slowed in recent months.
We hope to post anew in the coming year as time permits. Check in when you can and we hope to have more to share at a later date.
The Pig in the Python The dirty little secret behind the success and failure of every school reform that the education establishment, the public school bureaucrats, and the teachers unions will never reveal.
The Fool's Gold of a College Education Most kids who get a college degree today have nothing but an expensive credential that lands them a job that any high school graduate could have gotten a generation ago -- WITHOUT the heavy burden of paying back a student loan.
The Fixer A four-part series about the local attorney behind the demise of Autodie, Butterworth Hospital, Amway, and Old Kent. Warning: Strong accusations of corruption, greed, and skullduggery. Not for the feint of heart.
Poison The nasty nature of the 26,000 tons of poison that The Boardwalk's developers dug up and then dumped upon the rest of us.
No Honor Among Thieves: The Demise of Quixtar The re-branding of Amway as Quixtar put lipstick on the pig, but none of the crappy way of doing business changed. Now comes public scrutiny around the world to control its kingpins and clean up the dirty "tools" business.
Lost Cause A story of how River City lost its way to a secure economic future.
Living Wage Kills Jobs City pols support a Marxist policy that, like all Marxist policies, hurt the very people they say it will help.
Defenders Who Do Not Defend Excessive plea-bargaining, lack of preparation, shoddy to non-existent representation, conflicts of interests are rife among lawyers taking public defender cases on the taxpayer dime.