Land O Links

*America, we hardly knew ye. Once we were considered a land of mobility – both by economic class and geography.

The facts have gotten in the way. Research shows that America isn’t really economically mobile. You tend to say in the economic slice you were born in.

And, in recent years, we have lost our wanderlust, too. Physical mobility is down and the debate goes on over why.

*A new study says that the jobless rate for African Americans is higher in Michigan than in any other state with a significant African-American population.

*In a democracy – or even a democratic republic such as ours – the true source of any problem always will be the voters.

*Slate’s Dave Weigel zeroes in on the primary problem with the critics of Michigan’s emergency manager regime: If not this, what, oh outraged voters?

“Detroit's previous elected mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, won two terms on low turnout, then went to jail on a total of 26 felony counts. The city council president elevated by his resignation, Monica Conyers, went to jail, too. And the problem runs deeper than that, with a total lack of faith in city services. (Watch some of Charlie LeDuff's dispatches from the city about the length of time it takes to get cops to show up after a 911 call.)"

*Another one of these philosophical conundrums:  A river project in Grand Rapids is gaining a federal designation that will lead to federal help and probably federal money.

land-o-FINALReason for celebration or chagrin? Should the federal government be worried about the appearance of the Grand River in Grand Rapids? Why should it not be?

*A map! At a high point of the Cold War, this document showed where citizens of the Soviet Union were not allowed to travel in the United States. A good part of my home state – Oklahoma – was a no-go zone. I’m not sure why, though. The shaded area doesn’t appear to cover Vance or Tinker Air Force Bases. Most of the covered area would have been small towns and farmland, then.

Soviet citizens weren’t going to enjoy Michigan’s sunrise coast, either, but a journey along the Lake Michigan shore was just fine. (Presumably because of shipping lanes.)

Facts matter. Trust matters. Journalism matters.

If you learned something from the story you're reading please consider supporting our work. Your donation allows us to keep our Michigan-focused reporting and analysis free and accessible to all. All donations are voluntary, but for as little as $1 you can become a member of Bridge Club and support freedom of the press in Michigan during a crucial election year.

Pay with VISA Pay with MasterCard Pay with American Express Donate now

Comment Form

Add new comment

Dear Reader: We value your thoughts and criticism on the articles, but insist on civility. Criticizing comments or ideas is welcome, but Bridge won’t tolerate comments that are false or defamatory or that demean, personally attack, spread hate or harmful stereotypes. Violating these standards could result in a ban.

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.