Land O Links

"The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything, the young know everything" -- Oscar Wilde.

* It's March Madness, so everyone's trying to figure out how to use the temporary obsession with brackets to convey interesting or amusing information. WARNING: At this point, Michigan State University alumni and fans should stop reading. At the link below you'll find a March Madness bracket with games determined by which school has the higher "starting median salary." In this formulation, the MSU Spartans fall fast -- in the first round to Long Island University-Brooklyn. LIU-Brooklyn? C'mon Sparties! The University of Michigan, meanwhile, advances all the way to the Elite Eight in this "nerdy bracket." All I can say is, it pays to be an engineering school. Hat tip to Senior Writer Ron French, who went to Purdue yet ended up a journalist. Go figure:

* Does your neighborhood have a vacant lot ready to be put to productive use? Do you have a great idea on how to inject more vitality into your community's downtown? Well, the Michigan Municipal League -- the advocacy arm ofMichigan's cities -- has a contest for you. "Let’s Save Michigan will award up to three prizes, ranging from $500 to $1000, to partially or fully fund your project. Your community will be more attractive, more welcoming, safer, and more economically successful. Your city will adore you." To learn more, go to the Let's Save Michigan website:

* As your local school board, or the Michigan Department of Education, will tell you,Michigan's K-12 enrollment is declining. One of the consequences of this decline are unneeded school buildings. What the heck are we going to do with them?

* State leaders from Gov. Rick Snyder on down have been touting the prospects ofMichigan's agriculture industry. Now the website below might seem a backward way to get into the topic, but knowing from whence your food items come has a much greater appeal after being confronted with some of the practices of our industrialized food culture. Hat tip to Staff Writer Nancy Derringer for suggesting this blog to me in a discussion that began with the term "pink slime." Read on and you'll find out what that means:

* Another thing to blame on those darn baby boomers: Michigan's housing woes. "Baby Boomers putting their house up for sale could flood the market in coming years, while the younger generations may not be interested in buying, a new report says. 'It's already happening in some states like Michigan,' says Rolf Pendall of the Urban Institute and a co-author of the report by the Bipartisan Policy Center. ... The problem is that echo-boomers, or Generation Y — those born between 1982 and 1995 — may not be buying up the inventory, says Pendall, whose retired mother is trying to sell a home and downsizes ... The Bipartisan Policy Center's report states that young adults are struggling with higher levels of credit card and student loan debt than their elders — some of which could take decades to pay off.":

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.