Jan. 21, 2022 CNS Budget — Week 1
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EDITORS: This is our first regular weekly file of 2022.
WELCOME: The Iron Mountain Daily News is the newest CNS member.
HERE’S YOUR FILE:
FISHTOWN: Each day, the executive director of the Fishtown Preservation Society receives a visit from a local elderly man who grew up in the area and checks on ongoing preservation efforts. “It’s so easy for people just to tear things down and start over. It can be very hard to keep and protect a place like Fishtown” on the Leelanau Peninsula, one of the last thriving commercial fishing districts on the Great Lakes. The National Park Service just added it to the National Register of Historic Places. We also hear from the state’s national register coordinator and the co-owner of 100+-years-old Carlson’s Fishery. By Lindsay McCoy. FOR LEELANAU, TRAVERSE CITY, BENZIE COUNTY, PETOSKEY and ALL POINTS.
w/FISHTOWN PHOTO 1 w/FISHTOWN PHOTO 1: Morris Shanty being lifted to new and higher foundation in November 2020. Credit: Fishtown Preservation Society
w/FISHTOWN PHOTO 2: Bill Carlson, left, the previous owner of Carlson’s Fishery, is shown side by side with his nephew, Nels Carlson, co-owner and the company’s fifth-generation owner. Courtesy of Carlson’s Fishery
w/ FISHTOWN PHOTO 3: Fishtown, as shown around 1905-06, is the subject of ongoing preservation efforts. Courtesy of Barbara Gentile, Fishtown Preservation Society Collection
BROADBAND: As local governments wrestle with how to spend their new federal aid under
the American Rescue Plan Act some, including Park and Fabius townships in St. Joseph County, rank improved and affordable broadband access as a priority. Parts of the state are “digital deserts,” where lack of access impedes education and economic development. We hear from local officials, AARP Michigan and the Michigan Townships Association. By Jack Falinski. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, WKTV, COLDWATER, CORP! and ALL POINTS.
AGE DISCRIMINATION: More Michigan residents are postponing retirement or returning to work after retiring. Employers are desperate to fill vacancies, but some older applicants and employees still face age discrimination. AARP and Michigan Works! have programs to help. The state Supreme Court just heard arguments in a Saginaw County case. The U.S. House passed a bill to strengthen protections for job applicants. Michigan AARP and a Detroit employment lawyer explain. By Hope O’Dell. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP!, LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.
w/AGE DISCRIMINATION PHOTO: Paula Cunningham, state director of AARP Michigan. Courtesy photo.
w/AGE DISCRIMINATION GRAPHIC: Percent change in civilian labor force by age, 2000-01, 2010-20 and projected 2020-30. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
OPIOIDS: Opioid overdose deaths have increased dramatically among African Americans and Hispanics in the state. A state task force and work group are looking for ways to tackle the problem. The overall number of opioid-related deaths is highest in Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Genesee and Ingham counties. We hear from Wayne State expert and the Department of Health and Human Services. By Sydney Bowler. FOR LANSING CITYs PULSE, DETROIT and ALL POINTS.
w/OPIOIDS GRAPHIC 1: Total overdose deaths by month of Michigan residents. Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
w/OPIOIDS2 GRAPHIC 2: Provisional overdose deaths: May 2020 to April 2021. Source: Michigan Department of Health and Human services
DETROIT FOOD DESERT: Many people, including researchers, have regarded Detroit as a food desert. Yet the term “food desert” is no longer correct in describing all of Detroit. “Food swamp,” “food grassland” or “food apartheid” may be more accurate. We talk to the Detroit Food Policy Council, a researcher, the Wayne County director in the Department of Health and Human Services and the department’s chief deputy director for opportunity. By Sammy Schuck. FOR DETROIT, CORP!, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, PLANET DETROIT and ALL POINTS.
TOP ENERGY ISSUES: Amid escalating worries by climate change experts and at the end of the Biden administration’s first year advocating for clean energy, Public Service Commissioner Tremaine Phillips discusses three of the top energy issues facing Michigan. By Rachel Duckett. FOR DETROIT, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! MICHIGAN FARM NEWS and ALL POINTS.
w/TOP ENERGY ISSUES PHOTO: Tremaine Phillips, of the Public Service Commission, said Michigan is making a major transformation to clean energy. Credit: Public Service Commission
PRESS FREEDOM COMMENTARY: This is an opportune time to assess last year’s press freedom environment in the U.S. and abroad, including a record number of journalists jailed, among them a Metro Detroit reporter working in Myanmar. At least 24 more were murdered. It’s a troubling picture for journalists and news organizations pursuing their mission to provide fair, balanced and accurate coverage of public affairs, to hold institutions of government and power accountable. to give voice to the voiceless and to act ethically amid a sea of misinformation and disinformation. Commentary for news and opinion sections. By Eric Freedman. FOR DETROIT AND ALL POINTS.