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September 11, 2008


September 11, 2001…Have We Forgotten?

Today we commemorate the seventh passing of September 11, 2001. As we reflect on the events that transpired that bright Tuesday morning, remembering where and when we first heard the news, we also remember and honor the fallen for their sacrifice. The unspeakable acts of terror stirred our hearts to fear, and fear to anger, and anger to resolve. Terrorists can take down our buildings, but they can’t tear down the resolve of our great nation. Many differences pull us apart on a daily basis, but in the face of evil we are united. For it is our belief in freedom and liberty, the fabric of our society, that held us together. And though freedom was attacked that day, it was freedom that prevailed.

Now, seven years later the threats remain as real as they were then. From Iraq and Afghanistan to terror of Russia attacking it’s smaller sovereign neighbor Georgia, we have been reminded that the only way for us to defeat those threats of terror and despotism is to find them, stop them, and destroy their roots from where they grow. The path from 9/11 has taken us down many roads, and may take us down many still, but the outcome is certain; freedom and justice will always triumph over its enemies. As time marches on, we must remain resolute in our conviction and vigilant in our fight. Above all, we must never forget September 11, 2001.
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Remember heroes and Mich. victims of 9-11

Record roles of ordinary people who made contribution

Patrick L. Anderson

Certain events in everyone’s life change you, and certain events in history change a nation. The Sept. 11 tragedies did both. Seven years later, our country wrestles with the lessons of Sept. 11. Those who were personally involved wrestle with the memories as well.

There were many people from Michigan at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, others at the Pentagon and perhaps one or more on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania. It is a shame that we don’t know the actual number.

As far as we know, the largest single group was a dozen Michigan economists attending a conference at the Marriott World Trade Center, which was nestled in between the much taller North and South towers.


How to Save Detroit

And $50 Billion

September 10, 2008; Page A13

For a sum small compared to their revenues but large in relation to their market caps, the Detroit auto makers were all over the two conventions. Their lobbyists had something to sell — a plea for $50 billion in federal loans. Congress practically owes us this money, Ford, GM and Chrysler argue — because Congress slammed us with new fuel mileage mandates that will cost us $100 billion to meet.

John McCain caved. The White House is in the process of caving. Barack Obama didn’t need to cave. But before rushing to pass the legislation, there’s an easy way to save $50 billion or whatever part of these loans wouldn’t be paid back: Just repeal the fuel economy rules.

Autumn Angst: Dems fret about Obama


Polls showing John McCain tied or even ahead of Barack Obama are stirring angst and second-guessing among some of the Democratic Party’s most experienced operatives, who worry that Obama squandered opportunities over the summer and may still be underestimating his challenges this fall.

"It’s more than an increased anxiety," said Doug Schoen, who worked as one of Bill Clinton’s lead pollsters during his 1996 reelection and has worked for both Democrats and independents in recent years. "It’s a palpable frustration. Deep-seated unease in the sense that the message has gotten away from them."

Rx for Republican Revitalization

By Cal Thomas

Some political pundits have said that if it were not for his last name, he might have been the Republican nominee for president this year. But former Florida Governor Jeb Bush tells me he is happy to support the McCain-Palin ticket, which he predicts, perhaps predictably, will win. Of Gov. Sarah Palin, he says, "She has generated so much enthusiasm, which was the one element of the campaign that was completely missing."

I ask him what he thinks Republicans must do — regardless of the election outcome — to win back a congressional majority and the trust of the public. Noting that House Minority Leader John Boehner has confessed to "mistakes" by Republicans when they held the majority, Bush says, "I guess admitting you’re a sinner is the first step on the road to redemption." He still believes too many of the party leaders are "in denial" about why they lost their majority. So what must the Republican Party do now?


Biden taps Granholm as Palin stand-in for debate

9/10/2008, 6:55 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Democrat Joe Biden has tapped Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to be the stand-in for Sarah Palin as he prepares for next month’s vice presidential debate.

Biden predicted that Palin would try to make their debate personal and said he wouldn’t respond in kind if she attacked him.

"She’s going to try to make it as personal as she can. She’s going to take a lot of straight lefts and jabs at me, she’s going to try to get me to respond, she’s going to try to get me to respond in a personal way," Biden said at a fundraiser Tuesday night in Chicago. "That’s not my style. I’m not going to do it."


Michigan state House hopefuls raising record cash

9/10/2008, 3:20 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Candidates for the Michigan House are on a record pace for campaign fundraising headed into November’s election.

Candidates raised $10.4 million and spent $6.9 million for the 2008 election cycle through Aug. 25. That’s according to a report Wednesday from the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network.

The amount raised is up 11.5 percent from the same time in the 2006 election

Lawmakers push to finalize extent of smoking ban


LANSING — A proposed statewide ban on smoking in public and work places could light up the Legislature by next week, as antismoking forces push for action before lawmakers recess Sept. 25 until after the November election.

A final attempt to reach a compromise between the House and Senate will determine whether a smoking ban applies not only to bars and restaurants but also to cigar bars, bingo halls and Detroit’s casinos.

House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, said if a compromise isn’t reached with Senate Republicans, the House will vote on a bill to ban smoking in all public places, something the Senate already has passed.

Jailed ex-official, Cockrel testify in corruption probe

Grand jury hears from councilwoman, former McNamara aide in City Hall investigation.

Paul Egan and Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

DETROIT — The only official sent to prison as a result of an FBI investigation of Wayne County government under Edward H. McNamara, the late political boss, made a surprise appearance at the federal courthouse Wednesday as a grand jury convened to probe alleged corruption at Detroit City Hall.

The grand jury heard evidence Wednesday from former county official Wilbourne Kelley III, Detroit City Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel and former Cobo Center director Lou Pavledes.

Kelley, a former top airport official who was not due to be released until next month, provides a link between a lengthy investigation of Wayne County that netted little in the way of convictions and a long-running city of Detroit probe that has heated up considerably in the past few months.


Palin Lifts McCain’s Support

September 10, 2008; Page A1

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate has shaken up the presidential race, lifting enthusiasm among his once-subdued supporters and boosting the ticket’s appeal with women, rural voters and Southerners.

The new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll also shows that a majority of voters say they are comfortable with the idea of the first-term Alaska governor as vice president, despite a national debate over whether she is experienced enough for the job.

ABC plans prime-time Palin special

Sep 10, 8:03 PM (ET)

NEW YORK (AP) – Charles Gibson’s interviews with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will form the basis of a special prime-time edition of "20/20" Friday, ABC said Wednesday.

Gibson is traveling to Fairbanks and Wasilla, Alaska, for the first TV interviews with Palin since she was selected as John McCain’s running mate. The first excerpts of the talks will be shown on "World News" Thursday.

Gibson is having three separate interviews with Palin, ABC said. Parts of the interviews will be spread around other ABC news programs, including "Nightline" and "Good Morning America."