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The Growing Visualization of Our Culture


It’s a stark reality that, as a culture, we are becoming less literate. But book lovers and avid readers should not be disheartened. As the National Education Association has pointed out, “Western civilization has become more dependent than ever on visual culture, visual artifacts, and visual communication as a mode of discourse and a means of developing a social and cultural identity.”

This is a compelling statement, adding to the evidence that suggests that people not only communicate visually more than ever, they also communicate better when they communicate visually. There is hard scientific data that shows a direct correlation between seeing and remembering.

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James Waggoner

Victim of a Data Breach? Steps You Need to Take


In December, tens of millions of Target consumers were affected by one of the largest reported data breaches in history. Nearly four months later, the major retailer hit by this data breach continues to feel the effects resulting, in part, from a loss in consumer confidence. As a business operating in Michigan, it important to understand exactly what steps must be taken should you too become the victim of data breach. 


In July 2007, Michigan joined a number of other states by enacting legislation requiring persons (defined as any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, association or other legal entity) to issue notification to individuals whose “personal identifying information” ...

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Todd Palmer

The Downsides of Increasing Minimum Wage


There has been a lot of noise lately in Washington, D.C. about the potential raise to the national minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour to either $9 or $10.10 per hour. There is a mindset among some Americans that the minimum wage, or entry-level wages, should be substantial enough for an adult head of a household to be able to support a family. That is completely unrealistic.

It seems that some Americans have lost the perspective of who is the target for minimum wage jobs, which are not meant to be career jobs. The people earning the wage are typically entry-level workers — namely, younger individuals with little education and or minimal skill sets.

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Tom Lang

Florida: Warm Alternatives for Michigan Golfers


Florida: Warm Alternatives for Michigan Golfers

Sick and tired of Michigan’s second snowiest winter on record? Planning to go south?

When the golfers in your family or group of friends next head to Florida, put Streamsong Resort and Southern Dunes on your list of courses to visit.

Streamsong, now in just its second year, is getting a ton of recognition in the national press as one of the hottest new courses in the country. This Bowling Green resort, roughly a 60 minute drive south of Lakeland, has two 18-hole courses: the Blue designed by Michigan’s Tom Doak, and the Red designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. The names simply came from the fact that when the trio looked at aerial plans of the property, Doak used a blue sharpie, while Coore ...

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Arthur Siegal

Why Not a Regional Water System?


There have been a flurry of recent articles about Oakland and Macomb counties refusing to sign on to emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s plan for a regional water authority. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has been quoted as saying no deal is better than a bad deal and how can one disagree with that?  However, a regional authority is clearly the right move and every single one of the players at the table should know it. It was the right move for the Detroit Zoo, Cobo Center, the DIA, and now for the water and sewer systems that we all use in southeast Michigan.

What’s infuriating is that we all know this, but it seems less than clear that such a system will be implemented. The current system needs ...

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Michael Angelo Caruso

Being Politically Correct in Metro Detroit


Right now, one of the finest county executives in the country is in big trouble for being politically incorrect.

The city of Detroit is getting lots of media attention these days. 

As someone who lives about three miles from “The D,” I’d like to say that people are buzzing about Detroit’s promising comeback after decades of decline.

Alas, most people are still writing and talking about how much trouble the city is in. Detroit is the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy. Its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, is in prison for a bunch of bad things.

One day last fall, a reporter from The New Yorker visited L. Brooks Patterson, the man who runs Oakland County. Ostensibly, the ...

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