(The 59th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



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    So, let me see.

    Back in the late 1960s and very early 1970s, my mother's father was the half-owner of a hardware store in Benton Harbor, which is Berrien County of the Lower Peninsula (of Michigan).  I got to visit it from time to time when dad took me and my siblings from Inkster (of Wayne County in Lower Peninsula) to Benton Harbor for visits to my mother's parents.  My grandfather got out of the business in he early 1970s when Benton Harbor was beginning to fall apart--the amount of theft was increasing, and, generally speaking, discipline was being put on the wayside by the people of Benton Harbor.  The hardware store was called Empire Hardware, and since the 1970s, Benton Harbor has been no "empire," and, in fact, it has been a dead city (for one, having been in receivership to the State of Michigan), and that is too bad, and so it goes by promoting to citizens the ideas of getting something for nothing, having to do nothing to get something, putting in no effort to be individuals, et cetera, which is the way promoted by those who wish to keep others in slavery--and that is communism, Marxism, socialism, et cetera.

    I have not been to Benton Harbor since the very late 1970s or very early 1980s, when I went to see the beach along Lake Michigan that I had had fun at when I was a boy, and, in essence, three decades have passed and nothing has been gained at Benton Harbor, and, again this year, if I go to a beach, I shall go to some other city or town or place.

    Along US-2 in Mackinac County of the Upper Peninsula, there are many spots where I, as anyone else, could stop to play around on beach or relax on beach sand, and, of course, I shall "hope" and have "hope" that I shall see bikini gals, and that "hope" does not come from any president.

    If I were to go to a spot of beach along US-2 in Mackinac County this summer, I wonder how the traffic will be--I expect it to be down from what was the rule in the 1990s, when I wrote traffic reports for or announced traffic reports on radio stations.  On March 9, 2009, I did a spot check of the Mackinac Bridge, which is the bridge that links St. Ignace (of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan) with Mackinaw City (of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan), to see what the "traffic counts" for the bridge have been for the last several months.  The information is from the Mackinac Bridge Authority, and the information compares the same months of 2007 with the same months of 2008.  For June 2008, the amount of traffic was down 11.2 percent over the amount of June 2007; July 2008 was down 12.6 percent; August 2008 was down 3.8 percent; September 2008 was down 17.2 percent; October 2008 was down 5.8 percent; November 2008 was down 7.3 percent; and December 2008 was down 10.2 percent.  Incidentally, January 2009 was down 1.1 percent over January 2008.  It looks as if the traffic will be lighter, but maybe it will not be.

    When more and more travel is restricted by the nonsense about "global warming" or "climate change" related to carbon dioxide and what humans are doing, then the traffic will go down to all the tourist places in the state, such as those in Detroit.  It is "carbon monoxide" that is bad.  Carbon dioxide is what you exhale and what is used by plants to grow, which give off oxygen, which you use to live by breathing oxygen.

    On Tuesday, February 24, 2009, Barack Obama gave a speech to the U.S. Congress and others, and he mentioned that he is pushing for "cap and trade."  "Cap and trade" is a garbage idea and is bad for everyone, even everyone in Detroit.  "Cap and trade" has nothing to do with blocking products made in other countries from being shipped in to this country and sold, as--I bet--many people, especially people in Detroit, believe the idea of "cap and trade" is about.  (I wonder how many viewers watching the speech thought Barack Obama was promoting something great when he promoted the "cap and trade" idea?)  "Cap and trade" is nothing more than a tax system on entities and people who give off or product carbon dioxide--the government will set maximum limits and will tax people and entities that exceed the limits.  Through the system, it is the citizens who end up paying the tax when they buy products and services (costs get passed on to consumers), and that will especially hurt low-income individuals, who will then have to pay more for products and services.  Barack Obama promotes stuff that will hurt the people of Detroit and the other places of Michigan, and that is a sign of a bad man, and it will affect the tourism trade of Detroit and all other places of Michigan.  Incidentally, "cap and trade" is tied to the false idea that humans are causing "global warming" or "climate change" and seriously hurting the planet, and that is garbage, and "cap and trade" is nothing to be cheered for.  (Remember: In the previous edition of Michigan Travel Tips, I noted that the Detroit Free Press had another garbage article about the planet entitled "Time's short for planet" ("Time's short for planet." Detroit Free Press, 1 February 2009, pp. 1C and 4C.), in which staffers of the newspaper said that, in essence, we're all going to die soon because we're killing the planet.)

    Oh, the last I knew, around the first of the year, the employment rate in Detroit was about 21 percent, and given that information, I know Detroit cannot afford to lose more tourism dollars based on nonsense "cap and trade" and "global warming" or "climate change"; recently, the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is located in the "Cultural Center" of Detroit made cutbacks, letting some employees go.

    In January 2008, Barack Obama said, "...Under my plan, of, ah, a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket, even, regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad, because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal-powered plants, natural gas, you name it were, whatever the industry was, they would have to, ah, retrofit their operations, and that will cost money, they will pass that money on to consumers...."  (So, let me see, when you hear "cap and trade" being promoted, you had better worry and be frightened, since that it will be ruin tourism, the creation of businesses, and the creation of jobs, and you will have less money.)

    In the early 1970s, I often rode the city buses in Detroit to get from the Culture Center, where Wayne State University was and is located, to downtown Detroit and then from downtown Detroit to Inkster, and I did that in warm weather and cold weather (such as when it was snowing) and after dark, and that is another thing that has been lost by Detroit, traveling safe by bus at late in the day by non-Detroiters, because, like Benton Harbor, discipline has been forgotten and more, and guys and gals have given up on being individuals--willing to let socialists and such keep them down and enslaved.  (Remember: Kenneth Cockrel, Sr., who was certainly at least a socialist and radical, was or is Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.'s father, and there is no good legacy in existence for what Kenneth Cockrel, Sr., did for Detroit.)

    The Undisputed Truth noted in a song (in the early 1970s) that you should be aware of smiling faces--sometimes.

    Your travel tip of Michigan in this edition of Michigan Travel Tips is:

    The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.

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File date: 10 March 2009

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