Russ Gibb at Random

Sorry to Say

July 8, 2004

Some long time supporters of the Dearborn Public Schools are planning to vote NO on the upcoming school Hold Harmless millage. The gripes are: Superintendent of schools Dr. John Artis's handling of the school boundary line changes, the Don Unis flap, and the fact that Dr. Artis chooses to live in Grosse Pointe and not move to Dearborn.


Story Time

July 13, 2004

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican." "I am," replied the man. "How did you know?" "Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Democrat." "I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?" "Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow now, it's my fault."

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Dearborn Memories

July 13, 2004

My eyes misted up after reading "This was my life" on 03/29. I started to remember all of the unique things about Dearborn when I was growing up. Maybe other readers can add to this list.

Hudson's Budget Store, Muirheads (Santa in his igloo), Montgomery Wards, Jacobsons, Federals, Eurich's Furniture and General Store, Cunninghams (green facade), Sanders (tuna fish sandwiches and hot fudge sundaes), Kresge's five and dime (water served in a paper cone), Satellite Bowl, Pine Tree Bowl, Calvin Theater, Dearborn Theater, Camelot Theater, Westborn Theater, Carmen Theater, Dearborn Drive In, Jolly Roger Drive In, St. Joseph's Retreat House, Ford Rotunda (especially at Christmas), Ford Rouge Tours (they're back), Sacred Heart High (Go Shamrocks), St. Alphonsus High (Go Arrows), the Toll Booth on Michigan Ave., Chritmas lights strung ACROSS Michigan Ave., flouride treatments at the libraries, sheep wandering through the Village, swings, slides, merry-go-rounds, sandboxes, teeter totters, and monkey bars-and no lawyers or lawsuits in our local parks. These are just a few of the cherished memories that are forever lost to todays generations. If others have memories, please write in and share them with us all.

An aside to Russ, thank you for your web site. I have moved away from Dearborn but log in at least once a month to catch up.

- P. Locke


A Dearborn School Board Member Writes

July 24, 2004

Nothing could be sadder than a person exercising their petty vindictiveness against children. If one has problems with Artis they should work to change the school board, not punish children for political decisions they do not agree with.
-- James Schoolmaster


A Reader Writes

July 28, 2004

I see where Dearborn School Board Member Jim Schoolmaster is supporting the millage election vote on your site. I agree with him on this issue. However, the other night on TV he was stating how important it is that new hire administrators should live in Dearborn, yet he recently voted to extend Dr. Artis's contract another year. To my knowledge Dr. Artis has not yet moved to Dearborn and is still living in Grosse Pointe. What kind of dual standards is Mr. Schoolmaster supporting?

-- M.B.D.


A Reader Writes

August 9, 2004

This is part of an email sent by the ADC (American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee) ADC has requested that Mayor Guido uphold the City's values of tolerance and understanding and not allow this specific song to be part of Mr. Daniels' performance. They did not want Mr. Daniels to sing a particular song that they disapproved of. Last time I checked the KKK could march, the Nazis could march although we all disapprove of them. But it seems in Dearborn we are to be told what can be sung and what cannot by certain immigrant interest groups. How do you uphold the values of tolerance by banning a song. So in Dearborn we could conceivably have the KKK or the Nazis march, but the ADC wishes a song banned????


If you think immigration is out of control... Read this

August 22, 2004

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Yep, I've gone and done it. I've retired.

August 22, 2004

And now what do I do all day? I sit around planning what I'll do tomorrow and when tomorrow comes I postpone it until the next day. That's retirement.


Bush and Kerry Go Together Like Oil and Matches. . .

August 25, 2004

This is a good laugh.There is a brief commercial beforehand, but it's worth the wait!


Amanda Howe Sentenced

September 1, 2004

Amanda Howe, long time Dearborn resident, lawyer, and two-time candidate to the Michigan House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket, was sentenced today in Judge Somers' courtroom to 30 days in jail, a fine, and most importantly, the loss of her lawyer's license. Amanda was caught embezzling thousands of dollars from the Dearborn Chapter of the American Association of University Women's (AAUW) used book sales.

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