ELECTION 2014

Congratulations Karen Wrzesinski Goodman on winning a seat on the Manistee County Commission. You gave reasons and goals in your pursuit for representing the 6th District and the voters listened. Thank you.

 

 

TALKING TRACK

Why was the MHS running track never maintained after it was built in about 1980? Martin-Marietta was a major contributor only to have MAPS let it deteriorate year after year until it was unusable. With enrollment declining every year and the school’s fund balance low, is it realistic to think the district will have funds […]

 

 

PUT OUR TOWN ABOVE EVERYBODY ELSE

This is Ed Seng’s vision for Manistee but will that happen? The City Council is now re-visiting the Peninsula Project with much discussion about what seems to be a convoluted dialog that is not clear to anyone. It is a positive move on council’s part, unless this is nothing more than a political ploy in […]

 

 

MANISTEE AND ST. JOSEPH MICHIGAN…SIMILARITY AND SCURTINY

Both towns on the coast of Lake Michigan, comparable in size and both with an association with Abonmarche. Both have dealt with questionable practices of new hires, investigations of wrong doing and the use of tax payer dollars. The Herald-Palladium wisely scrutinized and published information that only residents and subscribers of the Manistee News Advocate […]

 

 

TRANSPARENCY, TRUTHFULLNESS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND HOW WE COMMUNICATE IN YEAR 2014

How many are calling for transparency, truthfulness and accountability from the Office of the Presidency right on down to local governments? We are demanding answers and what better way than to use social media as a means of communication. Is it better to communicate face to face or take a chance that dishonesty will override […]

 

 

The Library

Why wouldn’t all county commissioners want to support the invaluable Manistee County Public Library? What are the reasons four commissioners are hesitant to vote in favor of $40,000 for the upgrades needed for the heating and cooling system at the main library? The following is a comment that was posted in the online edition of […]

 

 

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One hundred seventeen graduated from Manistee High School, that number includes seven foreign exchange students. How much lower will that number go when the only focus is on tourism? How many tourist related businesses have owners that are filling the empty seats in the classrooms? How many graduates, not only from our high schools but […]

 

 

WE DESERVE MUCH BETTER

The city of Manistee and Manistee County residents deserve much better representation by elected/appointed officials. We deserve ALL city council members to acknowledge the concerns of ALL taxpaying residents who address them either in person or an alternate means of communication. Their unprofessionalism is evident meeting after meeting. If any cannot show the common courtesy […]

 

 

TWELFTH and UM, UM, UM OAK STREET

Big summit on Tuesday among city and county officials to address a solution of the completely deteriorated 12 th Street, leading to MHS. One concern the City Manager has is with the curvature in the road but is it a major curve or just a hiccup or jog in the road. Does Manager Deisch think […]

 

 

FEBRUARY TO NOVEMBER

Nine months from the moment of conception to the moment of birth, new life, new hope and new beginnings. February opened a conversation on the Real Manistee FB page of what needs to be accomplished in Manistee to bring new life back to the town; November will be the month a change for the better, […]

 

 

TWO YEARS UP AND RUNNING WITH NO PLANS TO RETIRE OR CHANGE

February 24, 2012 Manistee Speaks was up and running on the World Wide Web and I believe the first and only of its kind for Manistee.  I didn’t know what to expect but only knew it was time to talk openly about things that were not being done locally.  The following week the Manistee News […]

 

 

WHEN DID WE LOSE OUR WAY?

How did we get from a flourishing industrial town down to one that rejects any sort of manufacturing?  The shores of Manistee Lake should be filled with manufactures making full use of the river channel. Manufacturing is not dead it is unwanted in Manistee County.  In the mid sixties when the first sizable manufacturer, Clark […]

 

 

COMMON SENSE V.S. HIGH TECH

Moving this discussion from Just Stuff to its own discussion page. Linda Bladzik • Grab today’s news paper, 1-29-14, read about the mess that county residents are going though because Intrado told County Planner Carson the name of the road had to be changed, never mind no one seemed to have a problem for many […]

 

 

THE DOMINO EFFECT DUE TO THE LACK OF EMPLOYMENT

has affected the Catholic Community with the announcement of the closing of both Guardian Angels Church and St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel  Shrine. It has been a long time coming and now it has happened. Change will not come easy for the parishioners who called their church their own but the same God is in […]

 

 

Finally some very good news for Manistee County

Tomorrow’s Manistee News Advocate has an article “Steel mill plans unveiled” in Manistee Township. Read all about it!   And now city council needs to  see that Ed Seng opens his business  and with Meijer being just about a sure thing…finally Manistee will move forward.

 

 

Should River St be turned into a two way street again?

I say NO and it has to be up to the people of Manistee, not the DDA and not the council but  by the people. Please speak out.

 

 

Mr. Kay of the DDA

This paid ad was published in the Manistee News Advocate  Saturday January11,2014 after a correspondence with a taxpayer of Manistee.  It is obvious Mr. Kay knows nothing about Manistee and should have educated himself before he spoke. “THE REAL MANISTEE” Believes in the residents, jobs, free enterprise, and competitive prices – But does the DDA? […]

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT CHANDLER AND MAPS BOARD OF EDUCATION

Letters to the Editor continue to be written and printed in the Manistee News Advocate on the lack of leadership and complete disregard of the employees of MAPS. Unlike Superintendent Chandler’s speedy response to a Letter to the Editor previously, there is now dead silence. http://www.manisteespeaks.com/2012/09/21/one-opinion-gets-a-speedy-reply/ A letter submitted by John and Sarah Helge and […]

 

 

A WONDERFUL THEATRE OR A WELFARE THEATRE?

  The December 4, 2013 edition of the Manistee News Advocate published “Our View” titled “It’s a wonderful…theater”. This was just a day before the Sleighbell Weekend festivities began along with the Civic Players production of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at the Ramsdell Theatre. The article was most likely meant to advertise the crown jewel […]

 

 

NOT BAD FOR AN OLD ORCHARD

  was the headline of guest columnist Glenn Zaring in a piece printed in the November 21, 2013 edition of the Manistee News Advocate. The article caught my attention for a reason so I read and re-read a few times trying to understand Mr. Zaring’s point of the commentary. Mr. Zaring is a tribal member […]

 

 

AND JUST HOW CONCERNED ARE THE COUNCIL AND MANAGER?

  If you haven’t seen the coverage of the last council meeting, December 3, 2013 you might want to check it out and see what response a longtime resident got from the Manager and all but two council members. Wittlieff was the only one concerned enough to ask questions, Gustad  seemed to be concerned, Zaring […]

 

 

SOMETIMES QUESTIONS DO GET ANSWERS

I contacted the MEDC with some questions and did get answers.   From: Bladzik Linda Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 11:10 AM To: Daniel Leonard Subject: Mr. Leonard, I have been directed to you again by MEDC as we have had a previous conversation about frivolous spending of tax dollars.  I do have a couple […]

 

 

THE REAL MANISTEE

Kudos to the tax paying residents of Quincy St. who have spoken out by way of paying for an ad in the local paper. The ad along with a picture says, “The Manistee City Council ALWAYS has matching money for their agenda items but NEVER has money for the needs of the residents.  Improperly graded […]

 

 

Just Stuff…

  http://record-eagle.com/local/x1472213789/Goodwill-to-develop-food-truck      

 

 

NO FIRE DRILLS AT MANISTEE HIGH SCHOOL and OTHER SAFETY ISSUES

 9&10 news did a report on school safety and come to find out Manistee High School did not do any fire drills this past school year because of a bomb threat. The bomb threat was at least two years ago and law enforcement could not find whoever hacked the system and sent out emails.  Who […]

 

 

Grassroots?????

  According to the article in today’s (5-17-13) MNA the DDA Director says, “ Main Street is really meant to be a grassroots, community based model for downtown revitalization. It’s not meant to be governmental based and it’s not meant to be organization based. I think we really exemplify that here in Manistee.”  The next […]

 

 

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS and MORE QUESTIONS

Does City Council ever listen to the suggestions made by the various commissions or residents?  Will the current Planning commission requests land on deaf ears with possibly a member or two being dismissed?  Requests have been made regarding the ‘beach projects’…will the Council or the Manager even give these issues any consideration at all?   […]

 

 

AT LAST….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnxvHFWLMO8   What a great day for Manistee County when a real true life discussion has started to get us up speed on the shopping habits of the times, without having to drive for miles into a neighboring county!!!!   There will be and should be questions from Manistee Township’s Planning commission although […]

 

 

HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR MR. BACON

  how long would it have taken the Manistee Housing Commission to be aware of the inconsistencies in following the by-laws and city ordinances that have now been confirmed and are corrected phase?  Why did it take one new member of the commission to question the unpleasant and unsafe living conditions in the once only […]

 

 

A GOOD FIT?

  No, not referring to the glove in the OJ trial but the words of the DDA Director. “It doesn’t do any good to fill a vacant storefront with a business that has a flawed business model and won’t be in business for long.”  Not saying at all that The Blue Cow is a flawed […]

 

 

A Generation X Perspective

I’ve noticed a lot of “older” people commenting on topics of progress for Manistee. There aren’t very many Generation X perspectives. I graduated from Manistee High School in 1996, and in the past 15 years, I’ve lived in Manistee for about nine additional months. Most of my graduating class does not live in Manistee, nor […]

 

 

Many empty buildings…

  There are many vacant commercial buildings on River St., Washington St., First St., Sibben St., Cleveland St., and Arthur St. Some have sat unoccupied for so long, they are nearly in a state of disrepair.  Are these buildings just listed by a realtor or are they marketed by the City of Manistee, the DDA, […]

 

 

Meijer in Manistee: Rumor or Reality

Everyone seems to have a different spin on if Meijer will set up shop in Manistee.  Some say land has been sold to the Michigan based retailer in the US 31 and M 55 area and demolition of the former Dry Dock has begun. Some say Meijer’s only purchased the land so a competitive retailer, […]

 

 

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