Ten days ago, if asked to make a list of the top 200 Washington lawmakers most likely to speak out against President George Bush, odds are no one in West Michigan would have placed U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra on that list. Hailing from one of the most dense “Bush Country” regions on the planet, the Lakeshore Republican is an even more unlikely choice as Truthdigger of the Week by liberal Webzine Truthdig.com.
As widely reported, Hoekstra, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, rebuked the White House in a four-page letter for its potentially illegal failures to inform Congress of secret intelligence programs.
“The U.S. Congress simply should not have to play ‘20 Questions’ to get the information it deserves under our Constitution.”
It will be interesting to see if this is an isolated incident, or the makings of a rift in the national GOP. If the latter, it will be interesting to see the effect on
Also interesting was The New York Times story which included the pronunciation of “HOOK-stra.” And that city was founded by the Dutch.
- The July 14 enactment date for the city of
strip club ordinance came and went. Grand Rapids
According to the good folks at WXMI-TV FOX 17, the city has funneled roughly $10,000 into the coffers of
That’s about it. Nothing gained or lost but taxpayer cash, media coverage and lawyer fees.
- Conflicting marketing materials make for Street Talk clarifications. This column made a big deal out of the local American Marketing Association chapter not being included in a communications professionals networking event last Thursday hosted by Ad 2 West Michigan and the local chapters of Ad Club and the Pubic Relations Society of America.
Turns out, AMA was there after all, but you wouldn’t know from reading invitations from the other three groups. The AMA’s invitation, however, left out Ad 2 West Michigan.
- The office furniture deal of the year came and went last month, as more than $52,000 worth of Herman Miller desks, chairs and filing cabinets were sold for just over $4,000 to an unnamed bidder.
The lot was purchased last year by
On the plus side, that was in Canadian dollars.
- Christmas could come a few weeks early this year for area businesses, if Don Stypula is right. The Grand Valley Metro Council executive director keeps close tabs on the actions of
lawmakers and he said last week that he expects legislators not only to eliminate the Single Business Tax, but also wipe out the personal property tax. He said both would be gone in early December, without any revenue replacements under the tree. Lansing
“Eliminating those will leave a $4 billion hole in the budget,” he said.
As for area cities and townships, Stypula indicated that they might find a lump of coal in their holiday stockings rather than a larger revenue-sharing check from
“Revenue sharing will not be going up, by 2 percent or any other number,” he said. “The first two weeks of December has the potential to be, well, awful.” Happy holidays!
- Kent County Chairman Roger Morgan filled out his starting lineup for the committee he created to determine the role the county should play in the much talked about West Michigan Sports Commission. He added Wayman Britt to the roster.
A defensive hardwood standout for the
- Outgoing Business Journal reporter/incoming WYCE-FM station manager
Kevin Murphylearned a valuable lesson about journalism last week: You can’t keep a secret in a newsroom.
When Murphy returned from a weeklong vacation on Monday, during which he accepted his new challenge at the
With an errant comment from a media center board member, a WYCE DJ’s blog and a call to Murphy’s new boss, we had all the makings of an internal mystery development, though nowhere near the riverfront.
So, as a consolation for all those who lived in fear during last spring’s River Grand mystery phenomenon, the investigative pack is more than happy to turn on its own if it smells a scoop.
Good luck, Kevin.