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City council candidates face off at forum

October 17, 2013

ESCANABA — Candidates vying for four-year terms on Escanaba City Council answered various questions with basically similar responses during a candidate forum at city hall Wednesday....

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Oct-18-13 4:57 PM

Escanaba’s history is replete with wishful thinking

about growth,

about jobs, and

about economic development since its early days.

Local newspapers as the Escanaba Tribune, Escanaba Iron Port, Escanaba Daily Mirror, and the Escanaba Daily Press often were full of exuberance about growth.

At the turn of the century, Escanaba boasted of having over 100 bars, and a few good house of ill repute.

Unfortunately what was a ‘concern’ in the good ole days, is still a ‘concern’ today, nothing came of those early expectations,

and clearly the population has dwindled, not grown and nothing has improved to employ our children.

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Oct-18-13 4:55 PM

Then as now,

concern for our children to find local jobs was paramount,

but the only jobs to sustain young people graduating from high school or college, are obtained by leaving the area,

a condition that has existed for too many years.

Growth and jobs, and the ability of our children to live their life here,

are as much as the wishful thinking 150 years ago,

and is still wishful thinking today as well.

The same mantra 80 plus years ago was expressed,

nothing has changed, except the buildings are all older, the streets are padded with patches, and the decent paying jobs are mostly all gone.

If it wasn’t for pensions, welfare, healthcare, the paper mill, auto parts stores and ratsfood places,

there wouldn’t be much left to this place.

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Oct-18-13 4:52 PM

Several candidates expressed positive thinking

about expanding places for beer consumption into the parks for festive occasions…

to bolster the concept of ‘letting the good times roll’.

The league of women voters at another forum,

could further engage these same ’candidates’ on whether they think ill,

about bringing employment to the area,

by bringing in new professional people for a place of repute as well,

just like the good ole days.

Then, as 150 years ago,

and as now, 150 years later, nothing much has changed, only, we've become less prosperous, and the same concerns are still being recited today, as then.

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Oct-17-13 7:59 PM

worst song ever recorded on this planet

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Oct-17-13 12:49 PM

Are they drinking beer?! At a city council meeting? Looks more like a wedding reception to me...

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