In case y’all were not aware, there is an election May 5. I’ll be voting YES on proposal 1, which will raise the sales Tax from 6% to 7% to fund road repairs, schools, and cities. Now, I know you good progressives might be saying “but Gillian, Sales Tax is regressive! Why would you vote for a regressive tax?” It’s not what I would have chosen, but I think *not* passing this would be even worse for low-income folks in particular.
This morning I heard about the passing of Tom Dodd, a longtime high school teacher at Community High, a dedicated Ypsilanti man-about-town, an irrepressible newspaperman, and about the funniest damn guy you could ever ask to meet.
This evening I dropped into Concentrate Media’s speaker event on doing business in downtown Ypsi. In addition to providing free beer (a nice surprise!), the event brought together the owners of some of my favorite downtown businesses for a frank conversation about what it takes to get and keep businesses necessary to create a vibrant downtown.
Seriously. Samosa House! The one on Washtenaw in a jankety strip mall between a Little Ceasar’s and the Smoke Shop. You will not regret it.
On a whim, we decided to go see Edward II last night at the Mix Studio Theatre. I checked out the New Theatre Project, and they’re all about putting on new work, being experimental, breaking the “fourth wall” and giving chances to new actors—all great goals in theory, but I’ve sat through enough bad productions to know that this isn’t typically a recipe for success.