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Roundup: Consolidation, Vaccination, Exhibitionism and More

Lots of good stuff out there to read today:

--John Mogk gives a compelling argument on why Detroit needs to consolidate its residents (and stop selling its empty land to speculators) in today's Detroit News. Mogk is a Wayne State University law professor, former Detroit school board member and chair of the Michigan Council on Labor and Economic Growth.

A highlight:

Nearly 40 percent of the city's 140 square miles is already vacant or sparsely populated. As foreclosures and abandonment continue to spread in every neighborhood, the vacant areas will soon increase, perhaps to half of the city's area or more. The fact remains that many neighborhoods need to be phased out, but few if any will be willing to plan themselves out of existence.

--Regular blog readers may remember reading about Kalyn Risker, founder of Detroit-based Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment. She's featured in a great article, also in today's Detroit News, about how Michigan's economy is putting more stress on domestic-violence shelters and non-profit organizations.

--The Centers for Disease Control were in Michigan today to advocate more people getting the N1H1 vaccine. PLEASE get this shot if you haven't already. I wish I had. I am going into the second week of recovering, having picked up this nasty flu somewhere over the Thanksgiving week. It is the most horrendous illness I have ever experienced. Besides the days of body aches, chills and fever topping 103 degrees, it has put my family and friends at risk. Both of my children are getting the vaccine this weekend.

--I was shocked to hear the negative comments on our news radio station, WWJ-AM, regarding a decision Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee to approve legislation that allows women to breast feed their children in public. One person claimed women who would nurse in public are "exhibitionists." You've got to be kidding me. Since when is the most natural thing in the world -- feeding your child -- a sexual act? Bottles are allowed in public; why not the breast? When I nursed, I struggled to overcome my fears and feed my children wherever we were when they were hungry. Ultimately, it was empowering.

More interesting, in-depth, independently reported blog posting coming -- as soon as the illness fully clears and lets me think again.

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