SHORT TAKES: How does a downtown median sound?

By Daily News • Last Updated 1:33 pm on Monday, June 18, 2012

Whaddya think? Greenville’s Downtown Development Authority is taking a second look at putting a median in a couple of blocks of Lafayette Street.

While Michigan’s MDOT could relieve Greenvillians from making the decisions because our main street is also a state highway, maybe local preferences could prevail.

A median would slow traffic through the downtown. Good news for downtown business, because in addition to parking on the street, potential customers could be encouraged to take advantage of the cities ample free parking around the corners.

What are your thoughts?

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The bridge: At this point, it looks like our Gov. Snyder’s effort to bring a few thousand more jobs to Michigan has out-maneuvered the billionaire’s legislator-buying efforts to thwart competition.

Congrats to the governor, but keep your fingers crossed until those jobs appear. Bottom line here is that when Americans are building, Americans are working and Americans are buying. That’s good news for us all.

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The extreme benevolence of government spending somebody else’s money is no surprise to any of us.

But the movement to eliminate tax deductions for charitable contributions is nothing more than government’s attempt to usurp the right of each of us to decide who gets America’s charity. As government takes away each of these freedoms, it makes more people dependent upon political largess. In other words, our tax dollars are buying votes for the governing party.

Let’s keep taxation away from the dollars we wish to give to benefit others. Let the politicians figure out how to balance the budget without those dollars.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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