SHORT TAKES: Great weekend to throw a fling

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:04 pm on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

This weekend reminded us all why it’s great to be Michiganians — beautiful blue skies, tons of turtles perched on their logs around our lakes, people out and about on bikes.

And nowhere was the hype of spring more apparent than at the first-ever Spring Fling for Women, organized by The Daily News at Greenville High School. More than 600 women of all ages came not only to shop and sample food, but they also learned about important health topics and got to try their hand at parking a car using hands free parking technology and they got to see some of the latest fashion trends for the spring and summer.

The day couldn’t have happened without a ton of collaboration. Special thanks to Spectrum Health United Hospital, Ed Koehn Ford Lincoln, WGLM and Greenville Public Schools. Other folks who helped make this day a success were Montcalm Community College, Metron Integrated Health Systems, Candlestone Golf and Resort, Vogue Home Furnishings, Clifford Lake Inn and Astera Credit Union.

We’re already looking forward to an even better Fling for 2014.

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Michigan has a regulatory dilemma: The new bill being proposed to lower auto insurance costs. The proposal would offer alternatives to the present plan. It’s easy to understand why there’s support for change: We’re No. 2 in the nation in auto insurance costs. It’s because our automobile registration and subsequent no-fault auto insurance gives unlimited medical cost benefits to automobile accident victims.

Proponents of the status quo argue that catastrophic injuries can result in multi-million dollar medical costs. We are sensitive to those needs.

However, Michigan insurers run the state’s Catastrophic Claims program with a committee that has little or no legislative input at a time when hospital care costs are skyrocketing. Their program demands more money each year.

Furthermore, the insurance companies’ financial records relative to this multi-billion dollar program are not public. What’s going on here?

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Michigan’s public schools are facing a major legislative menu change — and challenge — especially from private, charter, cyber, and for-profit organizations that would dramatically alter K-12 as we know it. Arguably, the crisis was assisted by the longtime K-12 public education industry’s reluctance to challenge union-inspired insistence on the status-quo.

Greenville Public Schools has been an exception. Janet Ralph, president of Greenville Public Schools Board of Education, has long been an advocate of meaningful change, as well as a protector of what’s working well in our schools. We look forward to further Daily News columns from Janet Ralph as she reflects on the upcoming proposals for funding Michigan public education, and the probable effect on local schools.

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

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