Dexter Forum Notes 08-04-18

Moderator John Hansen’s notes:

It’s just like Times Square in New York City on New Year’s Eve but instead of the glittering ball dropping it will be tacos.  10-9-8-7-??  Just not sure if those are days or weeks.

We had another update on the fire station/city hall project.   No solid timeline yet but we expect the taco situation to be resolved first.

New guy Bob McGill raised the bar for us a little by bringing up the policy issue of a universal minimum income.  He was aware of an experiment in Canada involving 1,000 families that didn’t go very well.  Others reported success with similar ideas in Finland.  Something to think about.

The infomercials clustered around next weeks celebration of Dexter Daze and the related fundraisers.

Terry Aiuto, the Republican candidate for State Representative in District 52, introduced herself and asked for our take on the important issues in District 52.  That took us down the road to the subject of roads – surprise, surprise.

We also got to meet Mara Greatorex who is one of three candidates running for one of the two open seats on the Dexter Community Schools Board of Education.  School board races are non-partisan so her name will be on the November ballot.

The big issue on the primary ballot next week is surely the race for governor.  We know that we will have a new governor and although we have our favorite in our own party there is always a chance that the other party will prevail.  So Karl and I asked each other to explain which candidate we would prefer in the case that our own party lost in the general election.  It turns out that Karl and I both value experience and people of moderate temperament.  He chose Senator Whitmer and I chose Lt. Gov. Calley.  The general mood in the room seemed to be that there were reasonable choices on both sides.

The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, August 18 at 8:30 AM at  Wellness Center.

The Dexter Forum is supported by the Dexter Wellness Coalition as part of the 5 Healthy Towns initiative to “help connect with others in healthy ways”.  The purpose of the Forum is to create an opportunity for interested women and men to gather to discuss important issues facing our community.  All are welcome on a drop-in basis.  The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

The Forum is co-moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.

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