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  •  Kilpatrick and other comments (none)
    From what I've seen, Kilpatrick has built his administration more on style rather than substance.  I don't know much about his potential opponents, but  I wouldn't be surprised if Kilpatrick played the "outsider" card:  paint your opponent as being supported by those who don't live in Detroit...with the clear racial subtext that every one in metro Detroit understands perfectly.  This same dynamic in reverse is why it's been so difficult, for example, to get regional mass transit going.  Demagogues on both sides of 8 Mile really employ this division skillfully, to the detriment of the Detroit area and the state as whole, I'd say.

    I'm glad to see the Great Lakes states banding together to protect the lakes, but I worry that it might be too late.  The relative loss of population is not going to be reversed any time soon, if at all.  I don't want to see the lakes turned into a reservoir for states in the south and west that haven't done well with managing their own water resources and whose local ecosystems can't sustain the growth in population.  It would be a devastating blow.

    And we'll all float on okay - Modest Mouse

    by Linnaeus on Sat Jul 16, 2005 at 07:38:03 AM PDT

    •  You're absolutely right (4.00)
      A columnist for one of the Detroit papers predicted that Kilpatrick will use the same divisive tactics that Young used to get re-elected. Beating up on outsiders and suburbanites is a proven way to win votes--just as Detroit bashing wins votes outstate and in places like Macomb County.
    •  Especially since there are... (none)
      some counties w/absolutely lousy water systems.  Here in Livingston county, I swear I do not know anyone who actually drinks the water, it is that bad!  (My cats had UTI's a couple of years ago and the vet told me to give them bottled water, I swear to God!)  Using the dishwasher is another joke, due to the mineral deposits that remain on glasses!  As for laundry, bleach everything, even if the label says "Do not bleach this garment."  (If you don't it doesn't come clean!)

      My understanding is that parts of Washetenaw county are worse!  ( I honestly find that one difficult to believe!)  But, when every grocery store in the county has at least half of an aisle devoted to nothing but bottled water, plus a machine that dispenses water, that tells you something right there!

      W/that in mind, I cannot understand how Mike Rogers who is supposed to represent this distict
      introduced legislation to deny federal protection to the Great Lakes!  Just blows me away!

      "Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter." William O. Douglas.

      by Street Kid on Sat Jul 16, 2005 at 11:41:31 AM PDT

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      •  Try using water softener in the machine (none)
        You may be getting just enough rust to cause yellowing and water softener will do as much good as bleach and less damage.

        Voice of experience.  We wound up with a potassium water softener and in line iron filters.   :)

        •  You're probably right! (none)
          Don't think apartment complex would spring for that though!

          "Free speech is not to be regulated like diseased cattle and impure butter." William O. Douglas.

          by Street Kid on Sat Jul 16, 2005 at 12:28:58 PM PDT

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          •  There are boxed water softeners at the grocery. (none)
            Look on the shelves with the detergents.   And, that is water softener    not      fabric softener.   I'll bet that if you used up a box with your detergent you could tell the difference.  I think Calgon makes a powdered softener and there are several others.

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