Month: November 2010

Michigan Offenses Known to Law Enforcement by City, 2009

The F.B.I. has posted the 2009 Crime Statistics broken down by city for Michigan here. Three Rivers makes the top 25 in percentage of total crimes divided by population. In other words I added up all the columns and then divided by the population and then sorted them by the percentage. Three Rivers ranked 30 of 393 cities in violent crimes as a percentage of the population, which makes me wonder how the people on the city commission can claim that Three Rivers doesn’t have a crime problem.

Note: This chart and post was edited after I originally posted it because I was lumping in all crimes together, which didn’t represent the data the way I had intended it to. For the most part the cities and their order stayed the same but there were obviously some differences in ranking and I think this reflects more accurately the point I was trying to make in the original post.

Quantitative Easing Explained


I know nothing about the people that put this together but I have listened to it twice and I believe that it is accurate (as least as much as I understand economics). I don’t pretend to know a lot about economic theory beyond the basics but its seems to me that if this isn’t done in an extremely business friendly environment, which, I think, would include lower taxes and other incentives that this could cause mass inflation. Inflation like we haven’t seen since the 70’s.

Anyway I love the delivery method they used to get the message out because it takes a “boring” subject and makes it interesting by making it fun.

Are we less free?

Reason TV asks, “Are we less free?”

The answer is not as clear cut as I would have imagined. Sheldon Richman discusses the State of Liberty, where its been, where its going and how technology can affect its direction. The video is 6 and 1/2 minutes long and worth each moment. If, for nothing else, the food for thought that it provides. Check it out.

Three Rivers, “The Book”

I first posted about “The Book” on the forum back in 2003. If you haven’t heard about “The Book” it was written by LeBart Beck and covers some history of Three Rivers during the 20’s and 30’s.

The entire book can be read online here. I have also pasted a couple of samples from the Book to give you the flavor.

I remember that the old timers had different names for the Wards of the City. The First Ward was called Three Rivers, Second Ward was Lockport, Third Ward was Canada and Fourth Ward was Brooklyn. I am sure that there was reasoning behind all of this, but I never made an effort to find out what it was. I, as well as most of the other kids, were more concerned with a little saying that we had. It went:

First Ward Sissies
Second Ward Tuffs
Third Ward Cherry Pits
Fourth Ward Bluffs

Now the kids in the First Ward were not really sissies, nor were the Third Warders Cherry Pits, but the Second Warders were Tuffs and the Fourth Warders were definitely Bluffs.

I think that the reason the First Ward kids were called Sissies was because the rest of us thought that they thought they were better than the rest of us. This was not the case, I know, but it was a fact that the most of the “RICH” kids, in town, lived in the First Ward. They had their own baseball gloves and their catcher had his own face mask. Sometimes, when we played them, they would bring two bats to the game. In our case, if the kid, who owned the bat, didn’t show up, for the game, we wouldn’t even have one bat.

Times sure have changed…

In the 1920’s there were several neighborhood stores, in Three Rivers. Let me name the ones that I can think of. There was Phillips, on East Michigan (Third Avenue), east of the High School, on the opposite side of the street. There was Nick Blass’, on the east side of Eighth Street, south of the railroad, Cliff Maystead’s on Broadway near the Paper Mill, Mike Black’s on Third Street, also near the Paper Mill. Wellington’s was on the southeast corner of Broadway and Constantine Street. There was one on Fourth Street North of Broadway, but I don’t remember who operated it. DalPonte’s was on the corner of South Main (Sixth Street) and Pearl Street. There was one on Constantine Street that was later operated by Gene Ferrarotti. There was one on West Michigan, later operated by Lyle and Margurite Ferguson and still later by Frank DalPonte. There was one on Walnut Street that was operated by Floyd Havens and then there was the one on Hoffman Street, west of North Main. There were probably others, but I don’t think of them, right now.


Shank elected Mayor Pro-tem in Three Rivers

I did not expect it but I was very happy to see that Wendy Shank was elected Mayor Pro-tem for the Three Rivers City Commission. She is a independent thinker, which is something that I think is extremely important for that position. I am sure she will do an excellent job and wish to congratulate her for the achievement.

For the details see this post from the River Country Journal: Shank elected Mayor Pro-tem in Three Rivers.

Congratulations Wendy!!!