Month: August 2016

Lockport News

The Lockport Township Board Monday approved putting language on the ballot for the Nov. 8 election seeking one mill for fire protection and 0.5 mill for ambulance and emergency medical services.

Lockport passes resolution for ballot language. Read More.

Lockport Township attorney Seth Koches updated the township board Monday on the status of litigation between the township and city over annexation of an approximately 80-acre parcel of township property between N. Main Street and Buckhorn Road where the city seeks to locate a sports complex. Lockport Township does not want the land annexed.

Lockport Township receives update on lawsuit. Read More.

The 2016 Saint Joseph County, Michigan Primary is today

Remember the 2016 Saint Joseph County, Michigan Primary is today. The polls are open until 8:00 pm tonight and I suspect there will be short lines so the time spent there should be minimal.Saint Joseph County Court House

District 1: No primary for this district today. So this race will be between Allen Balog (the incumbent) and Cody Sharpe in November. FYI – Allen is the Republican and Cody is the Democrat.

District 2: Don Eaton (the incumbent) from Burr Oak Township is being challenged by Chad Behrens and Kathy Pangle both from Mendon. FYI – All three are Republicans and there is not a Democrat challenger for this seat.

District 3:  Dennis Allen and Heather Bright both from Centerville  and John Hyden from Three Rivers. FYI – All three are Republicans. The winner of this race will go up against Tim Carls the Democrat in November.

District 4 and 5 are not in contest this time around so no challenge at the polls this time around for these seats. Dan Czajkowski is running for the 4th District seat and John Dobberteen for the 5th.

County Clerk:  Melissa Marsh from Fabius Township and Lindsay Oswald from Lockport Township. FYI: Both are Republicans.

County Treasurer: Judie Ratering from Park Township (the incumbent) is running against Gwen Donmyer from Sturgis.

For more polling information see these two posts on WLKM’s news site

Michigan Supreme Court drops interest in marijuana bust

After hearing arguments, the state Supreme Court has dropped interest in a case involving police tactics during a marijuana bust in southwestern Michigan. The issue was whether deputies in St. Joseph County acted legally when they walked to the rear of a home and suspected there was marijuana inside. Moments earlier, they had knocked at a different door and got no answer.

Read more at WLKM’s News Site.

Can we decriminalize marijuana use already?  The fact that the police were even investigating a home where they suspected marijuana was inside is just a waste of police resources. There are just so many other things that I would prefer that police spend their limited resources on than this. Not only that but we could free up a lot of space in our over crowded detention centers by eliminating a large potion of non-violent “criminal” offenders.

Having said that I don’t know anything about this case other then what I read in this article so maybe my perspective is out of context with (all) the facts. However, even if that is the case I still believe that marijuana use should be decriminalized and we should rethink how we deal with non-violent crimes.