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Wednesday, April 23,2014

When anchors spend, we win

How the local economy could thrive if major institutions adopt local-purchasing policies

by Terry Link
In the last column, I referred to Michigan State University as an anchor in our community. It is the kind of institution that isn’t likely to pick up and move away because profits don’t meet the owners’ expectations. Other anchor institutions like hospitals, government and schools are more deeply connected to place.
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Wednesday, March 12,2014

Rethinking MSU’s endowment

Some ideas on how MSU’s $2 billion endowment might be spent to benefit the local economy

by Terry Link
The public relations team at Michigan State University did a fine job getting out the word about the school’s growing endowment recently. And the State Journal genuflected nicely towards its financial success in an editorial.
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Wednesday, January 22,2014

Making marimbas

MSU grad student chronicles his quest to make music with local materials

by Terry Link
Perhaps it was an interest born when my son was a high-school percussionist who played a solo marimba piece in a statewide competition.
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Wednesday, December 4,2013

Reframing government budgets

by Terry Link
There has been an increase of late in letters to our local paper calling for a national balanced budget amendment. The fact that they have appeared in clusters suggest a campaign by some entity. For the most part, these letters express the sentiment that not only is government spending at the root of all of our problems, but that government itself is the problem.
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Wednesday, November 13,2013

‘Green’ businesses, where art thou?

by Terry Link
The Lansing metro area is home to roughly 500,000 of us. Now, a city of that size should be able to offer a pretty diverse array of products and services that provide employment to many. In recent conversations, I’ve begun to hear about what’s missing from the area, what might be considered business opportunities or at least an expansion of existing businesses to fill the niches that are not being covered.
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Wednesday, September 4,2013

Why local matters

by Terry Link
I received some useful comments on the last column from folks who want to support local businesses, especially those that match their values, which is sometimes still a challenge. But a little progress has been made on at least one level.
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Wednesday, August 21,2013

Whole Foods and conscientious consumption

by Terry Link
The recent announcement that our community will have a new Whole Foods store has many excited. But I’m wondering whether this development — offering 100 new jobs that typically pay above minimum wage, as well as new brands and selections of prepared foods from which to choose — will be completely beneficial.
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Wednesday, July 10,2013

Putting pressure on fossil fuels

by Terry Link
Like the students and faculty who led Michigan State University to be the first public university to divest from firms doing business with apartheid South Africa, today's MSU students with the Fossil Free Campaign have a mission: Pressuring the administration to divest its endowment holdings from fossil fuel companies.
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Wednesday, June 12,2013

Food system needs more transparency

by Terry Link
Transparency declaration: I like food!! The older I get, the more time I attend to it and the more I find myself savoring good food — grown and produced with care, cooked with attention to detail, not just slopped on the plate.
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Wednesday, March 27,2013

Finding fair trade in E.L.

by Terry Link
Fair trade or free trade? How many understand the differences between them? As many of you know, I prefer fair trade, buying local when possible and linking the local with the global. Perhaps you'll see the advantages as I do.
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