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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Make hunger history

by Terry Link
As we enter the colder months and the holiday season, the face of hunger in our community will be brought closer. The annual giving requests will pour in from the charities that work to address the immediate needs of the hungry.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Hide and seek

by Terry Link
Even the most market crazy economist believes that for markets to work their magic there needs to be accurate information available for consumers. Joseph Stiglitz got his Nobel recognition precisely for his work affirming this bedrock principle of neo-liberal economics.
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Wednesday, September 5,2012

The global-local connections

by Terry Link
Sorry for the gulf between columns. I had the privilege of visiting West Africa — specifically, Burkina Faso and Senegal — last month as part of a small delegation from Lansing. Dropping in for a short time hardly makes me an authority on anything I experienced, but I was awakened to a world hitherto only glimpsed through books and TV disaster snippets.
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Wednesday, June 20,2012

BALLE-hooing local businesses

by Terry Link
Rapids of locally owned businesses. It was a whirlwind of entrepreneurs from all regions of the country, sharing their energy, successes and pitfalls freely with one another in an atmosphere of”can-do-ness.” Young and old (Grace Lee Boggs, 93-year-old matriarch for social justice from Detroit, gave a sterling keynote from her wheelchair); black, brown, white and all colors in between; bankers and bakers, bookstore and film theater owners, restaurateurs and farmers, architects and manufacturers were all represented.
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Wednesday, May 30,2012

How local is local?

by Terry Link
This column tries to focus on “local” as part of the sustainability ethos, where we minimize our ecological footprint while strengthening our social fabric and sharing our economic prosperity.
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Wednesday, April 18,2012

'Go Local' means invest local

by Terry Link
Unbeknownst to me, we exercised a similar approach locally in the past couple of months. A local businessperson was stymied in an attempt to accelerate her business because of a needed immediate infusion of about $1,500. Insufficient cash flow in her business was going to delay this significant business accelerator for months.
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Wednesday, March 28,2012

The Year of Cooperatives

by Terry Link
How little we know of the larger world around us. Point of order: How many readers knew that the UN has made this the International Year of Cooperatives? I stumbled upon this fact recently when I was working with the East Lansing Food Co-op and looking for examples of how businesses organize themselves.
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Wednesday, February 29,2012

Politics and your food

by Terry Link
Ahh, 2012: Leap Year, a presidential election and the beginning of the rest of our lives. Michigan is not immune to the onslaught of negative campaigning that swamped Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and other states whose primary elections are over.
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Wednesday, January 25,2012

Act globally, think locally

by Terry Link
Although we do occasionally think of those who struggle in our own local community, a sustainability worldview believes we are linked to everyone as one human family, sharing one single planet, with one common future.
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Wednesday, December 28,2011

Support businesses who share the wealth

by Terry Link
Who doesn't love a discount? Still, I don't want to balance my retail savings on the shoulders of underpaid help. That's one reason I avoid Walmart and Sam's Club.
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