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posted Feb 27, 2012, 4:45 AM by   [ updated Feb 27, 2012, 4:47 AM ]

Put Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 7:00 p.m. on your calendar to attend a public hearing at the Clinton County Courthouse, 100 E. State Street, St. Johns where Commissioners and staff will discuss absorbing the Register of Deeds (ROD) with the County Clerk's Office. 

Residents during this election year, will be hearing more political rhetoric creating the illusion of efficient government.  With little or no expected cost savings, it is unclear how consolidation will benefit Clinton County.  I expect to hear this merger will have no negative effects on our land records system.  Mega departments normally lack management, accountability, and responsiveness of direct government.  If they eliminate an elected office, our Commissioners have zero accountability to voters through dealing only with budgets, not department performance.

One consequence is less oversight of MERS (Mortgage Electronic Registration System), Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and other big business who attempt to exploit the land records system for their advantage.  Weakening the ROD office leaves you and your land records increasingly vulnerable to abuse.

Please attend this one-time chance to stop this unjustified maneuver to weaken our local government.  If you are unable to attend, contact your county commissioner asking for accountability in removing an independent elected office that is accountable directly to  Clinton County citizens.

Clinton County Board of Commissioners
Contact List

David Pohl – 989-593-2688,
Larry Martin – 989-834-2644,
Bruce DeLong – 989-224-3431,
Jack Enderle – 517-669-9355,
Robert Showers – 517-669-3732,
Jamie Clover Adams – 517-323-2604,
Adam Stacey – 517-339-6919,


This opinion is written by Marie E. Howe who is solely responsible and absolves the Clinton County Democratic Party from any responsibility to the contents.  Thank you.

Big Mike Breaks Down the Deficit Debate

posted Apr 23, 2011, 1:34 PM by CCD Editor   [ updated Apr 23, 2011, 1:48 PM ]

Here's a quick explanation of today's current debate on the national budget deficit.

Though the State of Michigan is not paying for wars, Governor Snyder and our local representatives Paul Opsommer and Ben Glardon also think we need to increase the burden of housing, food, and schooling for the very poorest and reduce taxes to the richest companies and individuals in Michigan.

Legislators in the Democratic Party recommend a different course -- especially since the economic hardships in Michigan were not caused by the working poor, but instead by complicated global investments and poor banking practices.

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