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Be prepared for a lengthy ballot

This November, voters should anticipate more than 18 ballot proposals. This will undoubtedly make for a challenging time at the polls as unprepared voters attempt to navigate. Most voters are currently being inundated with conflicting information and a barrage of negative advertising. It will be important this election cycle to be prepared for three pages of initiatives that require careful reading.

This week, we prepared a voters’ guide on the array of state, county and city ballot proposals (See State and Nation, page A5.) The guide should help voters anticipate ballot language and issues. If possible, vote early or by absentee ballot. Bring notes to the polls because many will prey on citizen confusion and long lines. Endorsements forthcoming.



We often discuss politics on the editorial page, but art and culture is just as vital. This week’s front page is filled with news of the wastewater workers strike, further city service erosion as represented by the Educational Achievement Authority and bus service reduction. The city is already gearing up for a heated mayoral race that doesn’t start until 2013 and we haven’t even made it through the Nov. 6 election.

While we typically urge our readers to pay attention to what’s happening in politics, we sometimes like to make you aware of what’s happening in the art and culture community.  A refocus on art and culture, in the city of Detroit, will sustain a cultural and small business scene that reminds us of who we are.

Local businesses and galleries are preparing for D’Electricity, one of many recent events in the city planned to attract residents and nonresidents alike. Stores, museums and restaurants in midtown will be open late to celebrate the nighttime light art festival. Detroit is in danger of looking like a real city this Oct. 5 and 6.

Thirty-five local and international artists will show their work and installations. Local businesses will be open late to benefit. Goodwell’s Natural Food Market will offer vegan and vegetarian treats and live music by Inohs Sivad and Randal Wilson. Flo Boutique, G. R. N’amdi Gallery and Seva, to name only a few, will also be open. Visit for all related events.

We mostly talk politics, but art and culture is what sustains us. Celebrate Detroit as an art destination.


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