- Upcoming Events
- Convention Information and Registration Now Online!
- Help Wanted
- Hudsonville waste-hauling plan defeated
- Libertarians of Macomb County Holds Elections
- Judges Must be Smoking Something
- Berrien County LP Updates
- Upcoming Events
March 20, 2001 - 7:00 PM
- Libertarians of Allegan County monthly meeting at the Blue Heron in downtown Allegan.
- Location: Directions: The entrance to the Riverfront parking is at the corner of Hubbard and Chestnut. Drive down and park behind Dockerty's. The Blue Heron is right next door to Docherty's, entrance on the riverfront.
- Contact: Rick Dutkiewicz Phone: (616) 673-5503 E-mail: email@example.com
March 21, 2001
- Monthly meeting of the St. Clair County affiliate.
- Location: Figaro's is located at 1503 11th Street, Port Huron, MI 48060. TX: (810) 987-3588. Join us for dinner at 6:00 PM. Business begins at 7:00 PM.
- Contact: Richard Friend Phone: (810) 982-7178 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 21, 2001 - 6:30 PM
- LP of Oakland County General Membership Meeting. Public welcome. Meet for dinner at 6:30PM, business begins at 7:30PM.
- Location: Sila's, 4033 W. 12 Mile Rd., Berkley. Sila's is located 2 blocks east of Greenfield on 12 Mile Rd.
- Contact: Chris Pellerito Phone: (248) 373-9411 E-mail: email@example.com
March 27, 2001 - 7:00 PM
- The monthly meeting of the Ottawa County Libertarian Party
- Location: The Yellow Jacket Inn. 12011 Lake Michigan Dr. West Olive, MI
- Contact: Jason C. Miller Phone: (616) 669-2851 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 28, 2001 - 7:00 PM
- Libertarians of Macomb County Committee planning meeting.
- Location: Home of Keith and Marnie Edwards. 28960 Jane St., St. Clair Shores
- Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 774-1625 E-mail: email@example.com
April 3, 2001 - 7:00 PM
- Kalamazoo Libertarian Party General Meeting
- Location: TGI Friday's Restaurant, 5650 W. Main St., Oshtemo MI
- Contact: Tim Miley Phone: (616) 668-3951 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 3, 2001 - 7:30 PM
- Barbara Goushaw, Jon Coon campaign manager and founder of the LP campaign managers association will be speaking at the April meeting. We would like to have a large crowd for her. All candidates who are running for political office (or even just expect to sometime in the future) should attend.
- Location: La Trattoria restaurant 13736 Michigan Ave.,Dearborn
- Contact: Heather Pauli Phone: (313) 538-8208 E-mail: HeatherPauli@hotmail.com
April 9, 2001 - 7:00 PM
- CLARE-GLADWIN LIBERTARIAN PARTY MEETING. Refreshments provided. Review success of St.Patrick's Day Parade, discuss the State Convention and Ballot Access Petitioning.
- Location: MID MICHIGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ROOM 167.
- Contact: Ghazey Aleck Phone: (517) 386-2699 E-mail: email@example.com
April 11, 2001 - 6:30 PM
- Libertarians of Macomb County monthly meeting. Drinks and dinner at 6:30 PM, business begins at 7:00 PM.
- Location: Miles World Resturant, 17689 Masonic, Fraser, MI 48026, 810-415-4500.
- Contact: Diane Barnes Phone: (810) 774-1625 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 16, 2001 - 4:00 PM
- Libertarians of Macomb County Tax Protest Event! Meet outside the post office and distribute literature to the poor souls mailing there tax returns.
- Location: Sterling Heights Post office (corner of Metro Parkway and Van Dyke)
- Contact: Paul Soyk Phone: (810) 977-3523 E-mail: email@example.com
- For more events, see the online calendar at:
- Convention Information and Registration Now Online! by Mark Heil
Information on the upcoming LPM Convention 2001 (May
4-6, 2001) is now available on our web site at
www.mi.lp.org/01conv/. Read continuously updated
information including a schedule of events, scheduled
speakers and information about the location, Bavarian Inn
Lodge in Frankenmuth.
You can also instantly register online with your credit
card using our secure registration page at
https://michiganlp.org/Convention.php. If you
preser to mail in your registration you will also find a
printable registration form that you can print, fill out and
mail in to register for the convention
(www.mi.lp.org/01conv/regform.htm). Register before April
7, 2001 and save!
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- Help Wanted by Mark Heil
The LPM is in need of a volunteer who has basic
database and word processing skills to perform tasks which
usually take about 1 to 2 hours a week. Every other week or
so, we get two sets of data from the national LP. We need
someone to manipulate this data and generate two sets of
mailing labels and deliver the labels to LPM HQ where other
volunteers will process the mailing. Additionally, we have
another set of data from which we need to generate several
mail merge letters, stuff them in envelopes and mail. This
is usually done once a week.
If you are able to take on this project, contact Mark
Heil at firstname.lastname@example.org. The databases and
documents are already created in Word 97 and Access 97, so
if you have those programs there is little initial work to
be done. If you use other programs, you'll need to recreate
what I already have. Your expenses for labels, paper and
postage will be reimbursed by the LPM, preprinted envelopes
will be provided.
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- Hudsonville waste-hauling plan defeated by Jason C. Miller
HUDSONVILLE -- Ottawa County Libertarians have helped
defeat a proposal by members of Hudsonville's City
Commission to change the way trash is picked up. Currently
there is a free-market system where consumers contract with
any of the dozen local providers. The commissioners
proposed either granting a single contract for the entire
city to one carrier or purchasing equipment and having the
city haul waste.
A group of local residents and the waste-hauling
companies took city hall by storm. The meeting was packed
with angry residents and the phone calls to commission
members had their heads spinning. The voice from the people
was clear: Leave us alone.
Charles Miller was particularly effective when he
addressed the commission. His lecture to them about
American principles received chears from the crowd. The
mayor of Hudsonville stated "We were floating a trial
balloon...it's pretty clear it was shot down." Libertarians
were proud to be a part of that firing squad
The City is still looking for ways to meddle and is now
considering licensing and regulating waste haulers. Except
for one commissioner, nobody else has complained or asked
for this interference. The Ottawa County Libertarian Party
will continue to monitor the situation and stick up for the
Visit your local government meetings
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- Libertarians of Macomb County Holds Elections by Mark Heil
The Libertarians of Macomb County held its 2001 officer
and committee elections at its March 14th meeting. The
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Chair - Diane Barnes
Vice Chair - David Wejrandt
Secretary - Erin Stahl
Treasurer - Marnie Edwards
- Judges Must be Smoking Something by Press Release
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Tim O'Brien
DEARBORN. "The verdict at leastwas right," said Libertarian
Party of Michigan executive director Tim O'Brien,referring
to the recent court of appeals ruling striking down local
government smoking bans. "But those judges must have been
smoking something themselves to hold that the only problem
is that the wrong level of government was making the law."
The three judge panel ruled against the City of Marquette,
holding that Michigan law prevents localities from passing
communitywide bans on smoking in restaurants. "The question
of whether there should be a total ban on smoking in
restaurants must be left to the legislature," the court
"It apparently never occurred to the learned hands of the
Michigan judiciary," O'Brien observed, "that the question of
whether there should be a total ban on smoking in
restaurants ought to be left to the restaurant owners. Who
is in a better position to determine what restaurant patrons
actually want?" he asked.
"We used to have a couple of powerful institutions in this
country called 'private property' and 'the free market.'
When you respect those concepts you have a society based on
voluntary relationships rather than political muscle. Then
you don't have to try and guess what people want -- in order
to impose it on them. People vote with their money. If you
leave the market free to meet the wishes of consumers, it
will do just that. Some restaurants will cater to smokers.
Some to nonsmokers. Some to those who don't care one way or
the other. Instead of imposing a single standard which must
necessarily exclude wishes of some, all preferences can thus
"And not only will the market show what people want, it will
even tell you in exactly what proportion because its natural
selection process will replace businesses that do not
satisfy the wishes of their customers with ones that do.
"If the citizens of Marquette genuinely prefer nonsmoking
restaurants, no local ordinance imposing that rule would be
needed. The very fact that a law must be passed to
accomplish that goal is proof that this does not represent
the wishes of the people there.
"And, of course," he concluded, "all of these same
fundamentals of economics apply irrespective of which level
of government short circuits the market process. I guess
those judges must have been out finding something to smoke
during college -- when the rest of us were studying Adam
- Berrien County LP Updates by Glenn Whitt, Secretary
As a reminder, the Berrien Coounty LP will have its monthly
meeting this Thursday, 22 March 2001, at 7pm. It will be
held at the James White Library on the campus of Andrews
University, Berrien Springs MI. During the meeting, we will
have discussion regarding the recall efforts of Oronoko
Township. We are expecting a few visitors from the Oronoko
Twp community. For travel instructions, please call me,
Glenn Whitt, at 473-2764.
New Buffalo Election Results
Berrien County LP chair Mr. Ray Kirkus did not win his bid
for New Buffalo City Council. With good press that seemed to
lean in Mr. Kirkus' favour, incumbant Mr. Jack Kennedy was
still able to retain his seat recieving 78% of the total
votes cast for city councilman against Mr. Kirkus' 22%.
There was surpringly low voter turnout. Out of over 1600
registered New Buffalo voters, only 250 actually voted at
All was not lost though. There were three proposals that
were also on the ballot. Two involved increasing spending
limits for the city manager and the city council. The
defeat of the one proposal to increase spending limit of the
city council to $10,000 was defeated, and the one for
increasing the spending limit of the township supervisor
passed by a very close margin of only 4 votes. These
results could be attributed to Mr. Kirkus' campaign because
he included information about these proposals in his
campaign literature, which were distributed to nearly every
household in New Buffalo.
As Stacy van Oast stated, the seeds of Libertarianism have
been planted. Good job Ray.
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