A few weeks ago, Michael Pollan, author of several works on the food industry and its social and moral impact on our lives, penned a letter to the president-elect, urging the new commander in chief to move to the top of his executive and legislative agenda the issue of food security. The article was entitled: Farmer in Chief. (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/magazine/12policy-t.html?scp=1&sq=mi)
It is a common enough complaint. You generally hear it just before the holidays around the Ann Arbor area. When people are getting annual giving appeals by mail, online or lately, by text message. The complaint? "There are too many nonprofits around here. And don't some of them overlap and aren't they offering similar programs?" Why don't they collaborate and work better together?
Local dog groomer, Chelle Kilmury, a partner-in-business at Groom N Go, not only takes care of dogs the right way. She is also an excellent mentor to younger people interested in going into the animal grooming business. We talked with Chelle, and her apprentice, Zeke Askew about the craft and skills involved in grooming the many dog breeds that Ann Arbor area residents have been bringing to the shop for appointments that last the dog's lifetime.
Like many others who are in public service, David Behen, the Deputy Administrator for Washtenaw County, would like to encourage others, and especially people in their 20s and 30s to join him. And when a2ethics.org talked with David, his honest and forthright appraisal of the ethics of his work, made us want to give civil service a new look. Yet, these are hard times. So, how does an administrator who has to make tough decisions that are economically-driven because of diminished resources and money, determine what is the right thing to do?
Last spring, the Huron High Boys Swimming team ended a 20 year drought by winning the state championship. As Coach Kelton Graham, now in his second year there, tells it, it was all about teamwork and motivation. He is too humble by half. A2ethics.org's interview with Coach Graham, told us otherwise: his motivational skills and trust in his swimmers were also vitally important to the team's success.
This interview features local social entrepreneur, Mary Wessel Walker, owner of the Community Farm Kitchen. Mary is in her early 20s, and started the Community Farm Kitchen when she saw a way to fill a social need: preparing meals for busy families from local and biodynamically grown food. A2ethics.org talked with Mary about her ideals and vision for the Community Farm Kitchen.
The Ypsilanti, Michigan water tower landmark. Is our food heritage also worth saving?
Catharine Dann Roeber and Hanna Raskin, food "preservationists" and co-owners of American Table Culinary Tours join us at the Ann Arbor area's iconic Washtenaw Dairy for some donuts and a provocative discussion about food and its moral role in our culture.
In Washtenaw County, we all know that education is our major industry. Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Concordia University, Cleary University are all options. Given the large number of education choices, why is college admissions so hypercompetitive? And when higher education degrees have become a ticket not just to the good life, but the ticket to a life that just allows you to make ends meet, the ethics of college admission take on a whole new importance.
A2ethics.org discusses how the photojournalist outsider becomes an insider in a community and the ethical problems becoming an insider can pose. Jack Bridges, a freelance photographer, spent over four years taking pictures of the residents of the Robert Taylor Homes, a public housing development in Chicago, while the city debated how to tear the Homes down.