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Thank you Ypsilanti
By Dan DuChene & Christine Laughren
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   5:07 p.m.

Christine Laughren and Dan DuChene, co-owners of the Ypsilanti Citizen, pose in front of their company's banner at Frenchie's during the Citizen's one-year anniversary party.

The Ypsilanti Citizen was launched in November 2008 to inform the Ypsilanti community about the news and events that were happening in their area.

Since our launch,...read more

Crossroads Summer Festival; rockin’ ladies night
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 23, 2010   ·   4:37 p.m.

Barbara Payton and the Big Boss Trio rock Washington Street.

A special Ladies Night was held Friday at the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Just...read more

Crossroads to hold Ladies Night for Relay for Life
By Dave Heikkinen and Frank Wright
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   9:13 a.m.

On June 11, the 2010 Ypsilanti Crossroads Summer Festival featured a rousing opening set from roots and blue grass band Dragon Wagon.

Dragon Wagon was joined on...read more

Electric rail pollution leads to dirty laundry
By Laura Bien
Jun. 15, 2010   ·   11:42 a.m.

From the approximate vantage point of the present-day Materials Unlimited, the interurban car barn and powerhouse on Michigan Avenue loomed large.

Maggie Smith was not looking forward to a forenoon of sewing pleats.

She put down her newest customer’s summer dress. Downstairs, she offered to get potatoes...read more

EMU students in wartime
By Laura Bien
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:32 a.m.

The 1942 Aurora yearbook, the 50th
anniversary edition, included images that contrasted modern and
old-time students.

Leroy Grindle was an Ypsilantian soldier who lost his life in WWII. He was a member of the Michigan Normal (EMU) class of ’41, and is memorialized with a black...read more

Former Ypsi police officer responds to Walker complaint


Letter to the Editor

By Connie M. Koski
Mar. 3, 2010    ·    1:45 p.m.

Freedom of speech is a constitutional right granted to every U.S. citizen; regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender. Most of us value it immensely. Some of us exercise it more frequently than others. Still others hide behind it as a false sense of security by which they feel justified in spewing hurtful, sometimes libelous, and occasionally borderline hate-speech. Regardless of the intentions, it is clear that Megan Turf's recent open letter to the Ypsilanti City Council regarding recently appointed Police Chief Amy Walker's relationship with another member of the Ypsilanti Police Department was misguidedly couched in some twisted sense of the Ypsilanti community's "right to know," coupled with the assertion that it was 'business, not personal.'

As a doctoral (Ph.D.) candidate in criminology and criminal justice, and a former long-term member of the Ypsilanti Police Department, my interest has always been in the equitable application of justice and a high standard of police accountability. However, now that the "world" has been made aware of this situation, a labor attorney has ruled upon it, has the quality of police service diminished? I think not. In fact, following closely the historic appointment of Amy Walker to the position of chief, as well as the moves she has made to save public safety jobs while also doing her part to help cut the city's budget woes, I believe it is clear that the citizens are being well served. The evidence speaks for itself.

It's truly a shame that Chief Walker's positive efforts have been overshadowed by one individual's selfish need for publicity before even having spent more than three months in office. Ypsilanti's citizens deserve the the quality of leadership that their new chief has to offer. Don't let someone's attempts to undermine her ability to implement the innovative law enforcement strategies Ypsilanti needs. As taxpayers, you owe it to yourselves.

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