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Jul 13th 2012 12:40AM Departing SAN after my brother's funeral with my adult daughter and teenage son, my daughter had not packed her "make-up" bag. It was inspected and everything was approved to take on the flight. Due to weather we had a 4 hour lay over at ORD. My daughter felt she had to have a smoke and had to leave the terminal to do that. When she returned a female TSA agent dumped her make-up bag out picked up several items and broke the lids saying "oh! I'm so sorry" then throwing them in a large box lined with a plastic bag. When she got to my daughter's perfume, which had been aproved in SAN the agent claimed they were not allowed. My son that was waiting for his sister watched the agent take the perfume bottles and put them in her purse. When he tried to point this out to another TSA agent he was threatened with arrest for interfering with a TSA agent. He had taken several pictures with his phone of the agent taking the bottles and I sent them along with a complaint to the address my Congressman provided. I never heard a thing or even an acknowledgement of my letter.
Jun 15th 2011 10:52AM I commuted into Detroit for 8 years, starting just 3 days before MLK Jr was killed, to Detroit City Airport. Frequently getting off the Ford Freeway (I-94) due to accidents stopping traffic. Never did this white boy feel threatened. Many times I went to the Eastern Market and "Greek Town" to eat. Coleman Young lined his pockets at the expense of his fellow blacks. I had more damage done to my vehicle when the Tigers won the World Series in 1968 than all the other damage added togather. I'm very sorry to see the city like it is. It's sad to see all the abandoned houses in the area of City Airport. I still venture back into the city every time I return to Michigan hoping to see a positive change. Maybe in my children's life time it will happen.
Apr 9th 2011 1:55PM Washington is controlling the press about the price of oil attempting to convince all that Lybia not exporting oil is the cause of the price increases. The reality is our treasured dollar in continuing to drop in value, thanks to all the stimulus programs. It's not just oil that's affected, but oil effects so much of our economy it becomes the easiest to point too. We have more crude in this country than the oil companies can refine. Washington is allowing our oil companies to pump crude back into underground caverns in Oklahoma by the millions of gallons weekly until the refineries can take it. This also helps drive the price up at the pump and Obama stating $5.00 a gallon gas is ok. Right !! Okay for who besides his family?? I'm 67, involved in the transportation industry, first as a federal government manager now at the state level. With 2 children in college there's no way I can allow myself to think about retirement and especially when there's no end in sight to the price per gallon increases.
Nov 18th 2010 10:31AM Two of my children were traveling with me from the Mid-West to the West coast for my brother's funeral. Our last leg, after attempting the approach twice, returned to the departure airport. There we stood in line for just over 2 hours to find we would be given a 10% discount at any of the very expensive hotels around the airport and being placed on stand-by for the first two departure flights with confirmed booking on the last AM departure. This last morning flight would be touchjing down just when the funeral was to start. We opted to drive. So far the car rental has refused to refund any portion of our prepaid rental for the car reserved at the original arrival airport. This, even though, we had to rent a more expensive car from the same agency along with paying a ridiculous fee for returning the car to the original arrival airport as our departure for home was from this airport. The airline also will not refund any portion of the fee for the last arival leg. Security at the departure airport had my daughter in tears for their invasive search of her body in full view of others in the security area. When I attempted to compalin I was told to "shut up or you'll all be placed on the no fly list. And we can arrest you right here and right now." Needless to say this family will not fly again even though I made my livelyhood in aviation for almost 30 years.
Apr 10th 2009 1:06PM Being a school bus driver over 14 years I've seen my share of misbehaving kids. From 5 year olds pulling their pants down or the panites of even an older girl walking down the bus aisle, to the high school student pulling a knife because he was told to sit in an assigned seat. With two income familes being the norm we've created situations where the parents want the schools to be the "baby sitter" yet wont give authority to correct bad behavior lest they are thought as being incompent parents. The government has taking away the teacher's ability to teach with "No Child Left Behind" making the teacher teach only the test, not the subject. These then create nobody taking responsibility for your school problems. Yes, 2 adults on a bus would solve many of the problems, if not almost all the problems a bus driver faces but how do we deal with the cost. Bus drivers are under paid in most school systems but the monitors make even less and both only get 3-4 hours work a day, don't get holiday pay nor teacher conference days. I'm held responsible for over 100 children a day, making one morning run and 2 afternoon runs with these children ranging in age from 4 years to 17 years old. The only time I've had to hit the brakes hard was when a fight broke out between 3 teenagers and I had to get the bus stopped. Then for days I second guessed myself about doing that. Is there something that can be done? Sure, but the "Lead Balloon" is holding parents responsible for their children's actions.
Nov 17th 2006 6:43PM Bo put Michigan football back on the front of the sport pages across the country. He filled the "Big House" consistently. While his winning record was something to be proud of he will be remembered more for all the lives he touched beyond just the players he coached. A strict disciplinarian, the ultimate professional, and a True Class Act on or off the field. Having had the privilege of having him address me by my first name he will be sorely missed in this household as well as across the nation. Bo, Go Blue Forever!