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Dear Crabby, What Will the New Name be for Cobo Hall?

Dear Crabby, What Will the New Name be for Cobo Hall? Sincerely, Buku Bucks   Dear Buku, I think your name gives us a hint of where to look - the "beaucoup bucks" for the naming rights - it's all about the money, follow the money, cash is king, etc. It's always about the money. Now, they'll tell you that it's because of the mayor for which the complex was named, Albert Cobo, who said racist comments while he was the Detroit mayor from 1950-1957. And while he was no friend to the … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What’s Up with Amazon?

Dear Crabby, What's Up with Amazon Making All These American Cities Jump Through Hoops for Them? Sincerely, Y. Bother   Dear Y. Bother, You're speaking about Amazon's search to build their second home of operations. It's simple, they do it because they can. It's humiliating to the city and disrespectful to the residents. They offer huge secret incentives and tax breaks - mostly NOT transparent - so the average citizen has no idea what's being offered. Cities spend tons of … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Can You Put a Price on Nostalgia?

Dear Crabby, The other day I walked into Target and felt like I entered a time machine. Before me were scrunchies, banana clips, Caboodles and pretty much everything my teenage self coveted back in the ‘90s. So, it got me thinking: with everything old becoming new again, is any of my stuff valuable? Thanks! Sonja Sentimental Dear Sonja Sentimental, I have no clue what a scrunchie is, but it sounds a bit like some sort of torture device women use to improve their appearance. Ya know. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are the Oscars Doomed?

Dear Crabby, The Academy Awards are this Sunday and it seems like there is a lot of controversy surrounding it – more so than usual. Do you think it’s time to put the kibosh on the whole thing? Thanks, Cecile B. D’Mill Dear Cecile B. D’Mill, Yes. Wow. I think that’s the fastest I’ve ever answered a question. But I better give you a bit of a longer answer or else they might take my column away from me and give it to some millennial hipster. As I’ve said in the past, when it comes … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Will These Snow Days Ever End?

Dear Crabby, Mother Nature seems to be enjoying toying with the lives of Michiganders lately. And I won’t deny it’s been cold and snowy, but do you think these snow days are getting out of control? And will schools ever be able to make them up? Thanks, Elsa Erin Dale Dear Elsa Erin Dale, I saw a funny picture on Facebook that read, “It’s like Mother Nature is mad and keeps storming out, then coming back yelling, ‘And another thing!’” And that’s certainly the way it has felt these … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Do You Think About Emotional Support Animals?

Dear Crabby, It seems like lately I’m reading more and more about people who have emotional support animals – especially when flying. Do you think they’re needed or are people trying to work the system in their favor? Thanks, Al E. Chat Dear Al E. Chat, Ya know. Now that you mention it, I too have been hearing more in the news about emotional support animals. Did you hear about the man in Pennsylvania, Joie Henney, who has a five-foot alligator named Wally who apparently helps him … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why does PBS Broadcast Kids’ Shows 24/7?

Dear Crabby, Why does PBS Broadcast Kids' Shows 24/7? Sincerely, Adult Viewer   Dear Adult Viewer, You must be referring to their one broadcast channel called PBS Kids - well, it's in their name - one channel (56.2 for our readers) dedicated to children's programming. But I've thought the same thing, why would you want (or need) a broadcast channel playing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, of just programs for children. In the world of On Demand shows, most parents (once their … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are you Going to the Last Detroit Winter Auto Show?

Dear Crabby, Are you Going to the Last Detroit Winter Auto Show? Sincerely, Nu Carr   Dear Nu, No. I love cars, new and old, I've been driving since Mr. Ford rolled the Model T off the assembly line ... well, almost ... but a Winter drive to Detroit - no thank you. I don't mind the drive, it's the parking, walking, weather, people, lines, overpriced items, crowds, and the prices of the new cars - seriously, who can afford a new car? Don't get me wrong, I've been before. … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Long Will the Shutdown Last?

Dear Crabby, How Long Will the Shutdown Last? Super Curious George   Dear George, I'm an advice columnist, not a psychic, but I'll give it a go. As most of know by now, this is now the longest government shutdown American has dealt with. This is President Trump's second shutdown. The first one (three days) was one of the shortest on record, but this one - 29 days so far - is several days past the old record of 21 days under President Obama and the previous before that of 16 days … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Is it Inconsiderate to Take Your Groceries to the Coffee Line at the Grocery Store?

Dear Crabby, I was out at a grocery store at lunch the other day, to get some lunch stuff for the rest of the week. I decided I should get myself a coffee as a treat. I ordered my coffee and was rung up for the coffee and about 6 frozen lunch meals, and paid. After I was done, and I was standing by waiting for my coffee, the man behind me was trying to get my attention. In short, he was irritated that I had taken up the coffee line to pay for my groceries, and wanted to let me know that … [Read more...]