Dear Crabby, Are Brick-and-Mortar Stores a Thing of the Past?

Dear Crabby, I was giddy when the new Barnes & Noble opened at The Village of Rochester Hills last month, but I was also a bit surprised. It seems like so many other chains are shuttering stores, either in favor of an online presence or because they’ve declared bankruptcy. Is there still hope for brick-and-mortar stores or are they outdated relics? Thanks! Samantha Spendthrift Dear Miss Spendthrift, Some might say I know a thing or two about being an outdated relic, so I feel quite … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Parents Help Their Kids Get Into College?

Dear Crabby, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the college admissions bribery scandal (aka Operation Varsity Blues). It seems like the wealthy and influential have been doing some variation of this for decades, so why is it a big deal now? And what lengths would you go to get your kids into college? Can’t wait to hear what you think! Thanks, Cal Berkeley Dear Mr. Berkeley, You’d have to been living under a rock to not know about this. At first I was so confused when our daughter … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Does Spring Mean to You?

Dear Crabby, What Does Spring Mean to You? Sincerely, April Cummings   Dear April, Spring is a rebirth, a reminder, and a time to rejoice. I've written a lot about spring, and if you really want to know what I think about springtime, let's peruse some of my past columns together. Dear Crabby, Is It Really Spring? The snow is all but gone here in the Rochester Area. Only small piles left from snow plows seem to be lingering. Soon kids will be cutting across my yard and outdoor … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Are We Going to Have Yet Another New Gas Tax?

Dear Crabby, Are We Going to Have Yet Another New Gas Tax from Governor Witchmer? Sincerely,  Ian Fuming   Dear Mr. Fuming, First of all, it's Governor Whitmer, not Witchmer, but that can happen when proposed taxes seem like evil spells. Nothing has been decided yet, but the new governor is suggesting it will take an additional 45 cents per gallon to fix the darn roads (she uses a different word, but this is a family show), which is an extra $6-10 per fill-up, per car, on … [Read more...]

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...]