Dear Crabby, Where are our School Colors?

Dear Crabby, What is going on with the Rochester school colors? I grew up in the Rochester area and Rochester Adams was brown and yellow. I just drove through Rochester and all of the high schools have a red and white RCS sign. Where are our school colors? Sincerely, Henry Highlander Dear Henry, I took a second and third glance, as well, while driving by and thought the same thing. It seems to be part of the new branding the Rochester Community Schools have done with their new logo - … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Should Companies Be Forced to Have Quotas?

Dear Crabby, I recently heard about Senate Bill No. 115, which was introduced by Senator Sylvia Santana. My understanding is the bill would “require a minimum number of female board members of publicly held corporations, and would apply to both domestic and foreign corporations with principal executive offices in Michigan.” What do you think about this? Should companies be forced to have quotas when it comes to their board? Thanks, Billy P. Stan Dear Mr. Stan, You ask a very loaded … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, When Did Easter Get So Expensive?

Dear Crabby, Last Sunday I was looking at the ad circulars in the newspaper and holy cow – I couldn’t believe all the things they are trying to hock for Easter – especially the baskets for kids. When did the holiday get so crazy… and expensive? Thanks! E.B. O’Hare   Dear Mr. O’Hare, Have you heard of people celebrating half birthdays? Well, that’s what Easter has become – the half birthday of Christmas. I even have a niece who goes overboard on Easter because her kid has a … [Read more...]

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 Is there still hope for brick-and-mortar stores or are they outdated relics?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 Samantha Spendthrift Dear Miss Spendthrift, Some might say I know a thing or two about being an outdated relic, so I feel quite … [Read more...]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...]