Dear Crabby, Should the Tobacco Age be Raised to 21?

Dear Crabby, Should the Tobacco Age be Raised to 21? Sincerely, Virginia Slim   Dear Ms. Slim, Sure, why not, it won't bother me none, I'm well past 21. That's a common answer I'm sure from old people like me. But is it fair? Well, we've decided it's fair to have the drinking age be 21. Because drinking is bad for your health and younger people are more affected by the hazards of drinking alcohol. In addition, drinking while driving can harm more than just the user. And there's just … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What was your First Column about?

Dear Crabby, What was your First Column about? Sincerely, New Reader   Dear New Reader, I assume you mean you're a new reader to my column and not a new reader in general, but if you are, you're in luck because I don't use big words and my grammar is atrocious (oops, there's a big word). Either way, you've come to the right place to get all the news you really need - at least that's how I feel - here at The Community Edge (my column being number one!). I had to do some … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Why Did My Trash Pick-Up Fees Increase So Much?

Dear Crabby, Why Did My Trash Pick-Up Fees Increase So Much in Rochester Hills? Sincerely, Carrie McCann   Dear Carrie, Well, well, well ... are you really surprised the cost of trash removal went up? All prices go up. But to better answer your question, I dug up the dirt on the new Green for Life deal. You may remember that our previous solid waste removal company sold the contract to GFL Environmental (Green for Life) in 2017. They took over the remainder of the contract. So, this … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, What Happened in the Kentucky Derby?

Dear Crabby, For the First Time Ever the Winner in the Kentucky Derby was Disqualified, What Happened? Sincerely, Holden Al Tickets   Dear Mr. Tickets, And down the stretch they come ... there can be only one winner ... but not necessarily. For the first time in 145 runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the winner, Maximum Security, was disqualified - otherwise known as a DQ. It's actually a surprise that this is the first time in all those years this has happened. This kind of … [Read more...]

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...]