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Dear Michigan Capitol Confidential

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From: Shannon [last name redacted] [mailto:XXXXX@yahoo.com]

I received your spring issue, read it cover to cover and have come to the conclusion that you are nothing more than corporate shills hiding behind your "educational institute" tax exempt status.  Added to my agenda of things to do: eliminate the ability of corporate lobby organizations to collect funds from our corporate masters and then pass their anti-worker, anti-human being agendas off on taxpayers as newsworthy information.

Please, do the citizens of Michigan really need to know how much money Farmington Hills Schools spent on hardware supplies?  Why not report on something that really matters to Michigan citizens.  How many jobs have Michigan based companies shipped to cheap labor countries over the last ten years?  Right-to-Work Laws?  You must be joking. Michigan corporations aren't afraid of unions -  they're afraid of having to share a reasonable portion of their profits with the workers that actually make the profits. Children in China work for so much less than a U.S. adult trying to support a family.

Your "newspaper" is a disgrace and does a terrible disservice to the citizens of Michigan.

Shannon [last name redacted]
Sterling Heights

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