Greenfield Village http://michiganradio.org en Commentary: Forgetting our heritage http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-forgetting-our-heritage <p>The North American International Auto Show will be starting at Detroit’s Cobo Center in a couple weeks, and anyone who cares about cars can go see virtually every new model in existence.</p><p>This has been an annual tradition for more than a century. But I’ve thought for a long time that we don’t do nearly enough to celebrate the amazing heritage of our signature industry.</p><p>Think about it. Motor vehicles, primarily cars, are what transformed Michigan from a farm state not all that different from Iowa into the industrial powerhouse that put the world on wheels.</p><p>That’s fascinating, and there are few of us whose lives are not connected to the auto industry in some way.&nbsp; But where do you go to learn about and celebrate that heritage? Sadly, fewer and fewer places.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 15:37:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 10599 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Forgetting our heritage President Obama comes to Michigan for two fundraisers today http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-comes-michigan-two-fundraisers-today <p>President Obama last came to Michigan in January when <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/crowd-gathers-ann-arbor-hear-president-obama-speak">he visited the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor</a> to give a speech on college affordability.</p><p>As Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek reported, today&#39;s trip will be a short, but organizers hope it will be lucrative:</p><blockquote><p>The President will hold the first of two fundraisers at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.</p><p>That happens to be where Republican rival Mitt Romney launched his first Presidential campaign in 2007.</p><p>Then Mr. Obama will head to a private fundraiser hosted by Detroit businesswoman Denise Ilitch.</p><p>Organizers hope the two events will help raise more than $1 million in campaign funds for the President and other Democrats.</p></blockquote><p>So far, Mitt Romney <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120416/NEWS15/204160336/Mitt-Romney-raises-more-campaign-cash-in-Michigan-than-President-Barack-Obama?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">has raised more cash</a> than Obama in Michigan. That could change after today&#39;s visit.</p><p><a href="http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/04/18/obamas-trip-to-detroit-brings-dueling-parties/">CBS Detroit</a> reports around 600 people are expected at Mr. Obama&#39;s event at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, and attendees are paying &quot;$5,000 to have dinner with the president and get a photo, $1,000 for a VIP rope line to shake his hand and $250 to attend.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>The Denise Ilitch event will feature Michigan products, including white fish, vegetables, home brews, and Motown music. Participants will pay $40,000 for a cocktail reception and $10,000 per person for a dinner and candid photo. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 15:09:22 +0000 Mark Brush 7087 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama comes to Michigan for two fundraisers today