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FAIL: Habitat's Fundraising Letter


In a fundraising letter from Northwest Michigan Habitat for Humanity, Dr. Jeffrey Leslie, Superintendent of the Petoskey schools was quoted (pictured): "Many students are being raised in substandard, crowded, unsafe environments."


And Habitat is going to help those kids? How? Are they going to notify Child Protective Services? If Dr. Leslie is privy to this troubling information, what is he doing about it? Helping fundraise? This shouldn't be!


He also asserts that his school system is losing "great educators" to more "affordable districts," (which only partially explains why the quality of education in Petoskey is so wanting). Of course, he offers no evidence of this trend. In fact, if the value of local teachers' homes is "skyrocketing," as he claims, isn't that good for the current homeowners? Why would they leave?


And this: Habitat Executive Director Sarah Ulrich, author of the letter, claims " ... home is an unattainable hope for many households." Why? Hard work, self-discipline, simple living, and sound advice from seasoned sources, can make 'home' attainable to any young family, given time. In America, in Emmet, there needs to be no exception to attaining that 'hope.'

Why wouldn't Dr. Leslie champion that point of view?


We're not saying, 'don't donate to Habitat,' they do some good, for sure. But if you do give, maybe call them out on this questionable fund-raising pitch.


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Chris Marie
Chris Marie
Jan 07, 2023

As a recently retired Michigan teacher, I applaud Dr. Leslie’s efforts. The reality is that even in a very affluent community teachers have students struggling with food and housing insecurity. Dr. Leslie is working with an honorable and respected national organization to make a difference in the lives of his students. It’s downright mean and ornery to imply otherwise. You need to check yourself.

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Unknown member
Jan 02, 2023

Here’s the “FAIL:”

Now, after clambering about 2nd Amendment restrictions, you have something against free speech? Also:

  • If you call out two (2) local Emmet County residents for doing something you think they shouldn’t be doing, the least you could do is tell their side of this “news” story?

  • Re “And Habitat is going to help those kids? How?” (Ask Habitat?)

  • This isn’t the first time a public figure or elected public officials, have endorsed a local, non-profit NGO’s fund-raising endeavors. I can recall — for example — a county commissioner’s on-air plugs for Interlochen Public Radio.

  • REALITY CHECK: RE “ … substandard, crowded, unsafe environments." = Poverty. I suggest the author (pro-homeschooling Izzy Lyman? Who is no fan of…

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Unknown member
Jan 07, 2023
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I think (misthink?) authors should ID themselves (Mr. Lyman).

And, yes, examples from two (2) Red States, at least w GOP governors. Not radical right enough for you Wid? Besides:

* What does the location/statehave to do with who is (publicly) endorsing Habitat For Humanity? Also:

* What “liberal misthink” do you speak of Judge? Keep poking at assorted respected and popular community institutions and community leaders (teachers, librarians, Habitat, school officials, public health officials, moderate and progressive clergy, et al) and see how much respect ERG gets for its “responsible”written assaults on reasonable and innocent individual members of our community?

Methinks ERG‘s good Christian “founders” (and shadow authors) should look in the mirror when hunting for ‘misthink’ culprits i…


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Unknown member
Jan 02, 2023

FAIL!

85+ Views here and NO comments? From ERG‘s “Founders?”

From former chief Habitat contractor and (former?) supporter Craig Lively?

The author (name, please?) slams both Habitat and a local school superintendent … and crickets? — Dixon Dudderar

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ironmanwid
Jan 03, 2023
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Dixon, what does Craig Lively have to do with this blog post? Perhaps he and others agree with the post. Once again, you seem to be unconcerned about people, even children living in 'unsafe' conditions. Respectful suggestion: Since you are so into media protocols, perhaps you'll refrain from mentioning folks who have nothing to do the content of a post.

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