<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-18/1099826379292760.xml">link here</a><br>so, dubya won west michigan quite easily. we moved to a small little community right in the heart of grand rapids a year ago (to east grand rapids). the town we moved from was in ottawa county next door (part of the 1 million plus people metro area) and ottawa county supported dubya by over 70%. that's amazing -- a very conservative area. we chose east grand rapids entirely for the schools. they are known to have the best schools around and probably the best district in the state. we knew the area was still conservative. so, i was surprised to read that our little community of 10,000+ was the only one in the area to vote no on the banning gay marriage proposal. dubya still won, but people did what i consider to be the right thing. as you may recall, michigan's ballot proposal went beyond just gay marriage to also targeting civil unions. the article gives me some hope and helps reinforce the notion that we've picked the best place for us to live in the region.<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> East Grand Rapids, population 10,600, is a comfortable town known for strong schools and pockets of grand homes. The average home value hovers around $270,000, highest in the county. Starbucks, the seller of $2.50 lattes, chose Gaslight Village when it opened its first coffee shop in the area.<br><br>Residents are well-educated and passionate: Voter turnout Tuesday was 85.3 percent. <br><br>"East is a community that tends to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal," said resident Dean Agee, a Republican county commissioner<p><hr></blockquote><p>i liked the thinking at the end as well from our former mayor and $2,000 donor to dubya:<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Bush won East Grand Rapids, taking 3,807 votes to John Kerry's 3,107. But Bush's 54.6 percent share was down from nearly 60 percent in 2000. Frey, the former mayor, said the city's support for Republican presidential candidates could erode further.<br><br>If any new Supreme Court justices threaten a woman's right to abortion, "you might find more moderate Republicans moving to another party," she said.<p><hr></blockquote><p>i know i am in the minority, but i like knowing that these republicans are more socially moderate around here. starbucks sure does well in this republican enclave. these republicans are educated and drinking lattes. <br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
yeah, home prices here are not really any different than where we lived in kansas, which is amazing to me. i also lived in colorado for a spell and i think this area is extremely cheap by comparison. just to give you an idea, we bought our home last year and spent well under the $270,000 average. we have over 3,000 square feet finished plus a lot of unfinished storage space. i had a friend in california (not far from apple) and her home was worth about $800,000 and i don't think it was anywhere near as nice as my current home. i can't imagine being an educator where home prices are through the roof. we'd be SOL for sure.<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
no, i just figured it was a synonym for "moderate republican." <br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
yeah, those prices just blow my mind. something's gotta give at some point. real estate has been shooting up much quicker than the cost of living. i don't know enough about economics, but that trend sure doesn't seem healthy.<br><br><br>--<br>one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. -Plato
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