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XLFD replied to XLFD's discussion US 10 Corridor Charette Results: More Government Control
"Also a very good reason to vote no on Proposal 1 in the August ballot.  The legislators could get rid of the Personal Property Tax (PPT) that drains small and large businesses of revenue each year, and not need a ballot initiative.  What…"
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XLFD replied to XLFD's discussion US 10 Corridor Charette Results: More Government Control
"Very insightful, and one needs only look at our own Downtown Development Authority to perceive this.  The TIF takes in about $100,000 from other taxing authorities each year, the 2 mills for the DDA brings in about $50,000.  Where's…"
10 hours ago
Willy replied to XLFD's discussion US 10 Corridor Charette Results: More Government Control
"Another layer of Government oversight is not going to solve problems. It only creates another barrier of resistance that taxpayers must sift through in order to get to the real solutions. This is the problem with Government. The slow…"
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SS Badger Leaving Ludington, Aerial View, July 14, 2014

This video was shot with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision drone. It starts by showing the Ludington Coast Guard Station with the SS Badger in the background, then move...
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Craig Cooper for Judge

Out of the hills of Lake County comes a candidate for 51st Circuit Judge who has an edge in experience, oops, cancel that. An edge in integrity, umm, not quite. But he is definitely edgy and has the proper heredity to fill the spot. Make your vote…
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US 10 Corridor Charette Results: More Government Control

If you are unfamiliar with the word 'charette' you are not alone.  In my first fifty years I had never seen this word that means an intense period of design or planning activity.  I am a bit more familiar with local war hero…See More


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Michigan Agriculture Department Raids Small Farms, Destroys Food

Started by XLFD in Dueling Torches. Last reply by XLFD on Saturday. 2 Replies

While people to the south of them…Continue

Tags: agriculture, farm, dairy

Candidate Forum Summer 2014: Propaganda and Softballs

Started by XLFD in Waving the Torch Around Our Area. Last reply by Willy on Friday. 4 Replies

 The candidate forum held on the night of July 23, 2014 had a lot of promise.  Headlining the interest was the four candidate field for 51st Circuit Court Judge, with two contended-primary county…Continue

Tags: commerce, walker, chamber, news, ludington


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    Over the last couple of months our members have swelled due to an advertising push by those who join, post an ad, provide a link, and possibly send messages to other members advocating some product or action.  While these are basically harmless if you ignore them, the Torch tech wizards cannot fully protect against the intruders.  I have eradicated about two dozen of these infidels, and will make it a practice to do so in the future. 

    Created by XLFD Dec 28, 2012 at 12:02pm. Last updated by XLFD Dec 28, 2012.

    Downloading Videos

    Want to download videos for a thread or just to add to our Videos library, but are having a hard time figuring it out?  It's not hard once you know how to do it.  First you will need the Video's "Embed" code; on a typical video site like Youtube they will have a "share" button you need to click, you will then see an "Embed" button you need to click.  You will see the code all in blue, you need to "copy" (as in copy and paste) this code by going to your copy command.

    Now go to the…


    Created by XLFD Nov 23, 2011 at 10:52am. Last updated by XLFD Nov 23, 2011.

    Aviary Picture Editor

    A new service has been added.  Aviary provides a suite of creative online tools to help people create — and improve upon — photos, designs and audio clips. This Ning Extension allows you to edit photos directly inside the page. You can apply useful tweaks like cropping and red-eye reduction; edit the contrast, brightness and colors; add text to photos; and — if you’re feeling creative or playful — you can add “stickers” as an overlay to…


    Created by XLFD Jul 17, 2011 at 1:03pm. Last updated by XLFD Jul 17, 2011.

    New Music Feature

    You will fnd a new tab on the top called Music which features a Ning application called Muziic.  It is also under the photos on the main page, and will have a list of current popular songs that you can click and play on when you feel the need for some accompanying music, and usually a You Tube video to go with it.  You can create playlists by searching for music that suits you in its vast library of tunes, and saving them-- to be loaded later.  If you don't…


    Created by XLFD Jan 7, 2010 at 3:10pm. Last updated by XLFD Aug 13, 2010.

    Screen Shots: A Primer

    Taking screen shots is fairly easy, and can be helpful when trying to capture a "photo" of what's on your computer at the time.  It is basically a three step process.

    1)  Get what you want to take a picture of on your screen.  Find the "PrtSc" key on your computer (usually at the top right area of your keys) and press it.  Nothing will appear to have happened.

    2)  Open MS Paint or similar software. 

    3)  Go to the "edit" tab, click, and then "paste"…


    Created by XLFD Mar 18, 2010 at 12:34am. Last updated by XLFD Mar 18, 2010.

    New Features as of 1-7-10

    You will notice two new options up on the top panel, "Chat" and "Dailies".  The first allows you to chat with anyone else who is online at the time you are, and tells you how many Torchholders are online; see the bottom to see this number and the actual dialog box comes up at the bottom of the page.

    "Dailies" actually offers three options that change daily-- a daily quote, a daily horoscope, and a daily greeting.  Check these each day before or after you touch base with the rest of…


    Created by XLFD Jan 7, 2010 at 9:52pm. Last updated by XLFD Jan 7, 2010.

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