THE TAX ATTIC with Jerry Coon

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

MI-UA demands repayments I have to admit that my favorite game is baseball and my favorite song is “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” It was the first song I taught our oldest daughter, Stephanie, to sing and she finished that version off with a resounding “Go Tigers.” That was in the mid-1980s and the Detroit Tigers had a great team back then. After a decade in the 1990s of setting records for futility, they are back. The current version is a good team and has some very good players. They are well worth rooting for. I’m way past the baseball-playing age but, despite that age, I continue to play slow-pitch softball and still get butterflies in my stomach before the first pitch of a game. I hope that feeling never goes away and the crowds continue to sing my favorite song from time to time during the seventh-inning stretch. I do have a couple of other more conventional favorite songs. I listen occasionally to the 1974 song of Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama,” and George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ 1982 hit “Bad to the Bone.” Neither one gives my stomach butterflies, but I do like their beat. I also enjoy listening to jazz and blues. I couldn’t actually name the title to one jazz or blues song, but hearing the River City Jazz band play at last weekend’s Arts Festival or sitting on the grass down by the dam at the Garden Club Park and taking in a blues performance as part of the Huntington Rogue River Blues Series is quite enjoyable. The blues series starts on Tuesday, June 15 and runs throughout the summer. Of course, the series happens to be held on Tuesday night and that is the same night I play softball. That means until the softball season ends in late July, don’t look for me down by the dam. I will be at the place that gives me butterflies in my stomach and reminds me of my favorite song, i.e. the old ball park. During the Michigan budget discussion, a report came out that declared our Michigan Unemployment Agency (MI-UA) has erroneously paid out millions of dollars in benefits in either fraudulent claims or mistaken claims to people who should […]