How often do you receive a compliment or a personal note of encouragement in the mail? In today's busy world, it is rare indeed when people take the time to share a kind and uplifting word. Well, please keep reading, as I share with you just some of the encouraging words that we have received this year. Our contributors truly are a class act.

Since its inception in 1987, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has operated through generous, voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations who embrace free markets, personal liberty for all individuals, limited government and personal property rights.

During our 23-year history, we have never accepted, nor will we ever accept, government funding for the work we do.

In the past five years, we have seen more and more individuals step up and provide financial support to the Mackinac Center. This strengthens us as an organization by significantly diversifying our funding base while also increasing the number of people who embrace the important principles that we work for every day at the Center.

We have been greatly encouraged by this enhanced level of support and look forward to joining together with hundreds, if not thousands, more Michigan residents in the year ahead, as the Mackinac Center staff works diligently to provide winning ideas to turn around this state.

We hope you will enjoy reading this cross-section of unsolicited comments received from our friends across Michigan since Jan. 1. Most of these words arrived on a sticky note, a scrap piece of paper or on the memo line of a contributor's check. One thing is sure: These folks care about freedom, liberty, limited government and the future of our state.

I shared a handful of these quotes at a recent Mackinac Center staff meeting. (No names were used, in keeping with our confidentiality practices inside and outside the Center.) My colleagues greatly appreciated hearing from you, since this is why we do the work we do: to make Michigan a better place for us all, particularly in honor of your support for our fight for freedom.

After you read these comments, please let me know what you think. Send me an e-mail at white@mackinac.org; call me at 989-631-0900; or write me a note and send it to

Darryl White
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
140 West Main Street, P.O. Box 568
Midland, MI 48640.

I look forward to hearing from you! 


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