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 firstname.lastname@example.org; call me at 989-631-0900; or write me a note and send it to
Mackinac Center for Public Policy
140 West Main Street, P.O. Box 568
Midland, MI 48640.
I look forward to hearing from you!