Notes and announcements for the Clerk-Register staff:
When in danger, or in doubt
Run in circles, scream and shout!
These seem like dark days for Michigan. Our auto industry teeters on the brink of collapse. Property values are sinking to unexpected lows, and tax revenues will soon follow. Our fate seems captive of vast economic forces.
But that doesn’t mean we should give in to panic, as the sarcastic old rhyme advises. We have more power over our lives than we realize.
Would an out-of-state visitor to Washtenaw County take notice of how depressed we are, or how resilient we are? Is he going to tell his friends about the grumpy people he met here, or about how friendly and helpful everyone was?
It may not always be obvious to us, but Michigan still has a reservoir of admiration and good will from people around the country. By the way we treat visitors, we can deepen that reservoir – or drain it. The more people think of Michigan as a good place to live and do business, the better off we all are.
At this time of the year, we are likely see an unusual number of nonresidents in our offices. They may be unfamiliar with Michigan laws and processes and forms. Strive to be gentle and patient with them.
Let’s have a great week, and look forward to a new year full of good things for all of us.