Flint rally, march call out “You are welcome here” and  “This is what democracy looks like”
Feb05

Flint rally, march call out “You are welcome here” and “This is what democracy looks like”

By Jan Worth-Nelson About 400 marchers assembled at Flint’s City Hall Saturday, brandishing homemade signs declaring “You Are Welcome Here!” “Love Trumps Hate,” “No Ban, No Wall,”  “This is what democracy looks like” and many other calls for equality, justice and kindness.  The  “March for Justice, Inclusion and Unity” was sponsored by the Equality Caucus  of Genesee...

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Review:  Flint’s “Women of a New Tribe” show shines at FIA
Feb04

Review: Flint’s “Women of a New Tribe” show shines at FIA

By Harold C. Ford I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman,   That’s me.   Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.   …from “Phenomenal Woman” and “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou, 1978 American literary giant Angelou, who died in 2014, last graced Flint in 2002 during a spoken word performance to a standing-room-only audience at Whiting Auditorium. Fifteen years later,...

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Masonic Temple future uncertain as membership, income decline
Feb03

Masonic Temple future uncertain as membership, income decline

By Jan Worth-Nelson Downtown Flint’s Masonic Temple is not for sale, according to Judy Jones, the Temple manager. “We’d like to squelch those rumors,” she said in late January. But John Porritt, president of the Flint Masonic Temple Association board, said while the longtime downtown landmark is not for sale “at this time,” the matter has been under consideration because “our income is less than our expenses.” And sources who asked...

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Village Life:  We all need a “madness-free” zone
Feb02

Village Life: We all need a “madness-free” zone

By The Rev. Dan Scheid Closing St. Paul’s every-Tuesday lunch ministry for the end of November and all of December last year was one of the more frustrating calls I’ve had to make as parish priest. I had been noticing, along with volunteers and lunch guests, that tension and tempers in the parish hall were rising all year, and on consecutive weeks in November, scuffles broke out. The first was over an accusation of a stolen cell phone...

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Commentary: Goodbye, Barnum and Bailey, welcome circus politics
Feb01

Commentary: Goodbye, Barnum and Bailey, welcome circus politics

By Paul Rozycki It’s probably just a coincidence that in the same week that the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they were folding up their tent after 146 years, Donald Trump was sworn in as our next president. But in light of last year’s events, it’s understandable that the distinction between the circus and real life has become entirely too blurred and the competition too intense for heirs of P.T. Barnum. In...

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