Flint Registry, built to monitor, link and advocate for community health, gears up for September launch
Jul03

Flint Registry, built to monitor, link and advocate for community health, gears up for September launch

Flint Water Advisory Task Force Final Report, presented to Gov. Rick Snyder, March 21, 2016  Recommendation #7 to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services , p. 10:  “Establish and maintain a Flint Toxic Exposure Registry to include all the children and adults residing in Flint from April 2014 to present.” By Teddy Robertson In a significant marker of forward momentum in the aftermath of the water crisis, that 2016...

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Commentary:  A primary primer for the Aug. 7 election — REMEMBER TO VOTE
Jul03

Commentary: A primary primer for the Aug. 7 election — REMEMBER TO VOTE

By Paul Rozycki In less than a month, in the midst of summer vacations, art fairs, festivals, and car shows, Michigan will hold its regular primary, and the turnout is likely to be low, as it has been for years. That’s unfortunate because, for most officials, the primary is the real election—whoever wins the primary is likely to win in November. That’s because most of our election districts are gerrymandered to favor one party or the...

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Review:  Connor Coyne’s “Urbantasm: The Dying City” original, dark, magical, and infused with Flint
Jul02

Review: Connor Coyne’s “Urbantasm: The Dying City” original, dark, magical, and infused with Flint

Urbantasm  Book One: The Dying City by Connor Coyne Review by Robert R. Thomas Connor Coyne’s Urbantasm is the most original take on Flint I have read to date. Set in the fictional Rust Belt city of Akawe, Michigan, “an hour’s drive north of Detroit,” Coyne’s allegorical tale is a serial novel of four volumes the author says has taken 22 years to create. Book One: The Dying City will be published in September. The jacket of my...

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Hundreds gather downtown to protest migrant separations, Donald Trump
Jul01

Hundreds gather downtown to protest migrant separations, Donald Trump

By Jan Worth-Nelson On a 90-degree Saturday, hundreds of poster-toting citizens convened at the Flat Lot in Flint and marched back and forth on Saginaw Street to protest separations of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexican border, an action triggered by the Trump administration. To applause and loud cheers, march host Dan Chapman declared, of the family separation policy,  “It can’t happen, it has to stop.”...

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Village Life:  Why I moved to Flint
Jun29

Village Life: Why I moved to Flint

    By Ted Nelson My first experience of Flint was Bishop International Airport.  I still wonder about the “International” part.  Could it be that Flint itself is another country? Perhaps there are secret flights here in the dark of night — aliens sneaking in from all over the world to benefit from the city’s abundance of jobs, services, and amenities.  Who knows? I, however, was on a mission of another kind. I was at Bishop because...

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