Village Life:  One sign leads to another, but does “Love Trump Hate”?
Jan07

Village Life: One sign leads to another, but does “Love Trump Hate”?

By Jan Worth-Nelson Just to be clear, I can’t stand Donald Trump. Back in the late 80s when I’d just started working at UM-Flint, a colleague of mine and I bonded over our extreme disdain for The Donald – we called him The Fat-fingered Vulgarian. We used to stop each other in the hallways to swap hilarities about his latest oily escapades. He was a huge joke to us, a cartoon, cheap entertainment in the face of boring institutional...

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“Tens of thousands” damaged by Flint water crisis, class action lawsuit attorneys contend
Dec20

“Tens of thousands” damaged by Flint water crisis, class action lawsuit attorneys contend

By Stacie Scherman A class action lawsuit against key figures in the State of Michigan and the City of Flint is likely to ultimately include up to 30,000 households and tens of thousands of residents seeking compensations and damages from the Flint water crisis, according to attorneys representing the plaintiffs. Those numbers are an evolving estimate of those “who have been injured physically, psychologically, whose children...

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Village Life:  There’s no avoiding family life this season
Dec11

Village Life: There’s no avoiding family life this season

Column by Jan Worth-Nelson The trouble with holidays, really, is families. The trouble with holidays is how society arm-wrestles us into facing who begat us. Sitting around various dining room tables, the menu rife with clichéd dishes and family histories – and so often histrionics – every year we play out, once again, what we’re like when we’re together. Who doesn’t dread it: the worn-out in-jokes, the one over-exuberant drunk, the...

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ISIS: What it is–and what it isn’t
Dec06

ISIS: What it is–and what it isn’t

By Paul Rozycki Editor’s Note:  Paul Rozycyki offered EVM this “bonus” column as a local response to the Paris attacks.  In light of what happened in San Bernardino and the President’s remarks in his Sunday night address to the nation, Rozycki’s comments take on even more relevance. After the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris a few weeks ago the reactions were, as you might expect, immediate and angry....

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The 12 (or 13) Days of Christmas:  a wish list for Mayor Weaver
Dec06

The 12 (or 13) Days of Christmas: a wish list for Mayor Weaver

  By Paul Rozycki As Mayor Karen Weaver begins her first 100 days in office with a list of ambitious plans for the city, she and the citizens of Flint have a long list of hopes for the upcoming holiday season and beyond. In that light, here’s a proposed wish list for Flint’s new mayor. May we all find our stockings filled with these wishes granted in the 12 days of Christmas! On the First Day of Christmas: Let’s hope Mayor Weaver...

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