Commentary:  Trees, transparency and trust in Flint
Feb26

Commentary: Trees, transparency and trust in Flint

By Paul Rozycki “Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.” –  George Bernard Shaw   “A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.” –Adlai E. Stevenson “Peace and trust take years to build and seconds to shatter.” ― Mahogany SilverRain The problem with...

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Commentary:  When it comes to Trump, it may be time for Plan B
Feb26

Commentary: When it comes to Trump, it may be time for Plan B

By Paul Rozycki We’ve been doing it all wrong. For those of us who have greeted Donald Trump’s election with fear and loathing, we have spent the last year and half pointing out his egomania, his “alternate facts,”  his boorish attacks on almost every group under the sun, and his lack of understanding of the basics of American government and history. We have attacked his ties to Russia, his financial conflicts of interest,...

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View from the Coast:  “Indivisible” group well underway to resist, combat Trump
Feb26

View from the Coast: “Indivisible” group well underway to resist, combat Trump

By Teddy Robertson It’s Feb. 16 and a big rainstorm is predicted for California tonight. It is also Day 27 of the new administration of the 45th President of the United States. I’ve come out for the first meeting of San Pedro, California, residents interested in a movement to resist the Trump agenda called “Indivisible.” I live in nearby Torrance this time of the year, so I’ve turned up too. Indivisible emerged from the...

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Essay: Protests carry forward spirits of two mothers and an old friend, still on the march
Feb07

Essay: Protests carry forward spirits of two mothers and an old friend, still on the march

By Teddy Robertson I haven’t seen Judy for fifty years, but here she is on Facebook, standing next to a sign that reads: “I can’t believe I’m still protesting this shit.” Her face is not really familiar to me but it triggers the memory of another face—her mother. Of course, I might not recognize Judy herself after so many decades and never seeing her as a grown up. But when we were kids our mothers were in their prime. I...

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Village Life:  Buckle up for the pursuit of truth
Nov27

Village Life: Buckle up for the pursuit of truth

 Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. By Jan Worth-Nelson There’s a room in our house I can’t go into right now. It’s the den, a formerly beloved room we’ve always nestled into, a small...

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Village Life:  scratch a Flintoid these days, you’ll find a chemist
Sep01

Village Life: scratch a Flintoid these days, you’ll find a chemist

By Jan Worth-Nelson One Thursday in August, as Virginia Tech researcher Marc Edwards was presenting his most recent findings to the cameras and lights nearby, another less glamorous group of us — me a lone reporter in the third row — were sitting restlessly in a chemistry class at City Hall. It was actually a meeting of the Flint Water Recovery Group, an ongoing consortium of social service agencies and residents closely...

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