Village Life:  Flint moves beyond ghosts as autumn whispers in
Sep03

Village Life: Flint moves beyond ghosts as autumn whispers in

By Jan Worth-Nelson It’s a lovely cool morning, clear and fresh, reminding me of why it’s good to be in the Midwest. It feels like the first day of fall, the light turning slightly mellow, even though it’s only the first of September, and I’m up early going next door where new tenants are moving in today to what was our first home on Maxine. The empty house looks beautiful to my sleepy eyes, a classic Flint colonial with warm wood...

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Village Life:  Only slightly in mourning, my husband becomes a full-time Flintoid
Aug01

Village Life: Only slightly in mourning, my husband becomes a full-time Flintoid

By Jan Worth-Nelson If you see my husband Ted around town anytime soon, be especially kind. He is going through a trauma. He’s moving on, after four decades as a Californian, to become a fulltime Flintoid. He’s giving up his cherished “AWRDMKR” California license plate – an artifact of the awards and trophy business he founded. He’ll be trading it for…something else – for sure, NOT choosing the options that say “Pure Michigan.” I...

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Commentary:  Murder a harsh dose of reality in East Village
Jul31

Commentary: Murder a harsh dose of reality in East Village

By Paul Rozycki Some years ago, one of our favorite programs was “Murder, She Wrote,” where mystery writer Jessica Fletcher solved the latest murder in the small New England fishing village of Cabot Cove. At the time, my reaction was that for all of Flint’s crime problems, Cabot Cove must have had the highest crime rate in the world. Her little village produced at least one murder a week for a very small population. It just didn’t...

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Commentary:  Will a cool spring give us a hot summer?
Jun03

Commentary: Will a cool spring give us a hot summer?

By Paul Rozycki After a fairly mild winter, spring has been rather cool, gray, and rainy. However, what’s been true for the weather may not be true for this summer’s political outlook. More than a few political issues offer the prospect of being very hot. On the national level On the national scene, President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, growing rumors of a possible Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign, and the...

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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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