Village Life:  Just another drag queen bingo night in Flint cheering things up
Feb18

Village Life: Just another drag queen bingo night in Flint cheering things up

By Jan Worth-Nelson Can Flint be any more itself than combining a crowded bookstore, bingo, and a  curvy six-foot tall drag queen in red sequins hollering out “B-8, bitches!”? I’ve been here more than 35 years and by now there is nothing much that could surprise me about my adopted hometown.  The energy at Totem Bookstore’s Drag Queen Bingo night makes me think no matter how pissed we get at the world, no...

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Review: Sloan exhibit captures persistent intertwining threads of race and housing in Flint history
Feb03

Review: Sloan exhibit captures persistent intertwining threads of race and housing in Flint history

By Dylan Doherty “An Equal Opportunity Lie,” a new exhibit highlighting the intertwining influences of race and housing in the history of Flint, opened at the Sloan Museum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15 and runs until May 28. The title is a quote from Floyd McCree, Flint’s first black mayor, who resigned in 1967 after the Flint City Commission voted down an embattled proposed fair housing ordinance.  As the exhibit...

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Gerrymandering Part Three:  going to court
Jan29

Gerrymandering Part Three: going to court

By Paul Rozycki Just when you thought you’ve heard enough about gerrymandering, and the ballot proposals to end it—there is one more line of attack. Now the courts are getting involved. Two previous columns in past issues of East Village Magazine (Part One here, Part Two here)  have outlined the problems and history of gerrymandering, drawing oddly shaped election districts to favor one party over another. A second column also...

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Commentary:  Fixing gerrymandering–Michigan’s ballot proposal
Dec04

Commentary: Fixing gerrymandering–Michigan’s ballot proposal

By Paul Rozycki “Politics is more difficult than physics.” – Albert Einstein Last month’s column took a look at the history and techniques of gerrymandering and its impact on American politics. It’s not hard to see that the process of drawing odd-shaped and unfair election districts favoring one party over another is a major problem and distorts our politics in many ways. Seeing the problem is the easy part. Fixing it may prove...

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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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