Commentary: Woodside pastor weighs in on town hall, separation of church and state
Apr21

Commentary: Woodside pastor weighs in on town hall, separation of church and state

By Jan Worth-Nelson Following last night’s town hall in a North End sanctuary, one who responded was Deb Conrad, pastor of Woodside Church.  In a personal blog post shared with East Village Magazine today, Conrad said, “the building isn’t the problem — city leadership is the problem.” At the end of the tumultuous meeting,  six were ejected from the church and arrested for disruptive behavior, assaulting...

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Commentary:  Flint’s taxes 2017–any happy returns?
Mar27

Commentary: Flint’s taxes 2017–any happy returns?

By Paul Rozycki If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat, If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.                    George Harrison, The Beatles, “Taxman” Like many at this time of the year, I’ve just hit the ‘File’ button on my Turbo Tax, and I’ve stuffed all my W2s, 1040s, 1099s, bank statements, receipts, random papers...

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Commentary:  Flint Huddle, “nasty women” inspire hope
Mar07

Commentary: Flint Huddle, “nasty women” inspire hope

By Robert R. Thomas Fittingly, revelation occurred in the sanctuary of Woodside Church, where I was photographed grinning like a Michigan loon in the company of 60 or so “nasty women” and men of all ages, persuasions and races. But it was “nasty women” who had convened it. I had seen the light, and it was “nasty women.” The gathering was a Flint Huddle. Organized as an outgrowth of the Women’s March...

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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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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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