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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Review:  Flint’s “Women of a New Tribe” show shines at FIA
Feb04

Review: Flint’s “Women of a New Tribe” show shines at FIA

By Harold C. Ford I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman,   That’s me.   Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.   …from “Phenomenal Woman” and “Still I Rise,” Maya Angelou, 1978 American literary giant Angelou, who died in 2014, last graced Flint in 2002 during a spoken word performance to a standing-room-only audience at Whiting Auditorium. Fifteen...

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Village Life:  We all need a “madness-free” zone
Feb02

Village Life: We all need a “madness-free” zone

By The Rev. Dan Scheid Closing St. Paul’s every-Tuesday lunch ministry for the end of November and all of December last year was one of the more frustrating calls I’ve had to make as parish priest. I had been noticing, along with volunteers and lunch guests, that tension and tempers in the parish hall were rising all year, and on consecutive weeks in November, scuffles broke out. The first was over an accusation of a stolen cell phone...

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Commentary: Goodbye, Barnum and Bailey, welcome circus politics
Feb01

Commentary: Goodbye, Barnum and Bailey, welcome circus politics

By Paul Rozycki It’s probably just a coincidence that in the same week that the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus announced they were folding up their tent after 146 years, Donald Trump was sworn in as our next president. But in light of last year’s events, it’s understandable that the distinction between the circus and real life has become entirely too blurred and the competition too intense for heirs of P.T. Barnum. In...

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