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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CCNA neighbors act to save parkway trees;  city council president pledges help
Feb21

CCNA neighbors act to save parkway trees; city council president pledges help

By Jan Worth-Nelson This story has been modified from its original version to include further comment from Angela Warren, administrator of the Genesee Conservation District, and followup comments from CCNA president Mike Keeler — Ed. When Mike Keeler, president of the College Cultural Neighborhood Association, noticed a seeming increase in tree cutting in the Seventh Ward area known for its silver maple canopies last summer, he...

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Mayor welcomes 33 new firefighters-in-training;  Station #8 expected to reopen
Feb20

Mayor welcomes 33 new firefighters-in-training; Station #8 expected to reopen

By Jan Worth-Nelson Thirty-three firefighters-in-training  made a surprise stop at City Hall today as Mayor Karen Weaver conducted a press conference in the lobby about water credits. The prospective addition of the firefighters– thirty-one male, two female —  whose training is expected to be completed in June, offers good news to the city as the mayor and Governor Rick Snyder continue to wrangle over the potential end of...

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Longstanding “systemic racism” implicated in Flint water crisis, Civil Rights Commission asserts
Feb18

Longstanding “systemic racism” implicated in Flint water crisis, Civil Rights Commission asserts

By Jan Worth-Nelson While asserting that there were no “overt racist actions” that created the Flint water crisis, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission stated Friday that if the question is “Was race a factor in the Flint Water Crisis,” the answer would be “an unreserved and undeniable – yes.” Would it have happened in Birmingham, Ann Arbor, or Grand Rapids — relatively wealthy cities...

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State won’t bend on end to water credits, Weaver says, adding tap water still not safe
Feb15

State won’t bend on end to water credits, Weaver says, adding tap water still not safe

By Jan Worth-Nelson Note:  This story has been corrected to clarify that the proposal to hire Aonie Gilcreast has not yet come before the Flint City Council–Ed. A disagreement on what constitutes acceptable water quality between city officials and Governor Rick Snyder is at the heart of Mayor Karen Weaver’s unsuccessful effort to forestall the end of water credits for Flint residents. And in another piece of bad news, city...

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Weaver objects to state’s sudden water credit cutoff, asks “why now?”
Feb13

Weaver objects to state’s sudden water credit cutoff, asks “why now?”

By Robert. R. Thomas Mayor Karen Weaver held a press conference this morning in City Hall to address issues surrounding the suspension of state water credits for Flint residents. Referencing a letter she received from Governor Rick Snyder’s office last week, the mayor said she made contact with the governor to set up a meeting with him at the end of this week or early next week to voice concerns caused by the letter. The mayor...

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