Flint City Council votes for 30-day GLWA contract extension, water source issue eludes resolution
Oct30

Flint City Council votes for 30-day GLWA contract extension, water source issue eludes resolution

By Meghan Christian At an emergency meeting Friday, Oct. 27, the Flint City Council voted for a 30-day extension of the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) contract from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30.  The council, defying an order imposed by United States District Court Judge David Lawson that they come up with a long-term water source decision by Oct. 23, contended they need more time and information. According to a sternly-worded statement by...

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Planning Commission begins consideration of revised pot dispensary ordinance
Oct29

Planning Commission begins consideration of revised pot dispensary ordinance

By Sherrema Bower A proposed new city ordinance designed to govern area marijuana dispensaries took a step forward Oct. 24 as the Flint Planning Commission held a required public hearing on a draft of the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act Ordinance. The draft was presented by Kevin Schronce, lead planner at the City of Flint. Following the hearing, the Planning Commission went into executive session, but did not indicate a...

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Water, water, water, we the people, and weed star in second mayoral forum
Oct25

Water, water, water, we the people, and weed star in second mayoral forum

By Jan Worth-Nelson Eight candidates for mayor in Flint assured an audience of about 75 Thursday night at the Flint Public Library that they are about The People, that city government needs a change, and that each of them is the best one to deliver that change. Not one of the eight endorsed the proposal by Flint Mayor Karen Weaver for a 30-year contract to supply water to the city through the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA), the...

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Not quite fact, not quite fiction, “Flint”movie airing on Lifetime Oct. 28 still gets basics right
Oct23

Not quite fact, not quite fiction, “Flint”movie airing on Lifetime Oct. 28 still gets basics right

By Patsy Isenberg On Saturday evening, Oct. 21, hundreds of people filled The Whiting to get a first look at a movie about Flint’s water crisis called “Flint.”  The movie will be broadcast on the Lifetime Network this Saturday, Oct. 28. According to the directors and those in Flint on whose lives the movie is based, it is mostly factual and well-researched.  But they stress it’s not a documentary. Nonetheless, water activist...

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Mayoral candidate David Meier ends campaign as FBI debunks Medal of Honor claims
Oct23

Mayoral candidate David Meier ends campaign as FBI debunks Medal of Honor claims

By Jan Worth-Nelson Beset with evidence contradicting his claims that he was a Congressional Medal of Honor winner from the Vietnam War, Flint Mayoral candidate David Meier stated in an email to East Village Magazine today that he has ended his political campaign. “I went to city hall today to withdraw from the mayors race and was informed that it was too late,” he wrote. “I have decided to stop campaigning and doing...

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Commentary:  How to win an election without votes?  Gerrymander!
Oct22

Commentary: How to win an election without votes? Gerrymander!

By Paul Rozycki The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. -Joseph Stalin In a democracy the winners in elections are supposed to be decided by whoever gets the most votes. And that is usually true. However, the Soviet dictator’s words may be an ominous warning today. That basic, simple democratic rule can be manipulated to give victory to those who don’t get the most votes. For...

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