Systems still are failing Flint, panelists assert at UM Bicentennial event
Oct21

Systems still are failing Flint, panelists assert at UM Bicentennial event

By Jan Worth-Nelson Less than a mile from where two U.S. Congressmen were touring the Flint Farmers’ Market with considerable fanfare and a scrum of reporters and photographers in tow, a panel at a much quieter event at the Flint Public Library asserted that Flint has been severely failed in the water crisis at all levels of government, that victims have repeatedly been blamed, and that the trouble is far from over. They...

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With host Dan Kildee, Joseph Kennedy III visits Flint, calls for long-term revitalization
Oct21

With host Dan Kildee, Joseph Kennedy III visits Flint, calls for long-term revitalization

By Jan Worth-Nelson U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee brought his House of Representatives colleague, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III of Massachusetts, to Flint Saturday, a visit culminating in a tour of the Flint Farmer’s Market where, after buying fresh tomatoes, flowers and a danish from Crust,  the two emphasized the need for access to fresh fruits and vegetables in the wake of the Flint water crisis. Kildee and Kennedy, grandson of...

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Quilter/musician Joe Cunningham comes home to old haunts,  delivers exuberance and wit
Oct20

Quilter/musician Joe Cunningham comes home to old haunts, delivers exuberance and wit

By Jan Worth-Nelson Nationally-recognized quilter and musician Joe Cunningham has not just cleared the path for male quilters across the country, but also has led quilting in general into the fine arts world over the past two decades, according to Greater Flint Arts Council president and CEO Greg Fiedler. And as it happens, Cunningham’s love of quilting began with an experimental little hoop, an apartment on Thomson Street, and...

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Tribalism, bankruptcy, a city “tithe” to the homeless emerge as proposals at first mayoral candidate forum
Oct19

Tribalism, bankruptcy, a city “tithe” to the homeless emerge as proposals at first mayoral candidate forum

By Jan Worth-Nelson A Flint audience of about 6o got a closer look at five of the 18 candidates for mayor of the city at the Flint Public Library Thursday night in the first of two candidate forums. Their decidedly mixed comments ranged from proposing a city “tithe,” to establishing a tribal government that makes its own license plates to resisting the pending contract for the city’s water source. The forum featured...

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Mayoral candidate David Meier doubles down on claims;  Congressional Medal office disagrees
Oct19

Mayoral candidate David Meier doubles down on claims; Congressional Medal office disagrees

By Jan Worth-Nelson The East Village Magazine website was briefly taken down this afternoon by a source unknown to the magazine after David Meier, a Flint candidate for mayor whose claims that he was a Medal of Honor recipient have been challenged, doubled down to EVM on his claims.  Here is the email he sent: “I am so upset that I feel like I am in the middle of a divorce and I can’t sleep. The FBI told me not to talk...

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Poem:  Lexicon for a Tyrant
Oct18

Poem: Lexicon for a Tyrant

Lexicon for a Tyrant By Teddy Robertson   You may wonder why I need a phrase book he travels to us, after all— unbidden on the screen. He comes with simple words, monosyllables from happy times with little ones huge great bad good win smart weak tough Soon come the chants— paroxytones of schoolyard taunts stupid crazy moron loser And last the epithets, engravers of memory (as bards knew well) He tests each smear,...

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