“Heinous,”  “scary,” “devastating”– Area women react to possible end of Roe v. Wade
May15

“Heinous,” “scary,” “devastating”– Area women react to possible end of Roe v. Wade

By Jan Worth-Nelson I set out to try to find out how some area women view the possibility that Roe v. Wade might be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 1973  decision gave women the right to decide whether they wanted to continue a pregnancy; at long last, first trimester abortions were made legal. Some forget that that decision struck down a Texas ban on abortion, establishing that it was unconstitutional.  The majority...

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“Defend Roe Rally” draws 250 to downtown protest:  “It’s not just about protests — VOTE!” speakers say
May14

“Defend Roe Rally” draws 250 to downtown protest: “It’s not just about protests — VOTE!” speakers say

By Jan Worth-Nelson, Tom Travis and Paul Rozycki Chanting  “We are not your incubator,”  “No uterus, no opinion,”  “Keep your laws off my body,” “My body, my choice,” “Abortion is health care,”  “We want Roe,” and  “We’re not going back” among others, about 250 Flint-area citizens marched from the Flat Lot in downtown Flint Saturday to the...

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Arbor Day means “Tree City USA” again for Flint,  many new trees for Pierce Park
Apr29

Arbor Day means “Tree City USA” again for Flint, many new trees for Pierce Park

By Jan Worth-Nelson A dozen retirees from the College Cultural Neighborhood Association (CCNA) worked alongside a half dozen professional tree lovers more than half their age to celebrate Arbor Day in Pierce Park Friday. The day also marked the City of Flint’s 22nd year as a “Tree City USA,”  a national designation of the Arbor Day Foundation  recognizing efforts to keep the community tree-filled and green, according...

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Fundraiser for Ukraine shows “Americans will always come through,” organizers say
Mar30

Fundraiser for Ukraine shows “Americans will always come through,” organizers say

By Jan Worth-Nelson A little more than halfway through a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Ukraine at the Dom Polski Hall Wednesday night, the kitchen ran out of food.  Almost everyone added extra cash to the donations box, and blue and yellow “Support Ukraine” and “Stand Up for Ukraine” signs sold briskly at a side table.   “We had enough for 225 people, but this looks like more than 250...

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Profile: “What if he had opened his eyes?”  Kelsey Ronan on grief, healing, breaking a curse in “Chevy in the Hole”
Feb10

Profile: “What if he had opened his eyes?” Kelsey Ronan on grief, healing, breaking a curse in “Chevy in the Hole”

By Jan Worth-Nelson Twelve years ago, Kelsey Ronan found her longtime partner Bryan dead of a heroin overdose in their Flint apartment. Out of what she describes as an onslaught of grief, anger, loss, and finally, a hard-won,  unsentimental hope,  the novel Chevy in the Hole was born. For Ronan, the book emerged from one poignant question:  “What would have happened if Bryan had opened his eyes”  instead of dying.  She has...

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