Gas-burning cars and trucks will be left behind, futurists of SEJ panel predict at Factory One
Oct16

Gas-burning cars and trucks will be left behind, futurists of SEJ panel predict at Factory One

By Harold C. Ford A panel of automotive futurists anticipated the next great transportation transition for the human species during the first day of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ (SEJ) 28th Annual Conference in Flint, Oct. 3-7.  That transition will likely leave behind individually-owned, gas-burning cars and trucks as travelers opt for autonomous, electric, shared vehicles. Panelists included: freelance...

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Book Review:  David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car by Lawrence Gustin
Oct13

Book Review: David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car by Lawrence Gustin

by Harold C. Ford Get your name on 40 million cars and you’re bound to find fame and fortune.  Nonetheless, David Dunbar Buick was forgotten first by the company that bears his name, then by the public, and ultimately by historians. Author, Flint native, former Flint Journal reporter and retired Buick assistant public relations director Lawrence Gustin aims to correct this historical oversight with his 2006 book David Buick’s...

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A New Generation:  Millennials, young adults like Flint’s Santino Guerra embracing politics
Oct01

A New Generation: Millennials, young adults like Flint’s Santino Guerra embracing politics

By Meghan Christian According to Ruth Milkman’s analysis “A New Political Generation: Millennials and the Post-2008 Wave of Protest” in the January, 2017 American Sociological Review, the media has perpetuated an idea that millennials (who range between 22 and 36 years old currently) are lazy, entitled, and less engaged overall. This was demonstrated by the 2013 Time Magazine cover story claiming millennials as the “Me, Me, Me”...

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Analysis/Commentary:  Who votes, who doesn’t, and why it matters
Sep02

Analysis/Commentary: Who votes, who doesn’t, and why it matters

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. –Franklin D. Roosevelt Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as it is by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter. –Dwight D. Eisenhower By Paul...

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Flint Community School district facing make-or-break challenge under state partnership agreement
Aug22

Flint Community School district facing make-or-break challenge under state partnership agreement

By Jan Worth-Nelson and Harold C. Ford Behind the scenes as Flint students and teachers go back to school this fall, a make-or-break drama is underway that significantly affects the future of the Flint Community Schools, its 12 schools and 4,600 students. The district, which landed last year in the bottom five percent of districts statewide, has been placed in a category of “chronically failing schools,” and given 36 months by the...

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Commentary:  A primary primer for the Aug. 7 election — REMEMBER TO VOTE
Jul03

Commentary: A primary primer for the Aug. 7 election — REMEMBER TO VOTE

By Paul Rozycki In less than a month, in the midst of summer vacations, art fairs, festivals, and car shows, Michigan will hold its regular primary, and the turnout is likely to be low, as it has been for years. That’s unfortunate because, for most officials, the primary is the real election—whoever wins the primary is likely to win in November. That’s because most of our election districts are gerrymandered to favor one party or the...

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