“Restoration” of sidewalks and lawns post-pipe replacement turns into labyrinth of delays
Jul19

“Restoration” of sidewalks and lawns post-pipe replacement turns into labyrinth of delays

By Jan Worth-Nelson and Tom Travis When will the residents of Flint get their lawns and sidewalks restored following three years of water pipe excavations and replacement? The answer to that, yet another sign of how elusive “closure” can be in the years’ long community water crisis, is apparently — eventually. Like many other aspects of the water crisis, the details are a labyrinth of federal, state and city funds and...

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MTA specialized programs “a blessing,”  offering expanding services to Flint
Jul18

MTA specialized programs “a blessing,” offering expanding services to Flint

By Madeleine Graham My life changed when my car broke, and I did not have the funds to repair it.  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) started when I missed a flight, and then I boarded a wrong bus in Washington State.  Fortunately with a lot of friends and family support, I made it back to Michigan. As a person with both PTSD and bipolar disorder, I depend on two services of the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA):  Your Ride and...

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Art Walk Scene:  Hip-hop, pop-ups, ice cream, art–downtown’s alive
Jul14

Art Walk Scene: Hip-hop, pop-ups, ice cream, art–downtown’s alive

By Tom Travis Entering the Flint Art Walk Friday night at Third Street and Saginaw, you  hear the sounds of hip-hop and R&B. An open mic is provided for anyone brave enough to try a song on karaoke–though nobody’s there yet in the early evening sunlight.   Right away, you’re greeted by various vendors participating in pop-up shops with #imbuildingsomething, a consulting business started by Ebony Gipson. She...

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Kildee, Mays and Johnson discuss Flint water crisis at WDET panel
Jul13

Kildee, Mays and Johnson discuss Flint water crisis at WDET panel

By Paul Rozycki According to U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee (5th District), obtaining justice for the Flint water crisis requires that those responsible be “held liable for the damage, that the basic water infrastructure be repaired, that residents be charged a fair price for their water and the health issues of the community be addressed.” Those comments came at the end of a panel discussion at the Flint Public Library Saturday hosted...

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Book Review:  “American Dialogue” offers indispensable conversation between “then” and “now”
Jul13

Book Review: “American Dialogue” offers indispensable conversation between “then” and “now”

By Robert R. Thomas In assessing the here and now, history offers an indispensable perspective. American Dialogue is an enlightening example. As author and historian Joseph Ellis puts it, “The study of history is an ongoing conversation between past and present from which we all have much to learn.” Subtitled The Founders and Us, his book’s focus is a dialogue between America’s founding fathers and our current historical state. “We...

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Village Life:  A raptor crash heralded my life with birds
Jul08

Village Life: A raptor crash heralded my life with birds

By Teddy Robertson Smack! The front legs of my chair leave the floor, my hands pop off the laptop keyboard; I jerk backward.  A split second, then a tinkling sound ripples over my left shoulder.  I turn and look: in the storm window beside me fissures radiate outward as if pushed by an invisible hand.  Something’s struck the plate glass almost dead center. I’m out the door — scanning the front porch for a clue — but the missile...

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