Commentary:  Join us–become a First Amendment warrior
Oct06

Commentary: Join us–become a First Amendment warrior

By Ted Nelson “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” –First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution In the September 2018 edition of East Village Magazine, a rare editorial proclaimed “The...

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Review:  “Daring Trader” captures profound role of Joseph Smith on how Flint became Flint
Oct06

Review: “Daring Trader” captures profound role of Joseph Smith on how Flint became Flint

By Harold C. Ford “In the signing of the 1819 treaty by the Chippewa and Ottawa, (Jacob Smith) had earned himself several hundreds of dollars in payment from the government for his secret work, while also quietly sowing the seeds for his white children to each receive hundreds of acres of desirable property where white settlement would almost certainly take place and a town (Flint) would grow.” …from The Daring Trader, Jacob...

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Mayor Karen Weaver:  “We are better off now”
Oct02

Mayor Karen Weaver: “We are better off now”

EVM interviewed both candidates in the Nov. 5 mayoral election:  incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver and Rep. Sheldon Neeley. We offer these stories for voters’ information and consideration.  The Neeley interview can be found here.  The city’s mayor will be chosen for a three-year term–Ed.  By Jan Worth-Nelson It’s mid-afternoon on a balmy Monday, the first day of autumn, and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver already is running...

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Rep. Sheldon Neeley:  “We should be further along”
Oct02

Rep. Sheldon Neeley: “We should be further along”

EVM interviewed both candidates in the Nov. 5 mayoral election:  incumbent Mayor Karen Weaver and Rep. Sheldon Neeley. We offer these stories for voters’ information and consideration. The Weaver interview can be found here. The city’s mayor will be chosen for a three-year term–Ed. By Tom Travis Speaking with East Village Magazine on his birthday, Sept. 20, Flint mayoral candidate Sheldon Neeley offered insight about...

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Village Life:  No boundaries for fear–A tale of two Flints
Oct01

Village Life: No boundaries for fear–A tale of two Flints

By Melodee Mabbitt On Halloween, I’ll have lived for 10 years in my house in the East Village, or what my mom referred to as “management’s neighborhood.” I recently tried to explain to someone in the neighborhood how different my life was before I came here, when I lived on Bennett Avenue and later on M. L. King. I tried to explain the first violent crime I’d witnessed, and then the next one. I don’t even know if I got them right. Was...

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Commentary:  Election 2019, Weaver, Neeley and the public library–How it’s different.  Why it matters.
Sep30

Commentary: Election 2019, Weaver, Neeley and the public library–How it’s different. Why it matters.

By Paul Rozycki The campaign signs are popping up. The campaign flyers are in the mail. TV and social media ads are sure to be seen soon. The Flint mayoral campaign is underway. In less than a month Flint voters will elect their next mayor—the first general election under the new charter.  But the big questions is—How much do Flint voters care?  In the August primary only 12 percent of the voters turned out to give Mayor Karen...

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