Review:  Energetic “Songs About Stuff” premiere explores the 90s with music, humor
Jun05

Review: Energetic “Songs About Stuff” premiere explores the 90s with music, humor

By Patsy Isenberg “I was walking down Haight Street in San Francisco when a counterculture douf cornered me/ She had a freshly dyed purple Mohawk, $120 Doc Martin boots on/ In other words, she was wearing about as much equity as I had made this year/And with a wanting look on her pale face she asked me for some change./I said, ‘Change comes from within.’” Those are some of the lyrics in “Alternateen,” one of 27 original Wally Pleasant...

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Education Beat:  Flint Schools ending Year One of three-year partnership; two hires debated; middle school locale still uncertain
Jun04

Education Beat: Flint Schools ending Year One of three-year partnership; two hires debated; middle school locale still uncertain

By Harold C. Ford (Note: The following article is about two recent meetings of the Flint Board of Education on May 8 and May 15.  Subsequently, a “Special Board Meeting” was held May 21 at the district’s administration building rather than the usual location at Southwestern Classical Academy.  The special meeting had been scheduled for May 20, was cancelled on May 20, and then held on May 21.  The only action item at the special...

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Review:  “Poisoned democracy, poisoned water,” activists’ impact — themes of new Flint book
Jun03

Review: “Poisoned democracy, poisoned water,” activists’ impact — themes of new Flint book

By Harold C. Ford “The lesson learned from the battle over the river was that the hardheaded resolve of even a small group of people could move mountains.”  … from Flint Fights Back, Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis,by Benjamin J. Pauli, The MIT Press, 2019 A wonderful photo is conspicuously positioned at the front of Benjamin Pauli’s new book on Flint’s water crisis, in which a water justice activist is...

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Commentary:  Fix the roads?  Who gets the money?
Jun03

Commentary: Fix the roads? Who gets the money?

By Paul Rozycki Gov. Whitmer is continuing her statewide campaign to garner support for a 45 cent gas tax increase, which would be used to “fix the damn roads.”  It remains to be seen whether or not she will get what she wants.  Most public opinion polls show little support for the large increase.  Republicans in the legislature have already called the proposal a “non-starter,” and it seems to have little chance of success in Lansing....

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News Brief: Genesee Health Plan to offer bus passes, Your Ride vouchers through Rotary grant
May30

News Brief: Genesee Health Plan to offer bus passes, Your Ride vouchers through Rotary grant

A $1,000 grant from the Rotary Club of Greater Flint Sunrise can go a long way in helping students and families in Flint get access to needed resources. The recent award to the Genesee Health Plan’s “Riding Above Barriers” programs will provide MTA bus passes and Your Ride vouchers to families within the Flint Community School District. The program will help reduce transportation barriers and improve access to...

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MCC Culinary Arts Institute opens June 7, featuring celebrity chef Carla Hall
May29

MCC Culinary Arts Institute opens June 7, featuring celebrity chef Carla Hall

By Darlene Carey Opportunities for culinary arts students and downtown dining take a leap forward June 7 with the grand opening of the Mott Community College Culinary Arts Institute, in a renovated historic building at the corner of Saginaw and Second streets downtown. After a public ribbon cutting ceremony at noon, the doors officially open from 1 to 3 p.m.  The public will be invited to tour the historic F.W. Woolworth building at...

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