Village Life:  A reclaimed piano reclaims grace in a time of plague
Sep03

Village Life: A reclaimed piano reclaims grace in a time of plague

By Jan Worth-Nelson Some days, no matter how hard you try to stay sane, it’s just too much. Picture me roaming around my house — a sprawling old place with several  routes for pacing and hiding — where we’ve been mostly cloistered,   like any reasonable oldsters shrinking away from COVID-19, since March. Picture me agitated, limbs sort of flapping, arms akimbo from time to time.  Picture me muttering and cussing.  Picture my pandemic...

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Commentary: COVID-19, mail-in voting challenge the USPS, election clerks
Sep01

Commentary: COVID-19, mail-in voting challenge the USPS, election clerks

By Paul Rozycki What would it take to make 2020 the most disruptive year in decades? How about a global pandemic, where the U.S. has more cases than every other nation on earth? How about an economic collapse, with unemployment worse than anything seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s? How about racial divisions more intense than anything since the 1960s civil rights era? How about an election that revolves around the most...

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Commentary:  An August primary primer–how it’s different and why its important
Jul12

Commentary: An August primary primer–how it’s different and why its important

By Paul Rozycki In a time of the COVID-19 virus, economic shutdowns, Black Lives Matter protests, and 500-year floods, it’s difficult to focus on something as routine as an August primary election.  Even in “normal” times, the primary is often overshadowed by summer vacations, county fairs, and car cruises, and the turnout is usually low.  But this August 4, voters will have opportunity to cast their ballots in what may be one of the...

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Village Life:  Flint’s newest journalists are eight years old and raring to write
Jun27

Village Life: Flint’s newest journalists are eight years old and raring to write

By Jan Worth-Nelson Paxon Laube-Clary’s head hurt.  Stuck at home in pandemic shutdown, he was spending three to four hours a day of screen time keeping up with his classes at the Perry Innovation Center in Grand Blanc. His friend since preschool, Julian Pauli, home from the Flint Cultural Center Academy, was in the same condition.  They thought it might be fun to do something different — something off the screen. So they...

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Commentary:  Mixed messages on COVID-19–whom should we believe?
May25

Commentary: Mixed messages on COVID-19–whom should we believe?

By Paul Rozycki What’s your answer to any of these questions about the COVID-19 crisis? Should we wear a face mask or not?  If so when? Will the summer heat kill the virus? Will hydroxychloroquine get rid of it? Will there be a vaccine by the end of the year? When should the nation begin to ‘open up’? When will I be able to get a haircut? What is an ‘essential service’? Should I go to my dentist or doctor for routine exams? When will...

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Commentary:  As the lockdowns end, the responsibility lies with us
May11

Commentary: As the lockdowns end, the responsibility lies with us

By Dick Ramsdell Whether we call ourselves Children of God. lost souls, homo sapiens, or simply human beings, there are almost 8 billion of us on the small ball in space which we call Planet Earth, and we make up a veritable playground for what has emerged as our universal enemy: The Virus. It doesn’t care what country we live in, what our name is, what our title is, how much our family cares about us, how much money we have, what...

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