Column:  While we were dealing with the water crisis…
Apr04

Column: While we were dealing with the water crisis…

By Paul Rozycki As Flint works its way through its water crisis, the range of problems seem overwhelming. Every time it looks like we’ve solved one problem, another rears its head. At first it seemed that all we needed to do was replace the old lead pipes in the homes that had them, as difficult and expensive as that might be. But getting the lead out of the water may be more complex than simply replacing lead pipes—some of the homes...

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Pretending to be happy:  smart guys say it works
Apr04

Pretending to be happy: smart guys say it works

This column first appeared in the April, 2009 edition. In light of the rough “Winter of the Water” and all of its depressing side-effects Flintoids have survived, it seems appropriate to remind ourselves of these ideas again. By Jan Worth-Nelson Sheepishly, I admit it: two of my favorite words are “lugubrious” and “lachrymose.” They’re fun to say. I dare you to say them out loud yourself, right now, in Steady Eddy’s or the Lunch...

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Gray Panthers stalk Flint events:  remembering That Weekend (Part I)
Mar16

Gray Panthers stalk Flint events: remembering That Weekend (Part I)

  By Robert R. Thomas The plan was to take a list of ten events surrounding the Democratic debate at the Whiting and participate in as many as chilly weather and aging bones permitted. My wife Ingrid and I were more interested in the scenes surrounding the main event than the debate itself. We were also interested in participating, not just observing. The opening event was a 2 p.m. rally held by #JUSTICE4FLINT at Willson Park followed...

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Bernie makes it better:  remembering That Weekend (Part 2)
Mar16

Bernie makes it better: remembering That Weekend (Part 2)

By Teddy Robertson  The March 6, 2016 Democratic debate is over. That it was held in Flint seems more amazing now than it did the Sunday I stood in a line that snaked around the Whiting parking lot—students, Flint old timers (“I walked to Flint Central 50 years ago!”), guys with union hall physiques and no topcoat, proper ministerial types, politicos in snug-fitting silky suits. I got a ticket through Flint Neighborhoods...

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Beyond the Water Crisis:  Ready for prime time?  Too much prime time?
Mar04

Beyond the Water Crisis: Ready for prime time? Too much prime time?

  By Paul Rozycki Before last November’s election there were many who wondered if Dr. Karen Weaver, running for her first elective office, was ready for prime time. It seems that we have our answer. In just a little over three months, has any mayor of a similar sized city had as much national, state and local air-time? Indeed, has any Flint mayor ever gotten so much media coverage? But, after all the interviews, Rachel Maddow...

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Village Life:  Flint’s water story triggers writers’ unease
Mar03

Village Life: Flint’s water story triggers writers’ unease

By Jan Worth-Nelson Scene One: I’m sitting under a yellow umbrella with Andrew Highsmith and my husband Ted in a sunny plaza at a California university. The yellow makes our faces look like we’ve smeared ourselves with dandelions. It’s a chilly but sunny 63. Highsmith has just gone back for seconds on his drink. “This diet black cherry soda is unbelievably good,” he says. I’m finishing my avocado and quinoa salad and Ted is leaning...

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