In praise of (good) politicians
Jul21

In praise of (good) politicians

By Paul Rozycki “Politics is more difficult than physics.” -Albert Einstein Last month’s East Village Magazine was devoted to the idea of good governance and the problems with dysfunctional government in Genesee County, as we took a look at the Flint City Council, the Flint Community School Board, and the many problems they have faced. Some of those problems have been blamed on “politics” or “politicians.”  Sometimes, it seems...

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Village Life: It’s too hot for lies and threats to democracy, even for journalists here at home
Jul04

Village Life: It’s too hot for lies and threats to democracy, even for journalists here at home

By Jan Worth-Nelson Today’s it’s 95 degrees outside and the AC is rumbling like a 19th century train.  I’m passing on taking my daily walk, and I hurry outside only briefly to add water to the bird bath, hoping all the creatures will find a cool retreat. I’m recovering from a trip to the dentist, where something came over me.  I had a mouth full of the hygienist’s hands as she scraped away, and I got a coughing fit.  I grabbed her...

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Commentary: Good government isn’t easy. It’s up to all of us to make it work
Jun23

Commentary: Good government isn’t easy. It’s up to all of us to make it work

By Paul Rozycki When Flint School Board President Danielle Greene [allegedly] assaulted board Treasurer Laura McIntyre during a Flint Community School Board meeting last March, the school board accomplished something that few thought humanly possible. If even for a short time, they replaced the Flint City Council as the most dysfunctional government in the county. That’s no small accomplishment. Not to be outdone in the race for...

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Review:  Fantastic adaptation of “The Fantasticks” celebrates a new perspective
Jun07

Review: Fantastic adaptation of “The Fantasticks” celebrates a new perspective

By Patsy Isenberg and Tom Travis A festive conclusion of The Rep’s final presentation of the season, The Fantasticks, opened to an appreciative full house  Friday, June 3. The iconic musical is the longest-running production in the history of the American stage and one of the most frequently produced musicals in the world.  The Rep’s production, while respectful of that history, also offers something different.  A pre-show...

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Commentary: The legal road to Roe v. Wade and back: It’s more than just a court case
May23

Commentary: The legal road to Roe v. Wade and back: It’s more than just a court case

By Paul Rozycki Perhaps nothing illustrates both the legal and personal sides of the abortion issue better than two unrelated recent events. A few weeks ago, we learned that the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to overturn a half century of protection for abortion rights, and, in the same week, we learned that the lack of baby formula is reaching a crisis level.  Based upon a leaked court opinion, (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health...

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“Heinous,”  “scary,” “devastating”– Area women react to possible end of Roe v. Wade
May15

“Heinous,” “scary,” “devastating”– Area women react to possible end of Roe v. Wade

By Jan Worth-Nelson I set out to try to find out how some area women view the possibility that Roe v. Wade might be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.  The 1973  decision gave women the right to decide whether they wanted to continue a pregnancy; at long last, first trimester abortions were made legal. Some forget that that decision struck down a Texas ban on abortion, establishing that it was unconstitutional.  The majority...

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