Commentary:  2018 is not your typical midterm election
Oct01

Commentary: 2018 is not your typical midterm election

By Paul Rozycki This year’s midterm election could be like most other midterms….except when it’s not. And it looks like it’s not going to be like most midterm elections. The usual midterm election Here’s what usually happens in most midterm elections. First, the turnout is lower than during a presidential election year. While we usually get about 60 percent of potential voters turning out in a presidential year, in a midterm we...

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Luminous “JFK:  The Last Speech” essay collection reverberates 55 years after one October day
Sep23

Luminous “JFK: The Last Speech” essay collection reverberates 55 years after one October day

By Robert R. Thomas On Oct, 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his last public speech, at Amherst College in western Massachusetts.   The occasion of Kennedy’s Convocation Address at Amherst was the ground-breaking ceremony for the Robert Frost Library.  Frost, an avid friend and supporter of JFK, had taught at Amherst for many years and had died the previous January. A month later,  JFK himself would be dead, assassinated in...

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Review/Commentary:  Foreboding “Fahrenheit 11/9” a jumbled jeremiad, but we still need it
Sep12

Review/Commentary: Foreboding “Fahrenheit 11/9” a jumbled jeremiad, but we still need it

By Jan Worth-Nelson In his opening remarks to a crowd of about 1,000 at the screening of his new movie “Fahrenheit 11/9” Monday night at Whiting Auditorium in Flint,  Michael Moore said he was trying to do his part to save the movies. Movie theaters,  he said, are “the last place that people can go to be with other people to feel, to laugh, to be angry, to be thoughtful.”  His movies have often created just...

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Commentary:  Environmental Justice Summit convened empowering visions of clean water, air, land
Sep11

Commentary: Environmental Justice Summit convened empowering visions of clean water, air, land

By Michael Mascarenhas On Sept. 8, the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition hosted the 3rd Environmental Justice Statewide Summit at Flint’s New McCree Theatre. The event brought together close to 200 activists, environmental practitioners, citizens, and scholars  to talk about what it means for all living beings to have clean and affordable access to water, air, and land. This was an important opportunity not only to...

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Analysis/Commentary:  Who votes, who doesn’t, and why it matters
Sep02

Analysis/Commentary: Who votes, who doesn’t, and why it matters

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. –Franklin D. Roosevelt Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as it is by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter. –Dwight D. Eisenhower By Paul...

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Village Life:  Why I use medical cannabis
Aug01

Village Life: Why I use medical cannabis

By Ted Nelson I thought I was losing my mind.  Two sleepless nights in a row had left me exhausted, depressed, and mentally discombobulated.  I was having dinner at my Los Angeles apartment with my youngest son, sharing my distress. A month earlier, I had been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate after complaining of regularly having to get up at night to pee.  My doctor prescribed Flomax.  Two weeks on Flomax and my nighttime runs to...

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