Village Life:  A tale of two signs on the “Eastside” of Flint
Jan09

Village Life: A tale of two signs on the “Eastside” of Flint

By Gary Fisher They’re just metal street signs. Been there for years, decades, a very long time, after all. There they are perched at the top of a standard street sign pole. Nothing to see here, folks. Or maybe there is. Well at least for me there is. That’s because sometimes street signs aren’t just street signs. Sometimes they are so much more. Those two signs were the literal and figurative signposts of not only my life, but also...

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Review: The Little Prince “tames” Rep audiences with good storytelling, acting, direction, and stage design
Dec31

Review: The Little Prince “tames” Rep audiences with good storytelling, acting, direction, and stage design

By Patsy Isenberg The stage version of “The Little Prince,”  written by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar based on the beloved children’s book by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, closed Dec. 23 after a successful run at the Flint Repertory Theater. The Rep’s execution of the endearing play, with only four characters, featured deft direction, excellent acting, evocative set design, and haunting sound...

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Commentary: People’s health comes first–fighting the Lead and Copper Rule is shameful
Dec28

Commentary: People’s health comes first–fighting the Lead and Copper Rule is shameful

[This op-ed was originally published in the Detroit Free Press;  reprinted with permission] By Ridgway White The most important function of government is to protect the safety and well-being of citizens. That’s why it’s disheartening to learn some southeast Michigan cities and the utilities that serve them are trying to thwart Michigan’s new Lead and Copper Rule. Instead of suing to block implementation of the rule, they should put...

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Jacky King laid to rest:  Flint loses a genuine hero
Dec23

Jacky King laid to rest: Flint loses a genuine hero

by Harold C. Ford “Get out there and make a damn difference.”  –Jacky King, Dec. 2017, STAND Magazine  The greater Flint area, the Beecher community in particular, lost a genuine hero on Dec. 13, 2018 with the passing of Jacky King.  King, 65, succumbed to a year-long battle with brain cancer. Community activist, entrepreneur, Hall of Fame martial artist, urban farmer, Mt. Morris Township trustee, and mentor to thousands of...

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Commentary: Should the Lame Duck be a dead duck?
Dec23

Commentary: Should the Lame Duck be a dead duck?

By Paul Rozycki In the past, the so-called “lame duck” session was a time when the state legislature met in the last weeks of the year, before the newly elected members took office. They took care of relatively modest issues, final adjustments to the budget and other end-of-the-year issues. However, in recent years the lame duck session has become a time when a large number of controversial bills are rushed through the lawmaking maze...

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Village Life:  85 tubas and a corny sing-a-long one secret to holiday cheer
Dec17

Village Life: 85 tubas and a corny sing-a-long one secret to holiday cheer

By Jan Worth-Nelson Let’s face it–you can’t not smile when singing “Jingle Bells” with 85 tubas as your back-up group. I love Tuba Christmas, in all its kitschy Baby Jesus/Virgin Mary/Hark the Heralds/Deck the Halls tradition, staged every mid-December in the atrium of the Flint Farmers’ Market.  The gaudy brass of the sensually fat horns reflects all the other colors around it.   The booming bass...

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