Commentary:  Politics in the time of coronavirus–so many questions arise
Apr01

Commentary: Politics in the time of coronavirus–so many questions arise

By Paul Rozycki Just a few weeks ago, it seemed like the most important things on the horizon were the 2020 campaign, the Flint City Council, Eric Mays, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump. The national campaigns were heating up, impeachment was a hot topic, and Democrats were in the process of choosing from among nearly two dozen candidates, as they bounced from one primary or caucus to the next. The economy was doing well,...

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Supt. Derrick Lopez on Flint’s resilience, coming together for students:   “Coronavirus must not fracture who we are”
Mar25

Supt. Derrick Lopez on Flint’s resilience, coming together for students: “Coronavirus must not fracture who we are”

Commentary By Dr. Derrick Jones Lopez Superintendent, Flint Community Schools The Flint community has a long and storied history of coming together to support one another. This commitment to assisting neighbors and friends has been critical throughout the water crisis, and we must continue to demonstrate unwavering support as we face a challenge that is impacting our community, our state and our nation. The closure of our schools and...

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Commentary:  Make sense of the census — be sure you are counted!
Mar06

Commentary: Make sense of the census — be sure you are counted!

By Paul Rozycki In a nation of 330 million people,  one person doesn’t make much of a difference? Right? Don’t tell that to the 29,999 people in Burton. In the last census, they were one person short of the 30,000 level for federal programs, and it cost the city a significant amount of federal funds. By now, if you haven’t heard already, most local governments in Genesee County (and around the nation) are making a big pitch to make...

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Village Life: New life as community journalist opens up hard realities about Flint
Feb11

Village Life: New life as community journalist opens up hard realities about Flint

                      By Tom Travis I have attempted to dissect the reasons why I chose to leave my job at 50 years old after more than 10 years. I think I’ve figured out the reasoning but it is deeply personal. And I’m more likely to tell you over a cup of coffee at Good Beans Cafe than in a published article. So let’s have coffee. In the meantime, I’m taking on a new adventure, as a community journalist here at East Village...

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Commentary: Mott Park dog rescue puts focus on animal welfare needs
Jan27

Commentary: Mott Park dog rescue puts focus on animal welfare needs

By Jessie Wilkie As a Flint resident, full-time employee, homeowner, taxpayer and animal lover, I am compelled to write about a recent event in the Mott Park neighborhood which relates back to the greater state of animal welfare in the city. On Sunday, Jan. 5,  at around 7 p.m. I was contacted by a local animal rescue organization that I have donated to, fostered for and volunteered with in the past. The rescue needed help capturing a...

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Commentary:  An open letter to my Republican friends
Jan20

Commentary: An open letter to my Republican friends

By Paul Rozycki To my Republican friends: While we may disagree on many things, there is no doubt that the Republican Party has a long and honorable history. It led the nation through a brutal civil war, ending slavery. It was an early advocate for civil rights and racial equality, in the years following that war. It has been a strong supporter of fiscal and personal responsibility, both within the government, and in personal lives....

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