Commentary:  A “blue wave,” a “pink wave,” and a few mid-term surprises
Dec02

Commentary: A “blue wave,” a “pink wave,” and a few mid-term surprises

By Paul Rozycki Last month’s midterm election may have been the most intense and energetic in recent memory, and when it was all said and done the results revealed several new directions to our politics, highlighting the strong reaction to Donald Trump, and the divisions in today’s politics. Midterm elections are usually rather low-key predicable affairs, where the party out of power gains a few seats in the Congress, and a modest...

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Village Life:  Of elusive joy, lamentations and “wanton love”
Nov26

Village Life: Of elusive joy, lamentations and “wanton love”

By Jan Worth-Nelson   Sometimes you have to fight for joy. At a recent East Village Magazine party at my house, wine flowed and four kinds of pasta from Flour and Eggs, comfort food extraordinaire, disappeared in thick hunks from trays on the big table, two extra leaves put in for the occasion.  I’d put up some colored lights and we toasted to neighborliness and the power of words.  It was a happy night. But as we jovially...

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Thanksgiving memoir:   Temple of the City — a story of Atwood Stadium
Nov12

Thanksgiving memoir: Temple of the City — a story of Atwood Stadium

By Gary L. Fisher NOTE:  Gary Fisher, a local historian, spoke on the history of the venerable Atwood Stadium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Genesee County Historical Society  at the Durant-Dort Carriage Company office, 316 W. Water St., Flint.  My first trip to Flint’s Atwood Stadium is seared in to my brain. My mom told me my dad would have a big surprise for me when he got home for work. As a five-year-old I assumed that meant...

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Commentary:  Bent but not broken–remember Flint’s history of fighting back
Nov05

Commentary: Bent but not broken–remember Flint’s history of fighting back

By Ted Nelson This is a lightly edited transcript of Ted Nelson’s speech at the Flint Institute of Arts on Oct. 21, 2018             When the makers of “JFK: The Last Speech” arrived in Flint to shoot scenes for their award-winning documentary movie recently shown at the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), they were eager to take what Jan [Worth-Nelson, EVM editor and Ted’s wife] and I now sadly refer to as the “ruin porn” tour...

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Commentary:  Thanks due to election workers, who keep the wheels of democracy turning
Nov01

Commentary: Thanks due to election workers, who keep the wheels of democracy turning

By Paul Rozycki  For those of us who spend our time trying to analyze the most recent election with polls, predictions and punditry, it’s easy to forget about all the work and preparation that goes into just running an election. The job of putting the ballot together, setting up the voting machinery, staffing the 231 precincts in Genesee County, and finally counting the votes in a timely and accurate manner, is no small task. That...

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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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