Is it time to get back to “normal”?  Maybe, but not yet.
Mar30

Is it time to get back to “normal”?  Maybe, but not yet.

By Paul Rozycki “It ain’t over till it’s over” -Yogi Berra There is a feeling of spring in the air. The days are getting warmer. The snow is melting. More and more people are getting the COVID vaccine. The Flint water crisis seems to reaching some sort of conclusion. And the divisive, tumultuous election of 2020 is now history. So, we’re ready to move on and get back to “normal”…Right? No so fast. After a week of spring-like...

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Commentary:   Civility workshops for City Council? Good intentions, but keep the Jack Daniel’s handy
Mar04

Commentary: Civility workshops for City Council? Good intentions, but keep the Jack Daniel’s handy

By Paul Rozycki Can workshops bring “civility and decorum” to City Council meetings? Imagine an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting which starts out with good, sober, intentions, but concludes several hours later with most members passed out on the floor, littered with empty Jack Daniel’s bottles. Now imagine a Flint City Council workshop aimed at bringing civility and decorum to the council’s often endless and tumultuous meetings.  In the...

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Fifteen days in January: The nation faces insurrection, impeachment, and inauguration.
Jan24

Fifteen days in January: The nation faces insurrection, impeachment, and inauguration.

By Paul Rozycki In the early 1960s, at the height of the cold war, there was a best-selling novel, and a movie, that told a story of a potential military coup in the U.S. and possible nuclear conflict with Soviet Union. The book was “Seven Days in May” by Charles Bailey and Fletcher Knebel, and it described a week of Cold War tensions, governmental distrust, and political conspiracies of the time. “Seven Days in May” was a fictional...

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Commentary:  Biden wins — What does it all mean? Ten takeaways from the 2020 election
Nov09

Commentary: Biden wins — What does it all mean? Ten takeaways from the 2020 election

By Paul Rozycki In a year of pandemics, racial division, economic crisis, and the most divisive election in the last century, it’s a challenge to uncover the things that really matter in this year’s presidential election. In the last weeks, we’ve all had wall-to-wall coverage and analysis of this year’s presidential contest. It may be months, or years, before we fully unravel the full impact and the meaning of the Trump presidency and...

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Commentary:  Beyond Biden and Trump, who else and what else is there in Election 2020?
Oct05

Commentary: Beyond Biden and Trump, who else and what else is there in Election 2020?

      By Paul Rozycki             Who’s your choice — Trump or Biden? Sometimes it seems like the only thing on the ballot this year is Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden.  It’s hard to turn on the TV without seeing an ad for either candidate.  We’ve all felt the impact of the most divisive presidential contest in our lifetimes. With a month to go, it seems that this is the most important and critical presidential election in...

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A comet, a COVID pandemic, and a summer of crisis.  Is there any good news?
Aug01

A comet, a COVID pandemic, and a summer of crisis. Is there any good news?

By Paul Rozycki This summer, astronomers have discovered a new presence among the stars, the Neowise comet, in the northern sky.  It’s not a large comet, just visible under the Big Dipper.  It has come closest to the earth in the middle of July, and has been observable for the last few weeks. Many ancient peoples often felt that comets were portents of doom and ruin.  The Romans and the Greeks felt they were a sign of major events,...

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