Village Life:  Of a big green chair, two bad haircuts and the Ministry of Silly Walks
Jun05

Village Life: Of a big green chair, two bad haircuts and the Ministry of Silly Walks

By Jan Worth-Nelson I seem to have been sitting too long. Day after day of it.  Day after day, for about 75 days now, obsessed with numbers, I’ve pretzeled myself into a big green chair too close to a glaring screen. The chair is sort of a comfort—it’s wide enough to accommodate the girth of me, widened by what I’ve come to call my “Trump Ten.” Okay, maybe it’s 15 by now. The chair is deep enough to make me feel safely ensconced, as...

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Commentary:  Vote by mail is an idea whose time has come
Jun04

Commentary: Vote by mail is an idea whose time has come

By Paul Rozycki How do you want to vote this year?  No, I don’t mean whether you like Democrats, Republicans, Joe Biden, or Donald Trump.  I mean, how do you actually want to cast your ballot?  It seems simple, but there are a lot of choices. It’s been done many ways Voting: It’s the most basic ritual of our elections, and it’s at the heart of what we call the democratic process.  At one time, voting was done by voice vote in public,...

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Commentary:  Mixed messages on COVID-19–whom should we believe?
May25

Commentary: Mixed messages on COVID-19–whom should we believe?

By Paul Rozycki What’s your answer to any of these questions about the COVID-19 crisis? Should we wear a face mask or not?  If so when? Will the summer heat kill the virus? Will hydroxychloroquine get rid of it? Will there be a vaccine by the end of the year? When should the nation begin to ‘open up’? When will I be able to get a haircut? What is an ‘essential service’? Should I go to my dentist or doctor for routine exams? When will...

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Commentary:  We are NOT equally at risk for COVID-19. Racism makes all the difference
May16

Commentary: We are NOT equally at risk for COVID-19. Racism makes all the difference

Editor’s Note:  This essay is a response to a recent commentary by Dick Ramsdell posted here.We welcome the expression of divergent views and hope they will foster respectful discussion.  It is reprinted from Woodside World, the newsletter of Woodside Church of Flint, where Pastor Conrad is senior minister. By Deborah Conrad This week, a white man regarded as a community leader here in Flint wrote about how important it is for...

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Commentary:  As the lockdowns end, the responsibility lies with us
May11

Commentary: As the lockdowns end, the responsibility lies with us

By Dick Ramsdell Whether we call ourselves Children of God. lost souls, homo sapiens, or simply human beings, there are almost 8 billion of us on the small ball in space which we call Planet Earth, and we make up a veritable playground for what has emerged as our universal enemy: The Virus. It doesn’t care what country we live in, what our name is, what our title is, how much our family cares about us, how much money we have, what...

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Commentary:  Kent State at 50–no redemption for a failing America
May04

Commentary: Kent State at 50–no redemption for a failing America

By Jan Worth-Nelson I didn’t want to write this.  I didn’t want to think about it.  It was awful, and there was nothing good about it that I can think of.  And with the state of the nation the worst of my lifetime and in my view bound to get worse, reflecting on the Kent State shootings, 50 years ago today, seems only an exercise in lacerating disillusionment  in the compounding failures of my country.  I wish it was more...

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