Commentary:  Environmental Justice Summit convened empowering visions of clean water, air, land
Sep11

Commentary: Environmental Justice Summit convened empowering visions of clean water, air, land

By Michael Mascarenhas On Sept. 8, the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition hosted the 3rd Environmental Justice Statewide Summit at Flint’s New McCree Theatre. The event brought together close to 200 activists, environmental practitioners, citizens, and scholars  to talk about what it means for all living beings to have clean and affordable access to water, air, and land. This was an important opportunity not only to...

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Analysis/Commentary:  Who votes, who doesn’t, and why it matters
Sep02

Analysis/Commentary: Who votes, who doesn’t, and why it matters

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. –Franklin D. Roosevelt Our American heritage is threatened as much by our own indifference as it is by the most unscrupulous office or by the most powerful foreign threat. The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter. –Dwight D. Eisenhower By Paul...

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Village Life:  Why I use medical cannabis
Aug01

Village Life: Why I use medical cannabis

By Ted Nelson I thought I was losing my mind.  Two sleepless nights in a row had left me exhausted, depressed, and mentally discombobulated.  I was having dinner at my Los Angeles apartment with my youngest son, sharing my distress. A month earlier, I had been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate after complaining of regularly having to get up at night to pee.  My doctor prescribed Flomax.  Two weeks on Flomax and my nighttime runs to...

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Commentary:   At 50-year milestone, our parks–our gems–are worth celebrating
Jul31

Commentary: At 50-year milestone, our parks–our gems–are worth celebrating

By James Woolcock The Genesee County Parks are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018 and our parks are certainly worth celebrating.  Did you know that Genesee County has the largest county park system in the state of Michigan, measured by acreage? While congratulations are certainly in order for the Parks Commission, a recent story on our county parks in My City Magazine (July 2018) told only part of the story.  Just a brief...

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Commentary:  Judicial elections are often invisible, confusing–but important
Jul31

Commentary: Judicial elections are often invisible, confusing–but important

By Paul Rozycki What is it that makes us trust our judges? Their independence in office and manner of appointment. –John Marshall Last month, Genesee County witnessed a rather unusual event — as reported by East Village Magazine — a judicial forum  for the candidates running to fill three slots on the 7th Circuit Court.  In a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters and the Genesee County Bar Association, eight...

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Review:  Hot Friday the 13th downtown ARTWALK a feast of stellar art and music
Jul15

Review: Hot Friday the 13th downtown ARTWALK a feast of stellar art and music

By Patsy Isenberg A lot of people came to downtown Flint on Friday the 13th for ARTWALK,  which takes place the second Friday of every month. ARTWALK is sponsored by The Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC) and includes many galleries, bars and restaurants along and near Saginaw Street. It was hot that night. But at least it wasn’t raining or windy. It was actually a perfect night for the event and it did not disappoint the festival...

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