Village Life:  Why I moved to Flint
Jun29

Village Life: Why I moved to Flint

    By Ted Nelson My first experience of Flint was Bishop International Airport.  I still wonder about the “International” part.  Could it be that Flint itself is another country? Perhaps there are secret flights here in the dark of night — aliens sneaking in from all over the world to benefit from the city’s abundance of jobs, services, and amenities.  Who knows? I, however, was on a mission of another kind. I was at Bishop because...

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Commentary:  Water shutoffs do no one any good
Jun13

Commentary: Water shutoffs do no one any good

By Laura Sullivan In 2015, Dr. Sullivan, a Kettering University professor of mechanical engineering, worked with other activists as part of the Coalition for Clean Water to return the city of Flint to Detroit for its water supply. Since then, she has helped to coordinate positive interactions between residents, local physicians, researchers, journalists, the City of Flint, and the EPA. Dr. Sullivan is a member of the Flint Water...

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Commentary:  Beyond the water crisis, another Flint crisis looms
Jun09

Commentary: Beyond the water crisis, another Flint crisis looms

By Paul Rozycki In its own clumsy way the Flint water crisis seems to be slowly drifting to some sort of resolution. Most scientific reports are showing a significant reduction in the lead levels in our water.  As a result the state has ended its distribution of free water at its water points of distribution (PODs) in the city, over much protest and anger. Several private groups and churches have stepped forward to provide bottled...

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Review:   Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race
May15

Review: Extraordinary NatGeo issue upends what we think we know about race

By Robert R. Thomas Marcia and Millie Biggs grace the cover of National Geographic’s April 2018 special issue titled “Black and White.” They are fraternal twin sisters, daughters of a bi-racial couple. As the subtitle indicates, “These twin sisters make us rethink everything we know about race.” The key factor, Marcia points out, is “People are made how they are.” Her mother adds, “It’s genes.” The real story in black and white is not...

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Village Life:  in Flint, there’s always more than one story; there’s always more to come
Apr30

Village Life: in Flint, there’s always more than one story; there’s always more to come

By Jan Worth-Nelson Some time in the middle of February – by far the longest, the damnedest, the cussedest month of the year in these parts–I got a severe attack of cabin fever.  I’d been sick half the winter and between stink bugs, porn stars, scabs of snow everywhere, a terminally ill friend, threats of bottled water cutoffs, several bouts of existential dread in the middle of the night—well, let me just say that my tiny...

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Review: City’s crime, race, politics all in the lens of compelling, humanizing “Flint Town”
Apr02

Review: City’s crime, race, politics all in the lens of compelling, humanizing “Flint Town”

Ed Note:  A community conversation about the eight-part Netflix series “Flint Town,” co-sponsored by East Village Magazine and the Flint Area Public Affairs Forum, is set for 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Flint Public Library. Thanks to Ed Bradley for reviewing the series in advance of that event.  The series, directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper, was released March 2.  Flyer for the April 10 event...

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