Commentary:  Vote “no” on the new city charter
Aug05

Commentary: Vote “no” on the new city charter

As Flint residents prepare to vote on a new city charter, prepared after two years’ work by an elected nine-member charter review commission, EVM received two last perspectives, the one below advocating a “no” vote, the other a “yes” vote by Richard and Betty Ramsdell that can be found here.  Two other commentaries were posted earlier, a “yes” argument by Ashley Nickels posted here and a...

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Village Life:  Only slightly in mourning, my husband becomes a full-time Flintoid
Aug01

Village Life: Only slightly in mourning, my husband becomes a full-time Flintoid

By Jan Worth-Nelson If you see my husband Ted around town anytime soon, be especially kind. He is going through a trauma. He’s moving on, after four decades as a Californian, to become a fulltime Flintoid. He’s giving up his cherished “AWRDMKR” California license plate – an artifact of the awards and trophy business he founded. He’ll be trading it for…something else – for sure, NOT choosing the options that say “Pure Michigan.” I...

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Commentary:  Murder a harsh dose of reality in East Village
Jul31

Commentary: Murder a harsh dose of reality in East Village

By Paul Rozycki Some years ago, one of our favorite programs was “Murder, She Wrote,” where mystery writer Jessica Fletcher solved the latest murder in the small New England fishing village of Cabot Cove. At the time, my reaction was that for all of Flint’s crime problems, Cabot Cove must have had the highest crime rate in the world. Her little village produced at least one murder a week for a very small population. It just didn’t...

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Commentary:  Why to vote “Yes” on the Charter: Placing the collective interests of residents first
Jul26

Commentary: Why to vote “Yes” on the Charter: Placing the collective interests of residents first

Placing the collective interests of residents first: an interloper’s support for proposed Charter By Ashley Nickels, Ph.D. On Tuesday, Aug.  8, Flint residents will vote on whether or not to adopt revisions to their city charter for the first time since 1974. As an encouraged interloper, an outsider, a political scientist, I have followed Flint’s charter review and revision process since its origins in 2014. I have attended advisory...

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Commentary:  Why to vote “No” on the Flint Charter revision:  existing one already is “masterful”
Jul26

Commentary: Why to vote “No” on the Flint Charter revision: existing one already is “masterful”

Flint voters will be asked to vote Aug. 8 on whether to approve a new charter for the city.  As Paul Rozycki explained in his July column in EVM, the current city’s charter was last revised in 1974, when Flint’s population was nearly 200,000 and there were still 80,000 well paid GM jobs in the county.  The nine elected charter commission members, chaired by Cleora Magee, have been at work for two years,  and have developed...

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Commentary:  In Gov. Snyder’s RTAB decision on a tax lien moratorium, more than just finances are at stake
Jul03

Commentary: In Gov. Snyder’s RTAB decision on a tax lien moratorium, more than just finances are at stake

The following essay was written by Dr. Ben Pauli, Ph.D., an assistant professor of social science in the Department of Liberal Studies at Kettering University in Flint.  Thanks to Chris Savage at Electablog, where this essay first appeared, for allowing us to reprint it.  You can see the original here. In a special meeting on May 17, the Flint City Council voted to approve a one-year moratorium on the city’s practice of putting tax...

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