“Voice of the River” celebration Jan. 30 to honor Ridgway White, volunteers
Jan25

“Voice of the River” celebration Jan. 30 to honor Ridgway White, volunteers

The annual “Voice of the River” celebration of the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) will this year honor Ridgway White, president and CEO of the C. S. Mott Foundation, “for his personal and professional dedication to ensuring safe, easy, and ample access to the Flint River.” The event, which also includes an overview of the Flint River and its watershed,  will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 at...

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“Social media and children” topic of Flint Area Public Affairs Forum Tuesday Jan. 28
Jan25

“Social media and children” topic of Flint Area Public Affairs Forum Tuesday Jan. 28

A panel of local experts on news, social media, psychology and children convene at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 28 at the Flint Public Library for a discussion titled “I Saw It On Snapchat:  Social Media and Children.” The event, free and open to the public,  is sponsored by the Flint Area Public Affairs Forum, a community collaboration among local schools, colleges, universities, media, and the library to promote discourse on...

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Review: Third “New Works Festival” offers variety, magic, music and stripped-down drama at The Rep
Jan23

Review: Third “New Works Festival” offers variety, magic, music and stripped-down drama at The Rep

By Patsy Isenberg Bowhunting, autism, the Flint water crisis, and a love story triggered by a celestial event all made dramatic appearances in four plays-in-process offered to Flint theatre goers Jan. 17-19 when for the third year in a row. the Flint Repertory Theatre presented its New Works Festival. The event showcases new plays still in development. The playwrights, song writers and directors come from around the country, and work...

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Commentary:  An open letter to my Republican friends
Jan20

Commentary: An open letter to my Republican friends

By Paul Rozycki To my Republican friends: While we may disagree on many things, there is no doubt that the Republican Party has a long and honorable history. It led the nation through a brutal civil war, ending slavery. It was an early advocate for civil rights and racial equality, in the years following that war. It has been a strong supporter of fiscal and personal responsibility, both within the government, and in personal lives....

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Galloway issues statement on Eric Mays’ behavior:  “unacceptable”
Jan17

Galloway issues statement on Eric Mays’ behavior: “unacceptable”

  By Jan Worth-Nelson In the wake of an uproar created by Flint City Councilman Eric Mays repeatedly displaying the Nazi salute at two council meetings this week and allusions to Council President Monica Galloway as Hitler, Galloway (Ward 7) released the following statement: “As the Flint City Council President, I want to say that, as a council, we do not condone nor support the inappropriate and insensitive remarks and...

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Review: “Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan” probed in Ashley Nickels’ enlightening new book
Jan17

Review: “Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan” probed in Ashley Nickels’ enlightening new book

  By Robert Thomas An abiding iconic Flint visual for me is the news photo of a child holding a protest sign stating the case for what happened in Flint: “I’ve been POISONED by Policy.”  The photo quickly leads to the question: “How does that happen?” Ashley E. Nickels, a professor of political science at Kent State University, offers cogent insights in her book Power, Participation, and Protest in FLINT, MICHIGAN. The...

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