Dec. 26 2012
So what have we learned? The question is always appropriate at year's end, especially at the end of a year of contention, dissension and even some significant steps forward
Dec. 26 2012
It wasn't hard to gather 10 Lansing-area people who died in 2012 into this year-end bouquet. Only three rules were needed
Dec. 19 2012
The man who crafted what has become an iconic political slogan — "No Worse Than the Rest" — is a study in contradictions. He's controversial and outspoken while at the same time a champion...
A closer look at alleged lack of transparency in closing Red Cedar Elementary School in East Lansing
Dec. 19 2012
Former, present and future East Lansing Board of Education members say the decision to close Red Cedar Elementary School was not only a bad idea — it was also underhanded. The vote to close Red Cedar,...
Dec. 19 2012
It's highly unlikely that a late-Victorian era house is the first image that comes to mind when you think about sustainability. However, that may change
The number of properties owing on delinquent property taxes declines; still nowhere near pre-2008 numbers
Dec. 19 2012
The Ingham County treasurer says 2012 looks like the "definitive peak" of the housing crisis in Ingham County, with the number of property tax delinquents declining by more than 10 percent from last year...
What's a fair salary for a township supervisor? And is it relevant to a consolidation discussion?
Dec. 19 2012
You can almost feel the love between the executives of Lansing and Lansing Township when it comes to consolidating their two communities
Dec. 19 2012
It was midnight last Thursday, I think, when I got around to compiling a list of some 20 bills my MIRS team and I needed to track going into the last day of an already overly active lame duck in the Michigan...
Dec. 19 2012
Just to recap: Right-to-work laws in the state that birthed the UAW and Teamsters; open carry of handguns in bars, schools, libraries and college dorms; an ongoing assault on a woman's constitutional right...
Petition opposes merger of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities; two Council members concerned
Dec. 12 2012
A group of citizens opposed to a proposed consolidation of Cristo Rey Community Center with St. Vincent Catholic Charities is circulating a petition against the merger and pondering further action
Dec. 12 2012
This week, our eye candy is actual candy! The Lansing City Market held a gingerbread house competition on Saturday. Seven different teams came to battle with their gingerbread, icing and gumdrops on hand
The U.S. Supreme Court takes up same-sex marriage equality — and it could have major implications for Michigan's prohibitive laws against the LGBT community
Dec. 12 2012
Depending on how a case before the U.S. Supreme Court turns out, Amy Hunter may change her birth certificate. Hunter, who was born a male but now identifies as female, has not changed the gender listed...
Dec. 12 2012
Sorry, Democrats. Gov. Rick Snyder and his Republican elves in the legislature are leaving no presents under your tree this Christmas
Dec. 12 2012
(Background music: "The Twilight Zone" theme) Narrator: Imagine, for a moment, a state law that makes paying taxes voluntary. Why, backers successfully argued, should people be forced to pay for services...
Dec. 12 2012
By 5 p.m., it seemed like there were more Michigan State Police troopers on the Capitol grounds than protesters
Residents reject Niowave's landscaping plan. And they have a message: Fix the pole barn or we're coming to your neighborhoods with picket signs.
Dec. 5 2012
For five months, residents of the Walnut Neighborhood have been pushing a mantra on Niowave officials regarding the white, 14,000-square-foot pole barn they built on the property: "Fix the façade."
Dec. 5 2012
Early last month, a 75-foot-tall, infundibuliform mass appeared in front of Michigan's state Capitol. The alarmed populace was told that it was merely the state's official Christmas tree, an extra large...
A District Court ruling and a statewide decriminalization/legalization effort are welcome news for Lansing-area cannabis advocates
Dec. 5 2012
If District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.'s ruling last month dismissing criminal charges against four local dispensary employees provided anything, it was a little piece of mind
Dec. 5 2012
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero reaffirmed to me last week he's running for a third term next year, hoping to become the fifth chief executive in the city's history to serve more than 10 years
Nov. 30 2012
Every vote counts the same, right? Wrong. If you are a Republican in Michigan, your vote counts more than votes from Democrats. Just consider what happened in this fall’s election

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