Lansing’s reefer madness approach shortsighted as state moves rapidly toward legalization
April 19 2017
Politicians are trying to balance the future against constituents with a reefer madness mentality who would kill the marijuana business in Lansing if they could. Our likely future mayor, Andy Schor, has...
March 2 2016
The Big Show – however diminished by Super Tuesday’s results — comes to Michigan next week, when the two major political parties hold their primary elections for president
Oct. 28 2015
The assignment: LeRoy’s Classic Bar & Grill on Lansing’s south side. It gives me no pleasure to say the food at LeRoy’s is classically pedestrian. Not awful. Just numbingly average, with...
Musical comedy ‘Married Alive!’ takes aim at life after ‘I do’
Aug. 13 2014
The 2014-‘15 theater season is off to an inauspicious beginning with "Married Alive," Over the Review Ledge Theater Co.’s lackluster midsummer musical. Before the show, director Rick Dethlefsen...
Serious problems persist at the public housing complex on South Washington Avenue, residents say — those brave enough to talk. Authorities dispute it.
Aug. 6 2014
The stories from residents are appalling — they paint a picture of a developing country, not a five-story building on Lansing’s near south side. Human feces and urine in the hallways, common...
World class food and drinks make Gracie's the place to be
May 8 2013
Ever read a glowing restaurant review and think, "The reviewer must be on the payroll — no place is that good."
After 29 years, Lansing comedy club kills the spotlight
April 30 2014
Wednesday, April 30 — Last weekend, stand-up comic Carlos Mencia took the stage at Connxtions Comedy Club, 2900 N. East St. on Lansing’s north side. Since the club opened in 1985, thousands...
Say goodbye to freezing rain and snow drifts: The sun has officially returned to town. It´s once again safe to eat outside, visit a local festival or plan a fishing trip or a golf game. True, our much-loved Michigan cherries might be hard to find thi
May 30 2012
The patio outside the Peanut Barrel in East Lansing isn’t the fanciest in town, or the largest, or the most festive. It is, though, perhaps the best spot in the Lansing area to relax with friends...
For a satisfying Italian meal, just say Bravo!
June 13 2012
I much prefer to patronize local eateries over chain restaurants. Based on a select reading of my reviews, some may have a difficult time swallowing that fact. It’s just that I also prefer restaurants,...
March 13 2013
Before Céline Dion wailed that her heart would go on (and on), euro;Anything Goeseuro; showed audiences the shenanigans that happen on an iceberg-less pan-Atlantic ship crossing. Erich Bergen stars...
Experts say the possibilities are endless for redesigning the exterior of a pole barn
July 25 2012
A public hearing before the City Council was initially scheduled for Monday night, but was canceled after Niowave pulled its request. The Council’s Development and Planning Committee will discuss...
Too-big love & take a rein check
April 6 2011
Q: I’m an older woman (almost 50) in a six-year live-in relationship with a 25-year-old guy. The problem is he wants to sleep with other girls. I understand his need to be with other girls, especially...
Ingrate Expectations and Say Cheesy
Feb. 23 2011
Q: I fear my husband has some disability in regard to apologizing. Monday was his birthday. I had a terrible cold, but put myself on enough meds to cook him a wonderful meal and dessert. I felt too sick...
What are time banks and how are they faring in mid-Michigan?
May 11 2011
Brett Dreyfus first heard about time banks about 15 years ago, but he was in no position to start one: “I just didn’t have the time,” he said. But when Dreyfus was elected as a Meridian...
Dec. 8 2010
I was moved, as well as disgusted by Councilwoman Wood’s recent statements, "I guess that’s his [Mayor Bernero’s] idea of regionalism," adding that she has been asked by "regional study...
Race for Academy Awards begins now!
Nov. 3 2010
The calendar may say November to you and I, but to film publicists, studio executives, moviemakers and actors it might as well say “Oscar Season, Part One.” Already, the drums are starting...
April 7 2010
Response to cable story Just read your article on "Cable Crisis" in this week's City Pulse and wanted to offer my opinion on the future local cable access stations, or least one - that being LCC TV (Comcast...
July 28 2010
I also don’t consider myself a member of the “Eastside Living” group you describe as uniquely qualified 60-somethings. I respect and admire the people you identify in this group who put...
March 3 2010
Tea Party strategy So, I guess the writing is on the wall: the Democrats are going to get hammered on Election Day, right? I would not be too sure about that. There are far too many monkey wrenches that...
An almost-forgotten philosopher left behind many familiar sayings
June 9 2010
James Seaton, an East Lansing resident and Michigan State University professor of American criticism and culture, has edited a new book on Santayana and his work

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