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This week’s editorial begins with a hat tip to Lansing resident Steve Harry, a state retiree and public policy enthusiast who regularly uses Michigan’s sunshine law to obtain public records that illuminate how our tax dollars are being spent by city government. more
We’ll cut right to the chase. We’re big supporters of the Lansing School District’s bond proposal that aims to invest nearly $130 million in another major round of modernizing the district’s aging facilities. more
As I write my column, I am listening to the historic confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. She is the first Black woman to be nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. This is Black history in the making. And it's not even Black History Month.  more
Supporting the Lansing School District bond proposal on May 3 means supporting a better future for Lansing’s children and our city as a whole. Whether you have students in the district or not, voting yes on the May 3 bond should be an easy decision for every Lansing resident. more
If you’ve never heard of Timothy Leary, let us fill you in. Leary was a Harvard psychology professor and countercultural icon of the 1960s who advocated for the widespread acceptance and use of psychedelic drugs. more
By now, you may have seen or heard by now the heart-wrenching story of Kelley Miller. more
When the Lansing Fire Department’s first female battalion chief, Shawn Deprez, went public with accusations that she was sexually assaulted and continuously harassed while employed at the department, this newspaper filed a public records request asking the city for documents related to its investigation of her allegations. more
The functional head of the Michigan Republican Party grabbed firm hold of a third rail in partisan politics this week by endorsing two statewide candidates running in competitive races for the party's nomination.  more
I am running to be the next state representative for the new 74th House District in the Democratic primary election on Aug. 2 because residents in south Lansing and Holt are facing urgent crises that require immediate action. more
Riverwalk Theatre and the Costume Shop have been a part of the Lansing community in some form for over 60 years as Riverwalk Theatre, the Okemos Barn and Community Circle Players. The past two years have been unlike any others in our history. more
It was almost exactly two years ago when I sat in a Lansing School District Board of Education meeting interviewing candidates to become our next superintendent when then-Superintendent Sam Sinicropi leaned over to me and whispered “Detroit (Public Schools) is closing.” more
Lansing Board of Water & Light general manager Dick Peffley is starting to have some real problems on his hands, even though he refuses to look down and acknowledge that he’s still holding them.  more
It’s the end of Black History Month, and I want to draw attention to Black clergy. Clergy have all-encompassing vocation. They can be found pretty much everywhere. They marry and bury people. They keep the Black community on stable ground. They speak from the pulpit and also in the street. They mediate when there is race-based civil conflict. more
One thing Whitmer hasn’t been talking about? COVID-19.  more
We propose naming it the Jack and Susan Davis Center for the Performing Arts — the Davis Center for short. We humbly and respectfully offer this alternative because it’s an opportunity to honor a true Lansing giant and his spouse, who together made Greater Lansing a better place to live in countless ways. more
One of the key takeaways from the sordid and still-unfolding saga of former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield — who is accused of sexually abusing a minor child who attended his father’s church and school in northern Michigan — is yet another disturbing illustration of the toxic religious fundamentalism that treats women, and apparently children, as second-class citizens. more
We all remember the “One Tough Nerd” Super Bowl ad of 2010 and the less-than-successful “China” Super Bowl ad Pete Hoekstra tried in 2012. more
If you watch the news, it might seem like everything revolves around some insider game of political chess being played in Washington. Don’t be fooled! more
The 2020 U.S. Census reported 13.7% of Michigan is Black or African American.  more
The decades-long quest to build a performing arts center in downtown Lansing took an enticing step forward Tuesday with Mayor Andy Schor’s reveal of a thrilling but remarkably pragmatic blueprint for finally making the dream come true. The fruit of an intermittent effort to create a new downtown entertainment venue that dates back to the days of former Lansing Mayor David Hollister, the proposed venue will be called “The Ovation.” Schor’s plan is well deserving of one. more
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