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A week ago, City Pulse caught the Lansing Board of Water & Light hiding from the public and its own board of directors that its toxic coal ash ponds outside the Erickson Power Station in Eaton County were contaminating groundwater and possibly polluting local drinking water supplies. more
Instead of City Pulse’s recent article, “EPA: BWL may be polluting drinking water” (1/18/22), noting BWL’s long history of environmentally responsible actions to remove coal ash from our Erickson Power Station, it focused on the U.S. EPA’s complex regulatory response to BWL’s proposal to comply with rules to remove the coal ash. more
If the old adage is true and all politics are local, you have to wonder how this week’s announcement that General Motors plans to sink $3.230 billion into the Lansing area is going to work out for two local political figures: state Rep. Angela Witwer and state Sen. Tom Barrett. more
Graham Diedrich is a Democratic candidate for state representative in Michigan’s 75th District, which includes portions of Ingham, Clinton, and Shiawassee County. He lives in Haslett.  His website is viewable at www.grahamdiedrich.com. more
Why are our elected and appointed representatives committing our money (Lansing, Ingham County, State of Michigan) to subsidizing GM to build a plant in rural Delta Township when they own hundreds of acres in Lansing? There are multiple GM-owned properties with water, sewer, roads and rail, including bus lines. This used to be a preferred method of plant location for GM. For example, look at Plant II — the houses and businesses that included, schools, restaurants, and bars that built up in the area when the plant was active. Many of those businesses have closed over the years and the vitality of the community has been lost.  more
It’s the Tuesday after Martin Luther King Day and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is sitting in front of a fireplace, praising a beautiful drawing of a Byron Center eighth grader’s depiction of a stone arch. more
It’s not often that we weigh in on the wide world of sports. It’s just not our thing. We’d rather attend an art exhibition or read a good book. Now and then, however, something catches our attention that makes us twist up our face and wonder why. more
In an effort to identify persistent racial inequities in Lansing, Mayor Andy Schor last week rolled out a data-driven dashboard that tracks, among other things, the racial composition of Lansing’s neighborhoods and the city government workforce. more
His church quickly becoming the center of a question whether former Lee Chatfield used his positional power to take advantage sexually of a teenager some 12 years ago, the Rev. Rusty Chatfield spoke opaquely about the issue from the pulpit Sunday. more
Lansing officials are allowing landlords to rent out homes without any regard for safety codes or regulations. In 2020, the city issued pink tags to more than 800 apartments in Lansing, according to reports in the Lansing State Journal. more
After nearly two years on the COVID roller coaster, let’s start this next one by imagining what a return to some semblance of sanity might look like. We’ve unleashed our inner prognosticator to bring you the top developments we hope to see in 2022 and beyond: more
Horford, 30, recently purchased a home in downtown Lansing with his wife, Cristina. He's eyeing a north Lansing/DeWitt/Grand Ledge House seat labeled as the 77th House District, which would lean Democratic politically. more
Yes, I know how subjective these lists are.  I’ll label this list my 2021 memorable moments of state government and politics because it’s unchallengeable. Who can question what I felt was memorable, but me? more
Ah yes, we remember those first few days of 2021: The unbridled optimism that came from removing a metastasizing tumor from the White House; the near jubilation, at least among Democrats, that our long national nightmare was finally coming to an end. more
The City Pulse attacks again! The City Pulse always targeted me from my first announcement of running for council. They have never let up on Carol Wood. Their biggest dig about a candidate is to say Carol Wood, Jody Washington or Adam Hussain likes them. The newest attack is Jeff Brown. If it weren’t him, it would be somebody else. I get that they are trying to discredit him. I know there are some personal leanings against him by one CP writer, but why does this narrative continue election after election if their candidate does not win. After all, they are continuously supporting and forgiving Betz, even after all of his outrageous actions and comments. And I am always in wonder when they talk about the progressive leanings and the conservative leanings, and the two sides on council. It is ridiculous, and it is time people end that narrative. Council votes lockstep nearly 100% of the time. more
In education, the time for taking stock is June. That’s the end of the academic year. Time for final examinations. Report cards. Graduations and diplomas. Academics is why schools exist. more
The spirit of the holiday season seems a bit harder to come by this year. Maybe it’s because we’re exhausted. And worried. You, too? more
Here’s a piece of news that tells you a lot about the Democratic governor and the Republican leadership of the state House and Senate in Lansing. more
Trust me, nobody gets more agitated by closed meeting and government records being kept from the public eye than I do.  more
Another Lansing teenager is dead. Three more youngsters — ages 16, 18 and a 10-week-old infant — are all hospitalized with wounds suffered during an early morning hail of bullets on the streets of the Capital City last Friday. The week before, just 90 miles down the road in Oxford, a deranged teen whose equally deranged parents bought him a pistol for Christmas took his new present to school and executed four of his classmates. more
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