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Her voice cracking with emotion, Sen. Lana Theis talked about how today’s children are being exposed to almost unspeakable subjects and material.  more
I am writing in response to the April 13 City Pulse editorial about my son Noah, who was killed in October by yet more gun violence in Ingham County. The unnamed author said the kids who were charged in his death deserved to be punished for their actions and that there are few crimes as heinous as taking a life. What do you consider proper punishment for taking a life?  more
On the occasion of this year’s 420 Week, the annual celebration of all things cannabis, let’s take an especially savory moment to reflect on the astonishing progress we’ve made in Michigan toward normalizing our favorite herb. As our region’s legal cannabis economy continues to blossom, transforming vacant storefronts into growing concerns and sprouting thousands of new jobs, we really are quite pleased with where things stand today.  more
Michigan's Republican Party is lining up a record-breaking 10 candidates for governor this year.   more
In October, 18-year-old Noah Sisung was gunned down and later found unresponsive behind the wheel of his pickup truck along Pennsylvania Avenue near Kendon Road in south Lansing. When cops arrived on scene, he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  more
What you're not about to read is not scientific. This didn't come from some university or eggheaded think tank. This is just an observation, after covering Michigan politics for more than 20 years.  more
Who’s keeping an eye on Michigan’s $78.2 billion annual budget? On state legislators who drive drunk? On suspiciously cloaked political and campaign finances?  more
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, southwest Michigan's member of Congress since “Platoon” was a box office smash in early 1987, became the latest political casualty of former President Donald Trump when he faced reality this week. He said this term, his 18th, would be his last. more
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
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