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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
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
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
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
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
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
For anyone serious about putting a ballot proposal in front of Michigan voters in 2022, the clock is ticking. more
Mayor Andy Schor’s post-reelection honeymoon is off to a stumbling start, thanks to his ill-considered decision to lift the City Hall COVID-19 mask mandate despite skyrocketing cases in Lansing and across the state. After catching hell from Ingham County Health Officer Linda Vail and others, Schor reversed himself, but the damage was done. more
One day when I was the lead faculty of the Lansing Community College Writing Program, I was hanging around in the department lobby area where, at the administrative assistant’s desk, a group of students demanded to see the department’s  chairperson. They should have been in class, but there was no class because their professor was absent, again. more
It looks like D.C. Republicans and state Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, have found the perfect match in each other. more
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