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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Why Right to Work Makes No Sense

by Walt Sorg
(Background music: "The Twilight Zone" theme) Narrator: Imagine, for a moment, a state law that makes paying taxes voluntary. Why, backers successfully argued, should people be forced to pay for services they don't need or want? It is, after all, an issue of personal freedom.
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Wednesday, December 12,2012

Eye Candy of the Week

by Andrea Raby
This week, our eye candy is actual candy! The Lansing City Market held a gingerbread house competition on Saturday. Seven different teams came to battle with their gingerbread, icing and gumdrops on hand.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Eye sore of the week

by Lawrence Cosentino
Early last month, a 75-foot-tall, infundibuliform mass appeared in front of Michigan's state Capitol. The alarmed populace was told that it was merely the state's official Christmas tree, an extra large Concolor Fir from Jackson. But when the tree lights went on, people began to wonder.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

It's Virg v. Who? in 2013

by Kyle Melinn
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero reaffirmed to me last week he's running for a third term next year, hoping to become the fifth chief executive in the city's history to serve more than 10 years.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Cannabis movement

A District Court ruling and a statewide decriminalization/legalization effort are welcome news for Lansing-area cannabis advocates

by Andy Balaskovitz
If District Judge Hugh Clarke Jr.'s ruling last month dismissing criminal charges against four local dispensary employees provided anything, it was a little piece of mind.
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Wednesday, December 5,2012

Changing strategy

Residents reject Niowave's landscaping plan. And they have a message: Fix the pole barn or we're coming to your neighborhoods with picket signs.

by Sam Inglot
For five months, residents of the Walnut Neighborhood have been pushing a mantra on Niowave officials regarding the white, 14,000-square-foot pole barn they built on the property: "Fix the fašade."
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Friday, November 30,2012

High time for redistricting reform

by Walt Sorg
Every vote counts the same, right? Wrong. If you are a Republican in Michigan, your vote counts more than votes from Democrats. Just consider what happened in this fall’s election.
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Thursday, November 29,2012

Can we park here?

Michigan Retailers Association wants to build a surface parking lot on a downtown parcel, despite the wishes of neighbors

by Andy Balaskovitz
From his third floor balcony downtown, 28-year-old Stephan Moje has a clear view of a vacant, weedy eyesore below. A park might suit the .36-acre lot down there, he wondered last week. Maybe even a garden.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Imagine designing a public library for a college town in the early 1960s. Fifty-two years later, the building is still in full use and the library staff cites a handheld piece of technology as an essential tool in maintaining the library's — and the building's — relevance: the iPad.
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Wednesday, November 28,2012

Despite hurdles, consolidating Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township makes sense

by Andy Balaskovitz
It was a bold statement: Merge Lansing, East Lansing and Lansing Township and I'll be gone. Speaking on the "City Pulse on the Air" radio show Nov. 7, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's attention turned to Michigan cities and their surrounding metropolitan areas.
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