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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Mixed up

The American Family Association is paranoid about a one-day event in schools that promotes tolerance. One local principal says AFA couldn't more misguided.

by Andy Balaskovitz
For the past 11 years, Oct. 30 has been a day for promoting tolerance in schools across the country. It's called Mix It Up at Lunch Day, and the goal is to have K-12 students eat with peers whom they likely wouldn’t do so with any other day of the year.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Show us your bids

Council opens discussion on an ordinance that would require more transparency by developers

by Andy Balaskovitz
Another politically charged battle between organized labor and the chamber of commerce could be brewing in the Lansing City Council chambers. Look no further than a proposed ordinance that aims to increase transparency in the bidding for projects that receive certain tax incentives.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Coverage for all

First-time millage would help thousands keep medical benefits

by Sam Inglot
Joan Nelson, director of the Allen Neighborhood Center, has been involved with pitching the Ingham Health Plan since its inception in 1998. She and folks at the ANC went door-to-door to help people enroll in the program. To this day, she said, they continue to register 20 to 25 people a month.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Bring on the proposals

Local proposals affect schools, libraries and development

by Sam Inglot
Five millage increases and one land sale authorization are at stake in six different jurisdictions in greater Lansing, adding a local flavor to ballots already inundated with statewide proposals (see page 8). Here's a tour around the area's Nov. 6 ballot proposals, from Perry to Eaton Rapids.
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Wednesday, October 24,2012

Up to you

Unions, Republicans, environmentalists, utilities, EFMs and a billionaire: Ballot proposals 2012

by Walt Sorg
The Legislature no longer represents the people of Michigan. That's the inevitable implication of next month's bed-sheet ballot to bypass lawmakers with five proposals to change the state Constitution, plus a referendum on a law jammed through the Legislature on a party-line vote.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Taking stock

What will Virg sell next? Inventorying city-owned properties and dedicated parkland for potential budget help

by Andy Balaskovitz
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero wants to know: "How often do you use a City park?" "Daily?" "Weekly?" "Monthly?" "Almost never?" In preparation for his next "City Hall on the Road" event Thursday night, the Mayor's Office is asking residents this question as part of a short survey related to city services.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Those who run our schools

by Sam Inglot
Many sectors of public education are standing on the brink of a funding abyss. For Lansing Community College, health care costs have increased, property tax revenue and state funding have declined and there have been struggles to keep tuition low. The funding situation for K-12 and public universities is no different. It's either been stagnant or ripped away in recent years.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

Eyesore of the week

by Andrea Raby
Architecture critic Amanda Harrell-Seyburn says: Take one part craftsman, add one part Tudor revival and presto — you've got this rare find on Lansing's east side. Popularized in the 1920s and 1930s, these hybrids are most frequently found in the Westside Neighborhood and the southside neighborhoods of Lansing.
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Wednesday, October 17,2012

'No' on 5 is no-brainer

by Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett
The last 10 years have not been kind to Michigan cities. We've been battered by a fiscal perfect storm of plummeting property tax revenues and rising legacy costs. The state legislature has exacerbated the situation by slashing revenue sharing dollars to local communities by over $4 billion since 2001 — dollars that once paid for public safety services like police and fire protection.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

At long last love

Saginaw Street bike lane is a happy ending for area cyclists

by Lawrence Cosentino
Inside every Lansing bicyclist's helmet-covered skull is an invisible map full of hate pins. Here's where a van made a right turn into my left leg (Kalamazoo and South Cedar). That's where a frat boy threw a Slurpee from a car and hit my girlfriend (Grand River Avenue and Harrison Road). Here's where an irate man yelled "Get off the road," jumped out of his car and ran after me. (Michigan and Clemens avenues). Where is the love?
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