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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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Wednesday, October 10,2012

U.S. Senate race is over

by Kyle Melinn
During Paul Ryan’s Rochester visit Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra took the microphone to plead for money. He's got a new television commercial and not a lot of money to buy up the shrinking TV ad time. Folks like his opponent, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, cherry-picked the good time blocks weeks ago.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Eye candy of the week

by Amanda Harrell-Seyburn
Do the buildings in which you spend your days and nights elevate and enrich the spirit? Think about it — Michigan modernist architect Alden B. Dow certainly did.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Enthusiastic and hapless

What killed the Republican Party in Ingham County?

by Andy Balaskovitz
As of Friday morning, Jake Davison didn't even know who Eugene Wanger was. This was evident when Davison responded to an email in which I was trying to organize the two for a photo shoot to represent the old and the new guard of the Ingham County Republican Party.
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Wednesday, October 10,2012

Are you better off?

by Andrea Raby & Helene Dryden
Leading up to the Nov. 6 election, City Pulse is taking to the streets to ask residents from all walks of life this inherently loaded — or plainly simple — question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Tis the season for voter suppression

by Kyle Melinn
No campaign season is truly complete without the biennial "voter suppression/secure vote" scrum that Democrats and Republicans can't help but roll around, particularly when they smell a close election. This year's version features Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's unenforceable mandate that election workers ask every voter to fill out a special pre-ballot question about whether he or she is a U.S. citizen.
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Wednesday, October 3,2012

Still angry after all these years

by Rich Tupica
After an hour-long conversation with punk legend Henry Rollins, one thing is clear: The guy is intensely patriotic and socially aware. For those who've followed his 30-year career, it should come as no surprise. He's passionate and vocal about virtually everything.
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