Friday, Jan. 7 — The Clergy Forum of Greater Lansing, a group of black pastors, called today for a boycott of political analyst Bill Ballenger’s services over his “elitist, sexist and racist statements made in City Pulse” regarding a proposed sidewalk along Waverly Road.
Veteran political analyst Bill Ballenger sits in the living room of his Waverly Road house, the first house north of the bridge over the Grand River in Lansing Township.Outside of his living room window, there is controversy brewing about whether the city and Lansing Township should undergo a $1.3 million sidewalk project.
Thursday, Jan. 6 — Shortly after the Lansing City Council unanimously re-elected Council President A’Lynne Robinson and Vice President Kathie Dunbar to their respective positions, a few members touched on the first controversy of the new year: a proposed sidewalk project along Waverly Road.
Consider this: After the 2009-2010 session, there were 16 term-limited Republican senators who didn’t have another public office lined up after Dec. 31. There were five House Republicans in the same boat. Only one of them, former Sen. Patty Birkholz, has lined up anything under the new Snyder administration ' the Office of the Great Lakes.
In your paper’s delightful Newsmaker’s of 2010 interviews - which highlighted the arts so clearly and wonderfully as being newsworthy - Chad Badgero’s interview with James Sanford highlighted, with ironical twists, the issues that were brought up in “An Artist’s Nightmare” at the Renegade Theatre Festival in 2010.