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Wednesday, June 10,2015

East Lansing sex ed flap

Advisory committee not meeting state requirements

by TODD HEYWOOD
The East Lansing Public Schools sex education programming —already the subject of scrutiny over its abstinence-only contract program SMART — may be in violation of Michigan’s laws and district policy dictating how public schools deliver sex education. At issue is whe...
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Wednesday, June 10,2015

Flint and the faithful

Diocese of Lansing asks for help for struggling city

by Mickey Hirten
That many of Michiganīs cities are struggling is well known. Detroit is the nationīs poster child for a city in decline. On the west side of the state, Benton Harbor is near collapse. The state imposed emergency managers on Pontiac and Highland Park. But what I didnīt realize was the...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Impression 5 plans $450,000 Water Room exhibit

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Impression 5 Science Center is planning a new $450,000 exhibit: a two-story permanent “water park” that will combine play with education. The project has received a $250,000 commitment from the Rotary Club of Lansing to mark the club’s 100th anniversary, which is next year.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Eyesore of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Property: 1701 Turner St., Lansing Owner: James V. Ward Jr. Efforts to contact the owner were unsuccessful Looking beyond the weedy pavement and the board-covered windows, this building is located on a promising corner site, with an active, neighboring business that enjoys a great repu...
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Lansingīs Bush bash

Former Florida governorīs approach out of step with Republican rivals

by Mickey Hirten
Jeb Bush visited Lansing last week, not yet an official candidate for president, but clearly running. In the crowded field of Republicans heīs a strong contender with name recognition (for good and bad), lots of money and experience. But heīs competing in a field that favors extremes, and at least from his appearance here, this isnīt him. He may simply operate too far outside the right-wing bubble to succeed in the bruising Republican primaries.
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Wednesday, June 3,2015

Selling the BWL study

Regional leaders differ on Bernero’s proposal

by Todd A. Heywood
Leaders in neighboring Lansing communities that rely on the Lansing Board of Water and Light for water and electric service had mixed reactions to Mayor Virg Bernero’s announcement in City Pulse last week that he was open to selling the city -owned utility. “Privatizing a public asset should never be the first thing looked at,” said Ken Fletcher, supervisor of Delta Township. “I’m not sure it should ever be looked at.” Fletcher clarified Monday in a follow-up interview that a review of such an option was acceptable, but at the end of the day to “tread lightly.”
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Bernero: Time to look at BWL sale

by BERL SCHWARTZ
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero’s adamant opposition to even considering the sale of the Board of Water & Light has softened to the point that he is calling on his Financial Health Team to study the potential mplications of such a sale. “It’s time to look at it,” Bernero told City Pulse.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Eye candy of the week

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
This building, like the neighborhood surrounding it, takes its name from horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey. Born in South Haven, Bailey graduated from the Michigan Agricultural College in 1882 and later contributed to the founding of agricultural extension services and the 4-H movement.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Right step

Selling BWL would resolve many problems

by Mickey Hirten
That Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will consider selling the cityīs electric utility is encouraging, if somewhat wrong footed. Bernero finally acknowledges that BWL is a valuable and vulnerable asset. If the city were to face bankruptcy — implausible, but hardly impossible — a court could order it sold to pay off Lansingīs creditors. Shedding BWL could be a sound defensive strategy, but there is a more pressing and by now obvious reason to sell.
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Wednesday, May 27,2015

Prevailing wage ban

Measure advancing; Snyder will decide

by Todd A. Heywood
The war between the state GOP and organized labor is being fought in Lansing again. After their success with so-called Right to Work legislation, Republicans in Lansing have set their sights on prevailing wage laws. Those laws require government-funded projects to pay skilled workers wages that are indexed to union pay rates.
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