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Wednesday, March 11,2015

‘Commonsense reforms’ will strengthen BWL

by Virg Bernero
There is at least one good reason Joe Graves Jr. is a former commissioner of the Lansing Board of Water & Light: He was part of the problem instead of part of the solution. His ridiculous critique of my commonsense reforms to bring more accountability to the BWL is another case in point. It’s hard to decide which of Graves’ misstatements deserves attention first, so let’s start with his interpretation of the City Charter.
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

When government takes a life

This story has been updated to correct an error.

by Mickey Hirten
Lansing's mayor wants a police policy governing the release of officers' names. Police departments, whatever their size, are at their core paramilitary organizations governed by rules and regulations, policies and procedures. As such, it would seem reasonable to assume when de...
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Wednesday, March 11,2015

Don’t toy with BWL

by Joe Graves Jr.
As a former commissioner of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, I have a great respect for the value that the utility brings not only to the City of Lansing, but to the entire mid-Michigan region. The BWL provides our residents lower rates than our neighboring communities and gives our region a tremendous economic tool to spur new investment and growth here in our area.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Offense and defense

Sharpton challenges Wharton Center crowd to make more black history

by Lawrence Cosentino
As about 600 people assembled to hear a speech by the Rev. Al Sharpton at Michigan State University´s Wharton Center Feb. 26, several attendees noted, with a touch of regret, that they were missing the MSU- Minnesota basketball game. Sharpton gave them reason to be happy with their choice, and not just because the Spartans lost that night. No Big 10 squad mixes defense with offense as deftly as Sharpton does all by himself.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Eyesore of the week

Icicles

by Daniel Bollman, AIA
Although beautiful themselves, icicles indicate a critical, possibly detrimental condition. The constant series of winter freezes and thaws encourage the formation of large icicles. As evidenced by the storm that struck the Lansing area last winter, ice is heavy and if not removed, can damage trees, utility wires and buildings. A standard gutter filled with ice weighs an additional five pounds per each lineal foot. Extended along the length of a building, the additional weight can detach the eavestrough or distort the eave.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Mixed match

Michigan Prop 1 road funding ballot language bundles and confuses

by Mickey Hirten
After reading — and very likely rereading — the constitutional ballot proposal that seeks a sales tax increase to repair Michigan´s crumbling and even dangerous roads, voters should be angry that a cowardly Legislature refused to act in their interest.
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Seat at the table

Lansing, CATA and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission at odds over representation

by Todd Heywood
The region’s largest planning body has been drawn into a conflict between the Capital Area Transportation Authority and the City of Lansing. At the heart of the debate: how CATA should be represented on the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission?
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Wednesday, March 4,2015

Mercury spill

East Lansing halted investigation at wastewater treatment plant

by Todd Heywood
When city of East Lansing officials learned of a mercury spill at its wastewater treatment plant, it launched an internal investigation to find out what happened. But four months into it the city pulled the plug on its own investigation altogether, after receiving a MIOSHA report about unsafe practices for employees. The spill resulted in thousands of dollars in fines from state safety regulators.
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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Charges filed

Former School Board Member charged with embezzlement, other crimes

by Todd A. Heywood
Former Lansing School Board Member Nicole Armbruster has been charged with one count of embezzlement and six counts of uttering and publishing by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office. All seven charges are felonies.
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Wednesday, February 25,2015

A house divided

The movement in East Lansing to open housing for blacks

by Bill Castanier
Two years of smolder built to a roar. Then it cooled down but the fire was just under the surface. It started with the only visit to Michigan State University by the young pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr. on Feb. 11, 1965. Civil law prevented blacks from owning homes or renting in Eas...
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