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Wednesday, June 11,2014

Rogers misleads on Bergdahl

by Mickey Hirten
For Republicans like mid-Michigan´s Congressman Mike Rogers, the mediafueled outrage over the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from his Taliban captors is simply politics trumping patriotism.
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Wednesday, June 4,2014

The story of an estate sale

by Mickey Hirten
I received a note at my house last week alerting neighbors that an estate sale would be held on Thursday. It was staged just three houses away from mine and, in fact, attracted a large crowd.
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Wednesday, May 28,2014

Tomorrow‘s innovation today

Lansing looks to the 21st century ... and beyond

by Mickey Hirten
Lansing has good reason to celebrate its rich manufacturing history. After all, workers here helped launch the automobile industry, pioneering the car culture that has shaped our nation. The city was an automotive incubator for entrepreneurs and inventors who developed products and technologies that fashioned Lansing´s 20th century economy.
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Wednesday, May 21,2014

Keep public notices

by Mickey Hirten
There was a legislative hearing last week to change how public bodies tell us about proposed tax increases, zoning changes in our neighborhoods, new water rates and hundreds of other government actions that fall under the category of public notices.
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Wednesday, May 14,2014

Bernero: BWL is ‘on me’

Mayor explains why he is standing by Lark as general manager. It’s not just loyalty.

by Mickey Hirten
The long knives are out for the Lansing Board of Water and Light´s general manager, J. Peter Lark. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero´s Community Review Team called for a culture change at the utility and doubted that Lark could manage it. The Lansing State Journal said in a long Sunday editor...
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Wednesday, May 7,2014

Common Ground’s darker side

by Mickey Hirten
Let me start with this: I like Lansing´s Common Ground festival. City Pulse likes Common Ground. Organizers consider it the highlight of the city´s summer, and the crowds that attend – about 55,000 last year – agree. Since the festival began in 2000, Lansing has spent more ...
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Wednesday, April 30,2014

Stop the presses

Gannett’s decision to shut down its 20-year-old printing plant in Delta Township is a blow for the 103 employees who produce the State Journal and other papers

by Mickey Hirten
It was a very sad announcement from the Lansing State Journal Tuesday that it plans to close its production plant in Delta Township.
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Wednesday, April 23,2014

Song and dance man

A Lansing State Journal story catches J. Peter Lark withholding information from his bosses about serious workplace violations at the Lansing Board of Water and Light

by Mickey Hirten
If he needs to change jobs, J. Peter Lark, Lansing Board of Water and Light’s general manager, could easily play the fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical “Chicago.” He’s got the suits. He’s got the coif. And Lark plays his board of commissioners the way Flynn plays juries.
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Wednesday, April 16,2014

Full of holes

MSU President Simon’s argument against student-athlete unions denies reality

by Mickey Hirten
There are no better forums for anti-union arguments than The Wall Street Journal’s right-wing editorial pages. It’s where Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch last week warned of the threat to the billion-dollar collegiate athletic enterprise “by a push from people who believe that unionization for a few is the best and only way to address the current dynamic of college athletics.”
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Wednesday, April 9,2014

Mayor for life?

Virg Bernero finds out that successfully leading a city, as he has done in Lansing for more than eight years, doesn’t readily translate into higher office

by Mickey Hirten
There are some political jobs that are a perfect platform for higher office. But mayor isn’t one of them.
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