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Why are we voting in this presidential primary again? more
Have you discounted the news media as a horde of fakes and narrative pushers? Do you rely on social media for your news and information on political candidates? more
There’s no clearer crystal ball into future political results than campaign finance reports. more
Good article in the January 10, 2024 about Airbnb’s in greater Lansing (To Airbnb, or not to Airbnb?”). more
Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig should be the Republicans’ nominee for the U.S. Senate. more
This young Black male student had come over from Flint to attend Lansing Community College, but then he started skipping my class. When I asked about that, he said he was unhappy being the only Black person in the class. I asked a Black male science professor to talk with him.  more
Mayor Schor’s comments in “To Airbnb, or not to Airbnb” (Jan. 10) hit home for me as a rural dweller. Here is the mayor of Lansing concerned about losing local control. more
As a long-time reader of City Pulse, I’ve always considered Kyle Melinn as someone who enjoys being cantankerous but is essentially harmless. However, his centerfold puff piece on Dean Phillips (Jan. 10), coming on the heels of his misguided one-sided attack on Michigan’s extremely successful redistricting reform, has forced me to conclude that he in in fact intends to sabotage the Democratic Party... more
The east side is losing a full-service credit union. Not just any credit union. Gabriels Community Credit Union had been an integral part of this community, offering a banking experience much different from the increasingly impersonal and mechanized exchanges happening elsewhere.  Gabriels has merged with MSU Federal Credit Union, which will not shutter the space but rather provide a limited set of financial services and community engagement activities there. more
When my wife and I moved to the east side of Lansing 13 years ago and began exploring the neighborhood, we were delighted to discover a small, locally owned credit union just a couple of blocks away. more
Here’s a trick question for you. Who’s the chair of the Michigan Republican Party? Or is there more than one? Does it even matter? more
Harry Hepler is back. The developer known for creating dramatic living and working spaces will come before the Lansing City Council on Monday (Jan. 8) with his next project: a 134-unit apartment complex called Prudden Wheel Lofts. more
Last month I shared that child care tied for second place among issues of concern to 67 eastside Lansing neighbors. Sharing second place on the list of Unmet Community Needs was “Youth Center or Clubhouse.”  The community design event where these issues surfaced was hosted by Allen Neighborhood Center (in part to determine potential uses of available space in their Allen Place complex on East Kalamazoo Street.  Clearly the needs of younger neighbors were front of mind for participants. more
It’d be easy to spike the football. I could say my July 21, 2021, column about the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission’s being a train wreck was correct and spend the next 600 words gloating. more
Former Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield wasn’t charged last week for bilking a half-million dollars from people who wanted to see the House Republicans keep a majority in the 2020 election. more
Soon after 9/11, I attempted to engage my writing students in a discussion, but one student was not having it. She thought the World Trade Center attacks irrelevant. more
Could you imagine if Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s population growth council had Fairy Godmother-like powers? more
For some readers out there, this may seem like the “No-Duh” headline of the year. more
In 2023, we realized that climate change is NOT a hoax. The seven warmest years on record occurred within the last decade, and 2023 is set to be the warmest ever. Among the usual symptoms of climate … more
Not housing, parking, or jobs. Rather, it was child care near the top of the list of unmet eastside Lansing needs. more
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