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When I left Lansing in 2009 after high school, I was convinced Lansing was a small, dead-end town with no redeeming qualities. After a decade in the heart of the sprawling, affluent and cultured metropolis of Dallas, followed by two years of world travel, I am thrilled to be returning home to “little old Lansing.” And I’m not the only one. more
Could President Joe Biden’s declining abilities push him out of the 2024 reelection campaign, forcing Democrats to go to their ample bench to find a replacement? more
A few weeks ago, I watched the unveiling of “Mother Tree” in Hunter Park.  This magnificent sculpture is the work of Ivan Iler, a Michigan artist with a national reputation. more
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson kicked up the hornet’s nest last week when she tossed around the idea of keeping former President Donald Trump off the primary ballot due to his various indictments. more
While I was a professor with the Lansing Community College writing program, part of my job was to help grade students’ writing. Their writing was keyed to class assignments. The one I hated was the one where students were assigned to write about a photograph. more
If you think you’ve had a bad day, go talk to poor Perry Johnson. Michigan’s own “quality guru,” who wanted to be governor so badly he spent $7 million of his own money on a campaign that imploded at takeoff last year ... more
Let’s start with what the City Pulse Fund is, which is an educational nonprofit. It was organized in 2019 in accordance with section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code. Its officers are me as president, Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist Eric Freedman as vice president and longtime City Pulse contributor Bill Castanier as secretary. more
I am calling on Sen. Debbie Stabenow to ask her to support the Save America’s Forgotten Equine (“SAFE”) Act, a bill that would permanently ban the domestic slaughter of American horses as well as the export of horses for slaughter abroad. more
12-year-old Tashawn Bernard is a victim of racial profiling. The Lansing Police Department made a very wrong mistake by not investigating deeper into the arrest detaining Tashawn. more
I am writing this rebuttal to the article “Black opioid deaths at crisis levels in Lansing area” (July 26). more
Paul Gentilozzi, the guy who sold men’s clothing out of an old shop off South Washington Avenue in the 1960s, is putting his name behind a $215 million housing development project to jumpstart a struggling downtown. more
 Along with their rural counterparts, Lansing’s urban farmers have found a convivial setting for selling their products in farmers markets. Twenty years ago, the region had two markets: Downtown Lansing City Market and Meridian Market.  Today, mid-Michigan has 15 to 20! more
Over one-sixth of our country is made up of people over 65. I’m a member of that group. And I am one of the lucky ones. I have a pension, social security and retirement investments that give me an income that matches my working income. more
We were frankly floored by last week’s unanimous City Council vote (with one member absent) to refer an unfounded ethics complaint against Mayor Andy Schor to an external firm for further investigation. more
In 1999, when I started my teaching career in earnest, Lansing Community College hired me as an adjunct, meaning part time. My hiring interview was at 5 p.m. with a senior faculty member who was … more
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her legislative compadres popped the Champagne this week on spending a historic amount of money — in the most secretive process in state history. more
After his somewhat surprising election to an at-large seat in 2021, Lansing City Council newcomer Jeffrey Brown is now taking heat for alleged ethical lapses during his first 18 months in office. In … more
Are you noticing the growing number of news reports about horrific food shortages the world over? more
T he Michigan Republican Party is catastrophically collapsing harder and faster than even its skeptics imagined. We’re talking about the state “Michigan Republican Party” here, … more
Some of my smartest students were the ones training for the technical trades. I will never forget the Black woman who was already working as a sound engineer but … more
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