Pink was the color of the day at the Michigan Capitol as thousands rallied in support of a variety of causes and demonstrated against an equally large number of grievances and worries. We are focused on how First Amendment rights are used in the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.
The 2016 Meridian Township election saw yet another train of dominance from the Democratic Party, as all eight local level openings were filled with the party’s candidates. Democrats continue to hold each of the seven Township Board positions in a one-sided township government. Meridian had been a predominantly Republican area through the 1980s, but Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus said the change started to occur in the 1990s.
Grand Ledge is a city where the predominant race is white. With only 5.56% of the population being minorities, Grand Ledge senior Desirae Storball said she doesn’t really fit in. “I’ll go to events, and I’ll feel like I’m apart of the picture of it but then when I think about it, I’m like oh, I’m not really standing and talking with all these people,” Storball, who is African-American and Caucasian, said.
At the Sam Corey Senior Center in Holt, seniors come to exercise, stretch and have a good time. “I believe that government assistance is a great thing, it supports a lot of seniors, like me, in many ways,” Mary Atkinson, Sam Corey senior visitor said. “I am retired now and can’t afford all of the things that are needed for my health.