The war on opium in Lansing

The opioid epidemic in America is a major problem that has only gotten worse over the past several decades, affecting countless people and families. In October, President Trump officially declared opiate addiction a public health emergency. Former opiate addict Matthew Kronner said that the worst part for him was the stigma of being an addict. “When your friends and family find out it’s one of two ways,” Kronner said. “He’s a junkie, burnout and loser or let’s get him help.”

Kronner also said he believes that the stigma gave him a different perspective on drug addicts, seeing them people who lost their way rather than just losers with poor self-control.

Ingham county residents enjoy free zoo day  

Potter Park Zoo welcomed Ingham county tourists with free admission on Oct.7. This event happens every year on the first Saturday of October. “Doing a free day is a sort of giving back to them (residents), since they supported us,” said Sarah Pechtel, the general curator of the zoo. “Free day is also a great way to experience something positive from that,” Pechtel continued. Encompassing over 20 acres and featuring more than 500 individual animals of  160 different species, the Potter Park Zoo has three conservation efforts that support the black rhino, red panda, and Puerto Rican crested toad.

Rezoning in South Lansing pending for almost 3 years

On Sept.25, Elaine Womboldt, the facilitator of  Rejuvenating South Lansing opposed rezoning 930 Holmes Rd.Regular Meeting of the City Council of The City of Lansing. Since the rezoning request has been made, the proposal has been pending for almost 3 years. Rejuvenating South Lansing is a Neighboring group founded by Elaine Womboldt to connect neighbors to resources, and improve the quality of life in South Lansing. Rejuvenating South Lansing opposed the rezoning every time the rezoning “W.Holmes” was on the agenda at any board meetings, Development and Planning or Council meetings.                      

 

 

“We want this property to be vibrant, bring in people who want to shop in the area and also have a business that has more than 1 or 2 people working in it.

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Low-wage earners protected from EL income tax proposal

People who earn less than $5,000 a year would be exempt from a proposed city income tax on the Nov. 7 East Lansing ballot. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to set an income limit on who would be subject to the proposed tax. Mayor Pro Tem Ruth Beier said, “When we first started looking at the income tax, this wasn’t in there at all. What we’re trying to do is respond to the students’ concern that too many students are paying the tax,”

Council members said they hope this will help those who are struggling financially, while still raising revenue to maintain services.