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Local Voices is The Lansing Journal's version of “Letters to the Editor.” The opinions posted here are those of the writers, and posting them does not indicate endorsement by The Lansing Journal. We welcome input from fellow residents who have thoughtful things to say about topics that are important to our community. Submissions may be sent to [email protected] with “Voices” in the subject line.

Fulfilling our agreement to become more diverse

Local Voices Elvis Slaughter In July 2018, the Lansing Community Coalition (LCC) and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Chicago Far South Suburban Branch (NAACP-CFSSB) entered a Department of Justice Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) five-year agreement with the Lansing Police Department (LPD) and the Village of Lansing. The primary...

Repurposing Patternless Crosswords

Local Voices Paul Orich Reader Paul Orich sent a few samples of the artwork he's created using the Patternless Crossword grid published in one of the Chicago newspapers and gave us permission to share his work — and his idea — here.  "I just think a visual completion of that space is...

From the files of Bob Malkas: Representative government and the For the People Act

Local Voices Bob Malkas H.R.1 For the People Act is currently finding its way through the U.S. Congress. The bill purports to federalize election rules for the entire nation.The U.S. Constitution vests the power to each individual state to make its own elections rules. Our Foundering Fathers understood that some form...

From the files of Bob Malkas: A book about the airport

Local Voices Bob Malkas When I first moved to Lansing, I could see the Chicago-Hammond Airport from the back yard of my home. I went to sleep every night under the watchful eye of the first rotating beacon ever atop Mr. Ford’s hangar.I knew then that I was hooked. I decided...

NAACP praises Homewood’s decision not to rezone Calumet Country Club

Local Voices Gary Dingle, Branch President, NAACP Chicago Far South Suburban Branch Much controversy has surrounded the property of the Calumet Country Club, which a new developer recently purchased. Zoned as a golf course, the new owners sought to change this, leading to opposition from local community leaders and the NAACP...

From the files of Bob Malkas: What an airport supervisor should be doing

Local Voices Bob Malkas After over 40-years of commitment and involvement with the LMA I feel I have a personal obligation in 2021 to continue promoting the correct path to follow that would allow the airport to become financially self-sufficient.The strategy would have to start with a new commitment from officials...

Shout-out to Gayety’s

Local Voices Barbara Raczak I would like to give a shout-out to Gayety's Chocolates & Ice Cream Shop at 3306 Ridge Road in Lansing.I have lived in Lansing for 48 years. Our daughter, who was raised in Lansing and now lives in the Netherlands, ordered Valentine's Day candy from Gayety's for...

From the files of Bob Malkas: Representative politics

Local Voices Bob Malkas In what now appears to have been a past life I taught Political Science at Mother of Sorrows high school to senior students. It was not a conventual classroom, and it was not designed to be. The purpose was to find a new way to give our...

From the files of Jon Huisman: How I left the Lansing Journal

Local Voices Jon Huisman, former staff member at the original Lansing Journal This post is a continuation of Jon Huisman's earlier Local Voices pieces, which began with "How I joined the Lansing Journal," (published January 9, 2021).Ed Washak turned in his two-week notice to resign and move on sometime in March...

From the files of Jon Huisman: How I became a photojournalist at the Lansing Journal

Local Voices Jon Huisman, former staff member at the original Lansing Journal This post is a continuation of Jon Huisman's earlier Local Voices pieces, which began with "How I joined the Lansing Journal," (published January 9, 2021).After some time at the Daily Calumet, I returned to the Lansing Journal in 1963....