The best views Grand Lansing readers must have shared in 2021

In 2021, more than 250 residents and advocates of Greater Lansing shared their opinion as views in the Lansing State Journal and the USA Today Mid-Michigan group.

In topics ranging from mental health to voter petition campaigns, from running businesses during COVID-19 to selecting a new MSU athletic director, LSJ readers have turned to opinion pieces. that show that we are a caring and resilient community – that we have a keen interest in digging deeper into a topical or topical issue by reading someone’s personal and / or professional perspective.

One thing is extremely clear: The LSJ Opinion Section continues to be a valuable space for community members to weigh in on important topics and help elevate important conversations locally.

Here’s a look at the topics that resonated the most in 2021, taken from the list of the most read views appearing on our local opinion pages throughout the year:

10. “Anything named after Lewis Cass is Native American wrong which must be corrected”

Michigan’s cities, roads, and water bodies are named after Lewis Cass, who was appointed governor of the Michigan Territory in 1813, when most of the land was owned primarily by Native Americans. Cass negotiated 20 different treaties with native tribes, requiring them to cede thousands of acres of land to the United States.

He was not an honorable man and we must do something to remove the name Cass from the areas that have been appointed to honor him. Fortunately, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has already started by removing the Cass name from a government building in Lansing. Read the point of view here.

Gerry Congleton, Haslett

9. “My recovery journey, how I give back”

Dawn Kepler

“I am so lonely.”

It’s a feeling that I worked hard to overcome as a young person navigating both recovery and college. I struggled to find other students my age who were also recovering from a substance use disorder, or even peers who didn’t drink, where I could feel like I belonged. This experience in my own recovery has motivated me to help students find the support and community they need to achieve their goals.

An important part of my recovery is to have a goal: I am working to help keep others from “bottoming out” or going through needlessly hard times as a result of their substance abuse disorder. Read the point of view here.

Dawn Kepler, East Lansing

8. “Reject the Unlock Michigan petition”

Farhan Bhatti, MD

Sadly, Unlock Michigan wants to hijack the pandemic to divide Americans. The people behind this are the scapegoats for medical and public health experts in pursuit of their narrow, reckless and dangerous political agenda. This would shift decision-making authority during public health crises to the detriment of health workers and, instead, put the legislature and local government bodies in charge of those decisions.

Simply put, the Unlock Michigan petition would increase illness and death in our state. With the hands of public health officials tied behind their backs – as Unlock Michigan aims to do – the work of protecting lives would become fragmented and put our entire public health infrastructure at risk. Read the point of view here.

Dr Farhan Bhatti, Lansing

7. “The increasing tension should make us feel a fierce urgency now”

State Representative Sarah Anthony, D-Lansing.

As I watched the attempted insurgency in the United States Capitol last week, I was reminded of the extent of the damage that could be done if we continue to wait for a politically opportune moment to act – including the damage done. to our historic Capitol and the lives lost at the hands of terrorists.

Words cannot describe how we felt when gunmen stormed the State Capitol building last spring. As we listened to the angry chants and saw the big guns shoot from the floor of the house, time seemed to stand still. It was hard not to imagine how far the gunmen would go. If they rushed past Capitol security. If we could come home alive. Read the point of view here.

State Representative Sarah Anthony, Lansing

6. “Opening a downtown restaurant during COVID-19 sounds crazy, but we made it work”

Adrien joseph

Starting a new business is hard enough. So many factors and obstacles you cannot imagine, let alone a global pandemic. But I believe if you were lucky enough to survive this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as a small business, there is really nothing that can stop your success now.

Winning the award for Best New Restaurant in the Downtown Community has been particularly rewarding this year. After dealing with all of these challenges – downturn, unstaffed, long hours – this award really cemented the sense of accomplishment for all of us at Goodfellas. We have an amazing team who have been with me for quite some time now. We all had to be incredibly flexible and determined to make things work. Read the point of view here.

Adrien Joseph, Lansing

5. “The criticism of the new policy on the possession of firearms for felony is exaggerated”

Pierre Houk

As a former elected District Attorney and Ingham County Circuit Court Judge, I have followed with dismay the dispute over the Ingham County District Attorney’s policy on indicting felony cases. I think the argument is misguided.

There is no doubt that our society is deeply polarized and fractured when it comes to the use of police powers and their impact on black members of our society. This polarization is compounded when law enforcement calls political decisions made by the prosecutor to reduce the disproportionate impact of impeachment rulings on black citizens “garbage” – and call for his resignation. Read the point of view here.

Peter Houk, Lansing

4. “Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic”

André Hutson

I have experienced the pandemic not only as a business owner, but personally – as a father, husband, son, neighbor and friend. COVID-19 has forced me to reconsider everything I do, wherever I go. It’s in my head every day. I respect everyone’s risk tolerance in light of the many remaining unknowns.

However, as a longtime sports and fitness advocate, I am concerned about the unreported public health crisis I see unfolding in the wake of pandemic response measures – in Michigan and beyond. After a year locked in our homes, emerging data indicates that we are significantly more obese, depressed, isolated, addicted and suicidal than just 12 months ago. Read the point of view here.

André Hutson, DeWitt

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3. “Social neighborhoods have advantages beyond alcohol and bars”

Catherine edgerly

While many businesses and customers view social quarters as a great way to take advantage of the summer months, we take a look at the longer-term benefits these designated areas will have in supporting our local Lansing economy and helping our recovery. city ​​all year round. !

By allowing residents to sip, shop and stroll through their community, we don’t just enhance local restaurants and nightlife spots; we also offer an experience, a reason to linger and enjoy all the wonderful outdoor spaces and places that make up the setting of our neighborhoods. Read the point of view here.

Cathleen Edgerly, Lansing

2. “Alan Haller is an excellent choice for MSU sports”


I am grateful that President Samuel Stanley and the MSU Board of Directors have made a decision that will continue to advance the relentless momentum of MSU that is needed to get MSU back to the top where it belongs.

Alan Haller has remained engaged and engaged during tough times at MSU. His loyalty, hard work ethic and credibility have earned him respect over the years as a Lansing native, former Spartan football journalist and NFL player – as well as a former MSU Police Department officer who reached the rank of lieutenant. Read the point of view here.

Todd Duckett, Lansing

1. “Secure MI Vote seeks to deprive voters of the right to vote”

Marie brown

The 2020 presidential election was the most successful and secure election in the history of our state. A bipartisan report, led by Michigan GOP Senator Ed McBroom, confirms this security. Over 5.5 million Michiganders voted with over 3.2 million using their absenteeism option.

And yet, a group calling themselves “Secure MI Vote” has filed a petition with the state board of directors, alleging that our current election laws need to be tightened. What they really mean is that some voters need to be deprived of their right to vote. Read the point of view here.

Mary Brown, Lansing

The LSJ’s local opinion section is organized by engagement editor Matt Hund and press assistant Jayne Higo. To share your opinions, whether in the form of a point of view or a 175-word letter to the editor, email them at [email protected]

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