Sunday, June 18, 2017

Flint Photos: Jim Cunningham's Retirement from Buick

When Jim Cunningham retired from Buick, they gave him a starter motor mounted on a plaque, like the thousands he had bolted on to engine blocks every week for 32 years at Factory 36. Thanks to Joe Cunningham for the photo of his father.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Alvin Chang at Vox explores those who stay in their hometown and those who leave.
Those who stayed in their hometown tend to be less educated, less wealthy, and less hopeful. 
They tend to be less open to other cultures and less open to immigrants. 
Ultimately, they tend to be more likely to support Donald Trump. 
But putting those sentences next to each other implies there is something wrong with people who don’t leave home. After all, there’s nothing wrong with people who want to stay close to their family and friends — people who “really value kinship and close ties," as Cromartie put it. 
Still, there are real disparities — political and economic — that emerge from the decision to move away from home, or not. And like so many other disparities, this split is the culmination of several systemic factors that sort us into these groups.
Read the rest here.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Flint Photos: Joel Rash at the Soggy Bottom Bar