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Barbara Rodman Obituary

Barbara Rodman Obituary

David & Gail Kuhnlein

Barbara Mahase Rodman (July 15, 1927 – November 22, 2019) “left the Fair” peacefully surrounded by family in her final days.  She used to have a dream many years ago that she spoke of often. She was at the fair and her son, Davey (1959-1977),…

Peace House

Peace House

by Sheri Wander and Lauren Tatarsky

The Catholic Worker Movement began in May 1933 when a journalist named Dorothy Day and a philosopher teamed up to publish and distribute a radical newspaper called “The Catholic Worker.” Grounded in the belief in the dignity of every person their movement committed itself to…

Street Questions

Street Questions

by Eddie Zhou, Brian Geiringer, and Aaron Apsey
Through the Dark to December

Through the Dark to December

by SoulGalaxyGirl

We may be approaching a sweet holiday season. I say this cautiously because I don’t want you to get too excited. Keep your expectations low, and stay grateful. Because last time I said Autumn would be amazing and….I dunno. Its kinda like predicting the weather…

The Lawn Police

The Lawn Police

by Alice Lesemann-Elliott

Members of the Ypsilanti community often struggle to meet their community’s standards for lawn maintenance. One renter described to me how her landlord had given her a lawnmower but refused to provide any other equipment, like a weed-whipper or hedge trimmer. So, she was forced…

KJ 2 KJ: Interview with Bill Ramsey, former karaoke host at Powell’s Pub

KJ 2 KJ: Interview with Bill Ramsey, former karaoke host at Powell’s Pub

by Amber Fellows, Issac Levine, Ruby Monceaux and Aaron Apsey
Governor to Appoint Local Judge

Governor to Appoint Local Judge

by Aaron Pall

Washtenaw County’s current judicial climate has been rocked by the news that 14A District Judge Richard Conlin decided to resign before his term would end next year, due to his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis. The 2020 race for his seat has now been thrown into limbo…

City Council Ticker 3

City Council Ticker 3

compiled by Brian Geiringer

During public meetings of the Ypsi City Council and Commissions, there are various points at which members of the public are invited to speak. Individuals are typically allotted 3 minutes to speak near the beginning and end of the meeting. Audience Participation is a space…

Community

Community

Illustration by Becca Simmons
A Short List of  Problematic Menu  Items in Ypsilanti  Eateries

A Short List of Problematic Menu Items in Ypsilanti Eateries

by Sheffield Cook

“Crack in a Sack” — Ypsi Alehouse These problematic corn puffs are on proud and distasteful display at the Alehouse. Made in Plymouth, Michigan, the snack reportedly sells well and sits in a plexiglass case by the register. We are hoping to hear them pick…

Hatchy Me

Hatchy Me

Illustration by Ruby Monceaux
I Say 7

I Say 7

by Ryan Fitzgerald

I say 7-3, you say 4; 7-3…4. 7-3…4 And like that the October 2019 production of 734 Saturdays officially began. 734 Saturdays is a monthly showcase of local musical talent (plus featured headliners) that takes place on the second Saturday of every month at Ziggy’s…

Rant

Rant

Illustration by Nick
Wrestle

Wrestle

Julia Bayha

I am this personwho must wrestle with my relationship 2 wordsalone, intimately & deeplyyet then, when I have reached a place wherethis works, whereit feels good, whenI feel sated with this practice ofgrappling & scribbling,sounding out what will work &scratching out what won’t,it means then…

Interview with Grace Sweeney: Her Life and of Her Late Husband Council Member Pete Murdock

Interview with Grace Sweeney: Her Life and of Her Late Husband Council Member Pete Murdock

Amber Fellows

What’s Left contributors Amber Fellows and Aaron Apsey met with Grace Sweeney, 40+ year resident of Ypsilanti and recent widow to Pete Murdock—a longtime representative of Ward 3 on Ypsi’s City Council and original ‘Mayor Pete’, who passed away from cancer-related illness this May—to interview…

A World without ICE: Local Activist Jailed for Anti-ICE Demonstration

A World without ICE: Local Activist Jailed for Anti-ICE Demonstration

FANG Collective

Last week Amory began an eight-day jail sentence for resisting ICE in Bristol County, Massachusetts. PLEASE READ Amory’s statement that he released before beginning his sentence: “Last summer, some friends and I demonstrated outside the Bristol County Jail, a jail and ICE detention center in…

City Council Ticker 1

City Council Ticker 1

What's Left Contributors

Why is it important to track City Council and Commission meetings? 1. Information Gathering – There is a conspicuous lack of media coverage of local government in the city of Ypsilanti. By attending and/or reviewing the minutes of City Council and Commission meetings, residents can…

Retrograde Summer

Retrograde Summer

Mutable Mooney

The word “retrograde” may be unsettling to some people — it is commonly known as a difficult time for communication and relationships. However, it is helpful to also consider the opportunity for growth and transformation during retrograde seasons. When a planet is in retrograde it…

In Memory of Ditch Witch

In Memory of Ditch Witch

Mayapple

Rest in Power to our friend Lisa Leggio, AKA Brooklyn, AKA Ditch Witch, who passed away last month. She was an important activist for environmental justice in Michigan, and she will be dearly missed. As those of us who had the privilege of fighting and…

Dioxane Plume

Dioxane Plume

Eddie Zhou

An underground plume of dioxane miles wide is traveling underneath the city of Ann Arbor, and more recently the Huron River. Dioxane, or 1,4 dioxane, is a synthetic chemical which is flammable at high temperatures. It leaches rapidly into the ground, which is a process…

Alive on Arrival

Alive on Arrival

Ava

There was once a little girl that was going on a trip with her family. She was excited because she was going to fly and had never flown before. She spent her time getting ready — carefully packing for her trip. She packed summer clothes,…

A Tale of Two Towns?

A Tale of Two Towns?

Alex Thomas

It was the best of times for Ypsilanti, the worst for much of the world. Bombs were needed to bomb the bad guys and planes for the good guys to do it. During World War II folks came from far and wide, but mostly whites…

A Community Land Trust Convergence

A Community Land Trust Convergence

Desiraé Simmons

I first learned about Community Land Trusts (CLTs) while living in Boston, MA. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) was created to “empower residents to organize, plan for, create and control a vibrant, diverse, and high quality neighborhood.” The community worked to reclaim land that…

Housing Unafforable to a Great Many in Ypsi

Housing Unafforable to a Great Many in Ypsi

Nathanael Romero

Over the past year and a half, I served on the City of Ypsilanti’s Housing Affordability and Accessibility Committee. The term “affordable housing” can be confusing to many. Oftentimes when people hear the term, they think of government-subsidized housing. The term is often a loaded…

Dam Displacement

Dam Displacement

Brian Geiringer

Today, the Peninsular Paper Dam sits on the northern edge of Ypsilanti next to Pen Park and a shell of the old Paper Company. In ten years, it may not. In one of two high-profile decisions under consideration at the moment, City Council may choose…

Totally Awesome Fest

Totally Awesome Fest

Aaron Apsey

Late last month What’s Left sent (me) an attaché to cover what may have been THE MOST convoluted and Xtreme press release. I joined some of the organizers on the hallowed floors of Zap Zone where we blasted each other with laser rifles, and got…

light, love + lucid dreaming : summer + fall 2019

light, love + lucid dreaming : summer + fall 2019

SoulGalaxyGirl ⚡

The good news is: we made it. With one more eclipse in December we’ve successfully survived eclipse season and Mercury retrograde. The Universe is ready to reward us for dealing with emotional (Cancer) and structural (Capricorn) upsets in our lives with an astrological gold star:…