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Budget cuts will slow economy

There is lots of buzz about our nation’s “economic recovery” in these first weeks of 2013. The stock market has been rising, some would say even soaring. We postponed the fiscal cliff crisis, albeit only for a few weeks. March is the new deadline. The tone and tenor of debt ceiling conversations has shifted slightly, though this will not be an issue easily negotiated. President Obama says raising the debt c ...

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Re: Proposed Lease of Belle Isle to the State of Michigan

On Jan. 29, Detroit City Council voted on whether to lease Belle Isle to the state of Michigan in exchange for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources assuming the maintenance costs associated with the island. After much discussion, the ultimate decision of Council was to not act on this matter at this time. I was among the six Councilmembers who voted not to approve the lease at this time. ...

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Fixing education? It’s a matter of common sense

As a former teacher, I would love to see teachers make six-figure incomes, because the ones we currently have deserve it. But Flanagan’s reasoning about attracting more, smarter and more talented teachers is faulty at many levels. Right off the top of my head, here’s a few: 1. Smarter doesn’t mean a better teacher. In fact, high functioning individuals often cannot relate to the students at all. Imagine a D ...

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Mumia, the man behind the prisoner

Mumia Abu-Jamal is without a doubt the United States’ most well-known prisoner. After living on death row for 30 years, Abu-Jamal’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in early 2012 after decades of advocacy by anti-death penalty and anti-racist activists. It comes as something of a shock, then, that despite Abu-Jamal’s status as a cause célèbre, there is no comprehensive biography of the man’s life ...

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Removing barriers for gays could boost state economy

Discrimination against gays and lesbians hurts Michigan’s economy, according to a new report by the Department of Civil Rights. Emily Dievendorf, director of policy for Equality Michigan, says reducing widespread discrimination will improve the economy because more people are likely to live and work in a state that promotes tolerance. “Bright, skilled workers no longer flock to a location just because a bus ...

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McDonald’s Honors Black History Month with art contest for high school students

Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurant owners are celebrating Black History Month with an art contest featuring a Black History theme, and prizes including cash and a gallery exhibit, aimed at local high school students. “McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas” officially kicks off this week and asks metro Detroit high school students to submit original works of art that capture a significant mom ...

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Wayne County hosts Taxpayer Assistance Saturdays

This year, 42,000 properties in Wayne County face tax foreclosure. Wayne County Treasurer Ray Wojtowicz has created programs to help residents avoid tax foreclosure. In February the treasurer’s office and Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) will host Taxpayer Assistance Saturdays. Each Saturday the treasurer’s office will have representatives at four WCCCD campuses to meet with taxpayers and exp ...

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Detroit: Cultural capital

Michigan Citizen writer Steve Furay says Detroit is a cultural capital and much of our resources, public policy and planning must be devoted to supporting this city as such. What if the schools, the administration and City Council all worked together to make sure Detroit thrives as an important cultural destination? That may mean music and instruments return to schools, computer programming is offered so st ...

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Barrow: ‘I’ll take control’

Tom Barrow, C.P.A., is a life-long Detroiter who started his own accounting firm. He ran against Mayor Coleman Young in 1985 and again in 1989. He ran against Dave Bing in 2009. Barrow is a 2013 mayoral candidate. He challenges the notion of a city financial “crisis” and believes much of fiscal woes are due to poor administrative oversight. Barrow says he would undo much of the outsourcing, privatizing and ...

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