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Detroit smarts

Pundits put down citizens of Detroit all of the time. Truth be told, pundits should watch Detroit and stop listening to each other. First, if there is so much illiteracy here, why were the ballot results within the city in such sharp contrast to the statewide vote? Where “no” votes triumphed in the hinterlands on every issue but Proposal 1, Detroiters thoughtfully maneuvered their way through 18 ballot prop ...

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Get out the vote, Detroit!

This cycle, our top of the ticket endorsement is to reelect president Obama for a myriad of different reasons, including his support of the Affordable Care Act, which we believe, along with Medicaid, should be expanded. We have reserved opinion in other races except for the Supreme Court, for which we support Judges Shelia Johnson and Connie Marie Kelley and University of Michigan Law professor Bridget Mary ...

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Parents have rights

Detroit parents’ continued outrage over the emergency management of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is justified. After 10 years of state control of DPS, the education picture is bleak: overcrowded classrooms, unilateral decisions from the top down, relentless privatization, dropping scores, fleeing students, chaotic school openings and a demoralized staff. No one has access to finances to know what is being s ...

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Recall Bing

State. Rep. John Olumba is spearheading a campaign to recall Mayor Dave Bing and investigate the Bing administration. It’s about time. A recall could begin next week if language is approved by Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett and election commissioners on Oct. 23. Volunteers could begin gathering signatures as early as next week to have Mayor Bing removed. ...

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Godbee, distraction and dysfunction

A week after allegations of extramarital affairs with his subordinates, the airwaves are still filled with the salacious stories of former police chief Ralph Godbee and the future leadership of the police department. At the time the news broke of Godbee’s relationship with another police officer, the Michigan Citizen had just published an article, "Police near mutiny," which focused on the cuts the city mad ...

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Be prepared for a lengthy ballot

This November, voters should anticipate more than 18 ballot proposals. This will undoubtedly make for a challenging time at the polls as unprepared voters attempt to navigate. Most voters are currently being inundated with conflicting information and a barrage of negative advertising. It will be important this election cycle to be prepared for three pages of initiatives that require careful reading. This we ...

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Duggan for mayor?

Mike Duggan has announced his intention to create an exploratory committee that will begin raising funds and seeking community input on his mayoral run in 2013. Business elite and corporate media have been gearing up for this run for some time with headlines such as: “Is it time for a white mayor?” We believe that is not the prism from which to understand Duggan’s or any other white candidate’s candidacy. I ...

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By Zaid Jilani

This week, video emerged of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney essentially telling donors that 47 percent of Americans are lazy and just want to be dependent upon the government. In Romney’s world, these are all Obama voters. “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who be ...

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Violence is a disease

Violence is a public health disease. And Detroit is infected. Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Professionals consider many elements that make for healthy or unhealthy communities. Personal choice and the environment are two of those elements, factors that lead ...

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Democrats’ hardest job

It is so nice to see the real America. Last week when the Republicans gathered, it was, as one paper noted, “A Sea of Whiteness.” This week in Charlotte, N.C., Democratic convention attendees are all colors, every age, gender and economic status. Present are faces that reflect every part of the globe that has populated this nation. And the Democrats are talking real issues as well. Opportunity has been a ke ...

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