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Emergency management is a failed policy experiment

The city of Detroit is in a financial emergency. This announcement, given at a press conference Feb. 20 by State Treasurer Andy Dillion and the Financial Review Team appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December, is not surprising. The emergency management trajectory began years ago. Suburbanites will say it began the year of the “riots” in 1967 when Black leadership began to take over. We agree but for differe ...

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Time for a new Michigan Democratic party chair

It is time for Mark Brewer to go. That’s the sentiment of most the party’s politicos. The Michigan Citizen talked to many people for the story on the upcoming election of a new state Democratic Party chair. Most wouldn’t go on the record but agreed it’s time for change. Many stated they didn’t want to make this an anti-Brewer campaign. Others said, simply, “It’s time for new energy.” All, however, want resu ...

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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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Understanding and courage

In the upcoming year, Detroiters will pick a new mayor and elect council persons by district. Hopes are high that the cannibalizing of the city will stop if some strong persons are elected. That will only happen if voters demand a strong message and platform from candidates. ...

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Officials must seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection

Detroit civic organization, Citizens For Detroit’s Future (CFDF), headed by Detroit accountant Tom Barrow, delivered letters to Detroit’s elected leaders Jan. 8, calling on them to accept that the railroad is running towards the city and is controlled by conservative interests seeking to take the city’s coveted resources and assets. ...

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Republicans are only interested in solving problems we don’t have

If you think the billionaires aren’t rich enough, women have too much control of their bodies and workers get paid too much, this GOP is for you. As the 112th Congress prepares to go down as the least productive in modern history, we in Michigan can remind you that the only thing worse than a Republican legislature that won’t pass laws is one that will. ...

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Gun violence in America

A movie theater in Aurora, Colo. A Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. A shopping mall in Oregon. A political event in Tucson, Ariz. The weekend streets of big cities like Chicago. And now a first grade class in Newtown, Conn. When will the madness stop? When will we take “meaningful action” to end gun violence in America? These are just the latest high-profile mass shootings that have taken the lives of too many inn ...

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