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Lawless Thugs III

In a stunning development, a conspiracy of silence has been discovered that proves just about all the players in the city of Detroit bankruptcy case are breaking the law. This is a serious allegation that deserves careful consideration before asserting. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has repeatedly stated the reason for declaring Detroit bankrupt is due to an $18 billion debt. It has been demonstrated ...

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Discarding our youth

As young people graduate from high school, or finish the school year as sophomores and juniors, they begin to search for summer jobs. For the past several summers, the jobs have not been available, and this summer will be no different. Economists are projecting a better employment situation for those college graduates who are entering the labor market now, but high school graduates who must save money for c ...

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Lawrence Urban Agenda will help to strengthen Greater Detroit

Detroit and our surrounding cities are in a fight for survival. Unfortunately, many policies that are decided in Washington, D.C., make our fight even harder. To boost Detroit, Southfield, Pontiac, Oak Park and all of our urban areas at the federal level, I’ve set forth a plan of action. My robust plan to strengthen and support each of the 18 communities that make up Michigan’s 14th Congressional District i ...

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Wayne County Transit: Time to Move

It’s time for Wayne County to get moving. As anyone who lives here knows, metro Detroit has fewer public transit options than any other major urban area in the country. A lack of reliable public transit makes it harder for workers to connect to jobs. It also stifles business growth while adding congestion to our roads and pollution to our environment. After many years of false starts, we’re making progress. ...

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LBJ’s legacy under assault

Fifty years later, former President Lyndon Johnson got the tribute he more than earned. Four presidents praised his contribution. The Great Society, the War on Poverty, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act opened doors that had been locked. “I lived out the promise of LBJ’s efforts,” said President Obama, rejecting the cynicism of those who would dismantle Medicare and food stamps — signature LBJ ...

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State Fairgrounds: Land grab under the radar

A recent statement by a “privatization” advocate at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy put to rest one of the enduring myths about why the State Fair at Woodward and Eight Mile had to be shut down after 162 years of operation. In the lead up to its closure in 2009, the public was repeatedly told the historic fair was losing money so it had to be shut down. However, judging from statements by the center’s ...

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Great divide could spur populist movement

Congress ended the month of May without renewing jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed who were cut off at the end of last year. House Speaker John Boehner rails against the Obama administration for failing to create jobs, but apparently blames unemployed workers for not having one. There is a stark divide between the actions in Washington and the opinions of most Americans. Americans overwhelmingly ...

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The crisis

The following is a quote from the book “The American Crisis” by Thomas Payne that was written in the 18th century during the days of the American Revolution: “These are times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in case in this crisis, shrink from service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women.” It is very sad many people ...

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Memories of our special sister

Many people will remember Dr. Maya Angelou for her phenomenal career. She was a true renaissance woman — an author and teacher, a dancer and performer, a radio personality and a producer. I will remember as a sister friend a wise “auntie” who didn’t mind pulling your coat-tail, a generous spirit who made time for virtually any who asked, a gentle and kind spirit. If you dropped by when a meal was being serv ...

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Michigan Republicans are a disgrace to our country on Memorial Day 2014

A main slogan of the American Revolution was “taxation without representation is tyranny.” Michigan Republicans have imposed tyranny on citizens of cities throughout the state with institution of emergency managers who usurp elected representatives’ powers to steward the citizens’ tax money. Memorial Day celebrates the sacrifices of troops for the very American liberty the Michigan Tea Party Republicans hav ...

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