Detroit's about to go broke. Something drastic has to be done. But the answer isn't to slice more deeply into the city's workforce. Or to slash benefits. Or to sell off the street lights. The answer is something genuinely wider and deeper and bolder.
You tell me: Is GM too big to bail out the city of Detroit? Don't they owe us by now? Not just for what the U.S. taxpayers provided them only two years ago, but how about for the near century of grueling wage labor Detroit's workers provided?
As much as politicians say that they are working for America's workforce, they are losing not only people who work for Focus: HOPE, but failing the students who would have been educated by their job training.
Imagine a day where 1.3 million people from around the world visit Detroit en masse to recreate and experience the high-water mark of a full and thriving Motor City. Maybe a few of them will even fall in love and stick around.
Mayor Bing and City Council President Pugh both have professed how they love Detroit and want to lead Detroit back to its glory days. We need leadership who are willing to demonstrate their love for us through their actions.
We must look to Mayor Bing and the city council to inspire us with thoughtful leadership. What Detroit desperately needs today is new ideas, "aha moments," not fewer teachers in the classrooms.
The complaint is pervasive: politicos are unresponsive. There is polarized policy being imposed on unpolarized voters all over the country, and Michigan ranks among the states where this happens most frequently.
We've been told we're on the edge so many times that it feels like Detroit is as much on the edge of existence as on the straits of the Detroit River. Yet, if there is one common thread that ties Detroiters together it is resolve.
Detroit International Bridge Company's money and influence has manipulated our elected legislative body in such a way that it has completely warped the perceptions of a bill that would have benefited everyone.
For too long, we have seen our manufacturing jobs shipped overseas with little investment to retrain workers. We have seen high local taxes stifle entrepreneurship. It's time that we -- the people of Detroit -- take charge of our city's future.
It's high time Detroit finally got an EFM. For many years, especially the last 11 years, Detroit has really been drowning in red ink and leadership hasn't been able to stem the tide.
The mayor of Detroit, a businessman turned novice politician, is failing to provide the political leadership necessary to turn one of America's most troubled towns in a new direction.
"Road trip? Sure, why not," said writer Chris Sloat, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich. "Who knows what kind of trouble Kwame can get into in Denver? And at least he'll be somebody else's problem for a week."