POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Duggan's Row to Hoe with Voters
Published: August 14, 2013
They will pour more into it this fall. They want him sitting at Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s right hand, watching what he is doing and getting ready to take over.
But then what? How would Mike Duggan “fix” Detroit?
The emergency manager and the bankruptcy court only have to get rid of the bad debt and balance the books — and then they are gone.
How does Mike Duggan propose to make this city work again after that? How will he get cops on the streets and work with the Detroit Public Schools to make those proposals realistic options? What would he do to bring jobs here; not just recycled jobs from the suburbs?
The voters need to know these things and members of the news media need to push both candidates for answers.
Incidentally, this primary election — and everything surrounding it — was anything but journalism’s finest hour. There was far too much attention given to the antics of Tom Barrow and Mike the Barber. Most outlets committed the mystifying error of treating Robert Davis as credible; this is a guy currently awaiting trial in federal court for embezzling from Highland Park Schools.
Detroiters went to the polls in greater numbers than expected last week and the majority of them cast what looks like a sane and responsible vote for the city’s future.
For that, they deserve a fair amount of respect.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.
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