Readers question Kym Worthy’s decision to keep prosecutors from court to protest budget cuts. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
Doing it wrong
Re: Oralandar Brand-Williams' March 19 report, "Wayne County lawyers no-shows, some traffic cases tossed": Wayne County can't afford lawyers but Bob Ficano has enough money to request a chauffeur, run errands and most importantly wash his car for $55,000 per year. Someone needs to get their priorities right.
Keith Gerard, Macomb
Isn't it funny: When it comes to Ficano's safety, he wants to have another driver. When it comes to public safety, he cuts budgets and has the commission do his dirty work. Citizens elected public servants in good faith and the leadership has really let us down. Remember those names when it comes time to vote. Those who have had a part in all of this mess still want to keep the status quo.
Christopher Wojtowicz, Hamtramck
Is anyone in charge?
Most dangerous city in America, and the prosecution can't even show up to court? Way to look your best, Wayne County.
John Andzelik, Belleville
Entitlement reigns supreme
Kym Worthy is entitled to an adequate staff to do the job.
Gerald Kent, Southfield
Do your job
There only exists a finite amount of resources to pay for legal services. Kym Worthy needs to understand this and stop grandstanding and holding taxpayers hostage in order to get more money. Not sending attorneys to court is negligence.
Michael Franskoviak, Clarkston
Worthy is right
I have seen how they work. In some situations they are so overworked they barely can prepare for trials. Meanwhile Bob Ficano wants to hire a driver to serve him personally.
Joseph F. Overaitis, Detroit
Sign of the times
Many of us in Metro Detroit have had to take pay cuts versus losing our jobs. Yes, it's bad. Yes, they will lose some good attorneys, but there are still a lot of lawyers out there who could use a job. Maybe not the best solution, but much better than not doing their job or laying off 25 percent of the workforce.
Brian Atkinson, Westland
Less with less
Kym Worthy doesn't have enough attorneys to go to court. They don't exist. People aren't going to work for free. You can't keep slashing budgets and expect to get the same level of service. If there are 25 places to be, and 20 people to fill those places, then five places go empty. That means criminals go free, or you need fill those slots by paying people.
Mark Diamanti, Melbourne, Australia
Wayne taxpayers lose
Shannon Price and Laura Cox are right on point. Prosecutor Kym Worthy has a budget and should live within it until agreements are reached for additional funding. It is a disservice to those who arrange child care, take a day off work, pay for gas and parking only to be told that the prosecutor will not be there. Add to that a Wayne County sheriff who is running for another job, one has to ask about the quality of service from both these elected officials, both of whom are neglecting the jobs they were elected to and promised to perform — one for more money and one for another job.
Bill Joyner, Livonia
One of the reasons Wayne County is broke is that its commissioners earn significantly more than commissioners in Oakland and Macomb counties make.
Bill Audette, Lake Orion