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Re: The Detroit News’ Jan. 7 Editorial, “City Council off to bad start”:
Dear Detroit News: Go to hell. Go straight to hell. Do not pass go and don’t even think about collecting $200. Jones and Cush will lead the push for an even greater Detroit.
George Cushingberry, Detroit City Councilman, Distirct 2
I don’t allow the language Councilman George Cushingberry used of language in my house, would never say that to another human being, and expect more dignity than you showed from my government. I am embarrassed yet again by my city’s council.
Kevin Lucey, Detroit
I don’t know what the future will bring. But after reading Cushingberry’s response to The News, it doesn’t look good. So that’s the type of leadership you want to bring? Someone disagrees and it’s straight to cursing? The only difference in Cushingberry’s actions was he did it in the comment section instead of the council chambers. Just what in the heck are you thinking? No intelligent person in public office responds this way and hopes to garner any measure of respect.
For all the yelling and screaming that JoAnn Watson did, just what will she be remembered for? Yelling and screaming is all.
James Foster, Mesquite, Texas
Attitude determines altitude
Councilman Cushingberry will not succeed if he keeps up his attitude.
Eric Gute, Detroit
The less things change
Did anyone really expect anything different? She is just getting started but if her history speaks to what she now will do. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Jeffrey M. Scott, Troy
Asking too much
Judging from Councilman George Cushingberry’s comeback to the editorial, nothing will be changing on the council. You should be able to take criticism, or at the very least come back with facts and an educated response.
Dave Tessman, Clawson
What do you expect from the elected officials in Detroit. This is exactly why there is an emergency manager and this council will have no power. I would not be surprised to see the EM extended if this council starts their antics. There is no way Gov. Rick Snyder will take Detroit through bankruptcy just to hand it back to buffoons.
The city of Detroit needs a city manager form of government.
Joe Shopshear, Wayne
Not so fast
After one vote on their leadership, The News questions its endorsement? You’re worse than any special interest group. Give this city council a chance to vote on something that really matters to our quality of life. Not just on something which has apparently bruised a lot of egos.
Jonathan Kinloch, Detroit
A broken culture
City Council off to a bad start? Unfortunately, most of us were not even born, or at least were unable to vote, the last time any Detroit City Council got off to a good start.
The voters put these people in office and they will have to vote them out, or leave the city like so many other expatriates.
John McElroy, Supply, N.C.
Hope springs ephemeral
Did anyone really expect anything different? With this bunch, Detroit is doomed. All the incumbents should have been tossed, though, considering some of the new blood, I wonder if even that would have made a difference. Has Detroit sunk so low that it is completely bereft of leadership talent? I was cautiously hopeful when Mike Duggan was elected mayor. That hope is pretty much dashed now.
EJ Knapp, Detroit
Sign of the times
As much as things change, this will always stay the same in Detroit. Nice professionalism Councilman Cushingberry, we see where you will invest your energy for the city, and it won’t be for the good of your district.
LeRon Powell, Sterling Heights
Why Detroit is in decline
How Brenda Jones was even re-elected is beyond me. But voters and the council are Detroit’s own worst enemy.
Dave Couvillion, Windsor
Orr's trump card
Re: Daniel Howes’ Jan. 7 column, “Duggan, Detroit council have much to prove in short time”:
One thing in Mayor Mike Duggan’s favor, as Daniel Howes mentions, is that it’s still emergency manager Kevyn Orr who has the power. If Brenda Jones acts as she has previously, she may hold the title, but her powers will wiped away with the stroke of Orr’s pen. And truth be told, I trust him more than I trust her.
Rich Stringer, Detroit
Detroit needs paradigm shift
I agree that the election of Brenda Jones is not a good sign. It harkens back to the status quo represented by Kwame and his criminal cronies. It will just be more of the same, more city vs. suburbs, Us vs. Them, uncooperative, get nothing done, black vs. white, politically-motivated governance.
Kevyn Orr will remain in charge because City Council will stand in the way of any progress no matter what Mayor Duggan does. Enough said.
William Plumpe, Detroit
Pun of the day
How fitting. The new council falls for the Brenda Jones snow job, hoping to leave Detroit buried in the past and frozen in time.
John Richards, Detroit
There's always one
I’m glad Brenda Jones was elected council president. It means this is one thing that will work in favor of the average Detroit resident and not because those with deep pockets hold the power.
Kimmi Cee, Detroit
Thankful now for Orr
Re: Darren A. Nichols’ Jan. 7 report, “Duggan to Detroiters: ‘Just give us six months’”: First order of business is to get emergency manager Kevyn Orr to marginalize the new City Council.
The old school obviously has enough votes to obstruct progress, but Orr has the ability to make their positions ceremonial.
Mark Durfee, Detroit
Detroit is no scrap heap
I have faith in Mr. Duggan, but will he do something about the squatters and scrappers who are destroying the city as we speak?
Kenneth Jones, Detroit