Gov. Rick Snyder is fighting for the pensions of Detroit retirees whose votes he will likely not win. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
Reading the tea leaves
Re: Nolan Finley’s Jan. 26 column, “Detroit bailout defies politics”: What many do not see speaks directly to what Nolan Finley wrote. What they do not see is that Gov. Rick Snyder broke the machine politics of Detroit.
If Mike Duggan takes the ball and runs with it we may see some really great leadership come out of Detroit.
I think thatSnyder also recognizes, as few do, the people of Detroit desperately want better leadership. They put Dave Bing in only to have him thwarted by City Council. They went to great trouble to put Duggan in and we shall see if the council will be a partner or a problem.
Will Duggan put the machine back together? He’s a fool if he does. If Duggan does a job, he’s positioned for the the big chair in Lansing when Snyder’s second term is over.
Robert Dewey, Grand Rapids
Detroit is changing
Too many people are basing their opinions on people who are no longer in power. It would be different if the city was still being run by the groups of the past. Detroit has turned a corner and appears to be heading in the right direction. Is there more that needs to be done? There most certainly is. But, the backwards thinking activist and council of ministers no longer hold sway. They were told by a majority of citizens that they had enough, when they didn’t elect Benny Napoleon, who had the support of the ministers and activist. Gov. Snyder most certainly isn’t doing this for votes.
James Foster, Mesquite, Texas
Put politics aside
What Gov. Rick Snyder is doing is called doing the right thing, which is exactly the opposite of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s do-nothing program.
The right thing is always more difficult, too.
Rick W. Sutliff, Waterford
Snyder isn't apolitical
Mystified by Gov. Snyder’s move to protect Detroit pensioners?
Consider it a preemptive strike against Democratic attack ads this fall citing Rick and the GOP for taxing public pensions.
See? Snyder does care about some public pensioners, especially in an election year. This way, Democrats must follow his lead or they become the bad guys.
Richard Francis McMahon, Rochester
The rest of the story
I’m sure Gov. Snyder wants the bankruptcy complete before the election. That would be an anchor around his neck. He is also probably trying to avoid costly and protracted legal battles for violating the state constitution. Not to mention the state may be on the hook for any shortfall. Nolan Finley didn’t focus on any of these issues in his article.
Steven Carpenter, East Lansing
Bailout bigger than Detroit
I agree Gov. Snyder is doing the right thing, but Nolan Finley gives him too much credit.
Many of Detroit’s retirees affected by the bankruptcy live in the suburbs. The DIA is a regional institution more than a Detroit institution. Private and charitable groups have offered to put up hundreds of millions of dollars to minimize the disruption from the Detroit bankruptcy, so that any contribution from the State of Michigan is leveraged to maximize the impact.
So it is not simply a matter of Snyder helping the people of the city of Detroit despite Detroiters’ non-support of Republicans.
The state has the opportunity to do something that benefits the region, not just the city.
David L. Richards, Royal Oak
What makes Detroit special?
Re: The Detroit News’ Jan. 25 Editorial, “Detroit deal good for Michigan”: In my mind, the suburbs took over the city’s role as being a “strong core” long ago — Detroit’s suburbs are better when it comes to crime, schools, and commerce, than almost any other metro area in the U.S. Other cities are doing just fine without the state being responsible.
Tony Vandelinder, Chesterfield
Worth a try
Re: Neal Rubin’s Jan. 27 column, “Drunken Historical Society brewing up the past”: I went to one of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society’s events in the fall at the Gaelic League; it was really interesting.
Matt Turner, Royal Oak