“Outta’ My Mind on a Saturday Moanin’ ”
Congratulations to The Detroit News’ Karen Bouffard for her excellent, albeit painful, front page story on infant mortality in Detroit. It was one thing to say, in the past, that Detroit property was selling at “Third World prices,” it’s an entirely different story to say today our infant mortality rate rivals that of some Third World countries, and in some cases is actually worse.
Bouffard’s study found that Detroit has more babies born to moms who are single and under 20, than any other major American city.
And as hard as the March of Dimes works day in and day out to save premature babies, infant mortality is the No. 1 killer of Detroit children before their first birthday.
We’ve had more than our fair share of bad news around here in the last few years, but this is in a class of its own. A gut wrenching one.
An infuriating one.
A completely unacceptable, shameful and, eventually, fixable one.
Where is the personal responsibility?
Where are the fathers?
■Mayor Mike Duggan sees the light.
Forget the earlier “Fix the Street Lights” campaign to get the lights back on in Detroit.
It wasn’t working, at least not fast enough.
Mayor Duggan has started his own plan.
Updated to stop fixing and replacing old out-dated lights with other old out-dated lights.
L.E.D. lights were called “the future” some time ago.
Finally, they are in our future.
■ Post-auto show blues?
Put “NewsTalk 760 WJR Radio 5:30-9am” on your calendar for the first week of March and join me as I broadcast live from the annual Geneva Motor Show. Front row seat. No charge.
■ Enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.
My prediction for the winner ?
A tie. (Between the new Chrysler commercial and the Budweiser Clydesdale-puppy spot.)
Paul W. Smith is host of the Paul W. Smith Show on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.