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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics -- and what it all means. This week, Howes says Detroit auto boosters should get used to the fact that the good ol’ days of battling giants in every part of the world are over. Good thing, too. Instead of profitability, respectability and growth, old times rife with arrogance and denial mostly culminated in mediocrity, dysfunction and the ignominy of bankruptcy.

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