Readers: More thoughts on the ‘two Detroits’
A tale of two cities
Re: Nolan Finley’s Dec. 28 column, “More on the Two Detroits”: Finley got it right. You have the downtown businesses wanting their people downtown. Young, highly educated techie types. In the “safe” zone. Then you have black people relegated to the ’hood, where there’s little upward mobility, or safety.
Sadly, until the Detroit dropout rate decreases, as well as the teen pregnancy rate, this really isn’t much of a discussion.
Regardless of color, you’re going to be left on the outside looking in without a diploma and most teen pregnancies are going to result in poverty, which statistics show is usually never escaped. Most people born into poverty never escape.
Joe Thomas, Detroit
Education is the key to success and the community must focus on teaching kids how to act properly in public, follow basic rules of the community, learn to read and write, study hard in school, learn to speak properly, dress for success, how to be punctual, polite, set goals.
The schools cannot do this without parental and community support.
The breakdown of the family calls for a community effort to focus on the importance of education as a necessity in the modern world.
Rick Johnson, Farmington Hills
I’m not a fan of Nolan Finley’s politics, but people attacking him for pointing out what he sees are attacking the messenger. Any honest Democrat, like me, would also tell you that Detroit is beginning to look like Chicago, with the downtown for the rich, and the crime riddled surrounding suburbs for the (mostly black) poor.
Adam Gantz, Farmington Hills
Education starts at home
A good article, but I am tired of the “failed education system” crutch. The school cannot control the home environment and the schools do not do enough to separate out the disruptive students. Six hours a day for five days a week cannot offset what happens at home and in the neighborhoods. Start changing the trend by getting educated, employed and married before procreating.
Robert Walkman, Rockford
Harsh new reality
A generational change in how education and family is valued is needed. And that won’t happen in time for most people in the city to benefit from the improvements that are going on now. New blood is needed. A transfusion of educated people, people with the skills to jump in now. These people will demand changes in the education system.
Detroit needs an influx of people who understand that an over-reliance on government is a recipe for disaster and is one of the primary causes for the city being in the shape it’s in now.
James Foster, Mesquite, Texas