Readers on DPS, presidential race


Detroit school EM should go

Re: Ingrid Jacques’s Jan. 15 column “DPS emergency manager needs to step aside”: Jacques is spot-on. As was mentioned in the column “Snyder has already admitted the emergency manager framework has not worked for Detroit schools.”

All four emergency managers, Robert Bobb, appointed by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Roy Roberts, Jack Martin and now Darnell Early, the last three appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, have been abysmal failures. They have not done the job which they were supposed to do and that is eliminate or reduce the district’s deficit, improve test scores and attract students back to the district.

Darnell Early, who was the former EM for Flint, has demonstrated poor judgment, just as he did by switching Flint from the Detroit water system to the Flint River, thereby contaminating Flint’s residents with lead-based water by removing security guards from the elementary and middle schools.

Yes, it’s time: “DPS emergency manager needs to step aside.”

Thomas A. Wilson Jr., Detroit

Big shift in party politics

Re: David Shribman’s Jan. 17 column in The Detroit News “A different GOP revolution”: Growing up in a divided household, my father was an independent, my mother a Democrat it was an education in itself hearing both sides of the story. Much as described in the column, my father’s family were dairy farmers in the Thumb area, my mother’s family store owners and factory workers.

Many of the reasons each gave for their support or nonsupport of each party follow the myth of Democrats are for the people, i.e. Roosevelt and all the social programs, and Republicans are for business.

Unfortunately, neither are true in our time yet both sides cling to the false narratives. That in many ways is the disgust of both parties. Neither represent the “people” of America any longer.

Both are tied to Wall Street, bankers and big business. No one represents the little guy any more. Thus you get rebel candidates on both extremes. It is their own fault in many ways for pushing Clinton/Bush on an electorate that has had it with the status quo.

I don’t know how this election will turn out any better than the next guy; but I know this, there is a new revolution going on in America and it isn’t just Republicans.

Nope, the gray hairs (and they vote in great numbers) at the beauty salon who have been lifelong Democrats are supporting Trump. That should make the so-called party of the people take note that the grassroots have had it with their total lack of understanding of where real Americans stand on issues like health care, the economy, jobs, immigration and a sense of fairness that once existed in American society.

“Establishment leadership” is no longer in step with its constituents regardless of party. Both parties are struggling for survival and my money is on the people.

Linda Jolicoeur, Waterford

State faces many big issues

Re: Nolan Finley’s Jan. 17 column in The Detroit News, “Snyder’s address must be all about fixing Flint” : I hope you’ll stay on this subject, and address related issues including gubernatorial accountability, Michigan’s emergency manager law, the state’s culpability in local governments’ squeeze (elimination of revenue sharing and tax laws that limit local governments’ ability to provide appropriate services), and Michigan’s overall tax laws which have squeezed state government capacity to protect its citizens at a reasonable level.

As a professor of political science at Eastern Michigan University, I would suggest that GE’s move to Boston rather than Michigan says a lot about Michigan’s low-tax, weak-service strategy. Higher taxes to pay for exemplary nation-leading public education, higher education, environmental safety, and overall infrastructure would do a lot to grow our state. That formula has been around for a long time and worked well in Michigan in our heyday.

Raymond A. Rosenfeld,

Bloomfield Township