Readers discuss Flint, tech jobs


Ineffective government

There is an axiom in business that says “first be effective then be efficient.”

Our governor touts a $500-plus million surplus as an accomplishment of an efficient accountant while tragically ignoring the responsibilities of his office. What Michigan needs is an effective CEO, not an efficient accountant.

Maybe we could have prevented a state-appointed EM from localizing the Flint water supply in order to reduced expenses. Maybe our children would be getting a better education. Maybe we would fix our crumbling infrastructure. Maybe we shouldn’t be asking who should be fired, but instead asking who should be indicted.

Kenneth Belanger, Dearborn

Who will pay for Flint?

Re: The photo in the Jan. 20 Detroit News of Gov. Rick Snyder and his family having dinner before his State of the State speech: I thought it was ironic to see the big goblets of what appeared to be clean, clear water on the dining table. Too bad he wasn’t able to partake of some of Flint’s water.

The headlines “I’m sorry, and I will fix it” raise the question of how, when and where the money will come from to fix this bungled mess.

Bob Schultz, Indian River

Technology can add jobs

Re: David E. Cole and John Damoose’s Jan. 21 article in The Detroit News “Anti-manufacturing bias ripples across economy”: I am a retired entrepreneur and academic. I know about technological trajectories and know that all of today’s technological advancements came out of merger of the communications and computer industries. That merger has brought us the internet, cellphone, autonomous vehicles and international outsourcing — a movement from horizontal to vertical integration in manufacturing.

I am a firm believer that our future would be best served by a merger of today’s computerized technologies and the older mechanical technologies.

A merger of the computerized technologies and older mechanical technologies could bring a new trajectory of innovations that, if done properly, could use more labor than just striving for efficiency improvements. It could ensure that our future population has jobs — in design and engineering, fabrication and operations.

Jess Browning, Bainbridge Island, Wash.