Saturday Shorts: Good end to Grosse Pointe barrier


Detroit and Grosse Pointe Park have reached a good resolution to the barrier the suburb erected on its border to Detroit.

As part of a major redevelopment project, Grosse Pointe Park closed off Kercheval at Alter Road, building a cul-de-sac and erecting farmer market sheds across what once was a through street. The suburb was accused of walling itself off from Detroit.

After sitting down with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, an agreement was reached to tear down the sheds in exchange for Detroit addressing the massive blight on its side of Alter Road.

The mayor promised a clean-up and Detroit will ultimately build its own cul-de-sac on Kercheval. The potential stand-off ended for the good of both communities.

Killings of Americans won’t end with Foley

That was an American who was brutally murdered this week by the ISIS terrorists who are trying to take over Syria and Iraq. And Americans should not let that fact slide.

Freelance journalist James Foley was slain in a grisly beheading videotaped by his murderers. It’s a reminder that terrorism doesn’t have to come to our shores to kill our citizens.

The ISIS terrorists are among the most brutal the modern world has ever seen, and are committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities.

As a country, we may be weary of engaging in that part of the world. But if we don’t actively work to put an end to ISIS, the killings of Americans won’t end with James Foley.

Increased City Council budgets renew confidence

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has increased funding for Detroit City Council members by 66 percent. That means council members can each increase the size and pay of their staff.

It’s part of a total budget that at $8.3 million is higher than last year’s at $7 million, but still lower than previous working budgets.

The increased funding is a good sign for the city. It shows Detroit’s finances are getting back in order, and that the relationships among city leaders are improving.

Council members must use the money wisely, and avoid even a hint of scandal in their allocations. Employing between four and 14 staffers each should provide plenty of help for them to do their jobs and serve constituents correctly.