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June 15, 2013

Detroit: No Pain, No Gain!

Don't blame Kevyn Orr. He is the doctor that will reduce the pain and cure the disease. Often the cure causes temporary pain for the sake of getting back to long-term health.

To ease the pain, assets will be sold including assets held at the Detroit Institute of Arts. One of the reasons for holding assets is for rainy days. Well, it is pouring in Detroit.

Don't kid yourself, It will be painful living and working in Detroit for a while. Neglect always catches up with you. Detroit has been neglected for many decades. The citizens of Detroit know putting the city back on course will take time, effort and sacrifice. There will be cuts in pension payments and a reduction in health care.

There also will be opportunity. The opportunity will come as the state and country start believing; believing indeed the Motor City is not only going to survive but prosper. The city has a not to be replicated riverfront, it is the centerpiece for this country's manufacturing base, its music is world renowned, it is the heart of a 4.2 million plus metropolitan area, it has soul and it is 313.

Orr has put the creditors of the city on notice they will not be getting the majority of their money back. He recognizes that in order for the city to prosper it must provide quality service to its citizens including, police, fire garbage collection and sewer disposal.

The plan is for Kevyn to be in his position for only 16-more months and the problems will still be present when he leaves.. It will take Detroit 20-years to get back to prosperity and its glory years and the burden of accomplishing the comeback will fall to the citizens and most particularly its voters. It takes effort to do it right. Going to the voting booth and pulling the lever is the easy part. 

It is the time required to research and listen to all of the candidates that is difficult. It is the effort required to do a critical analysis of each candidates past and his proposals that makes the responsibility to vote so burdensome. In the past Detroit's citizens have made some mistakes. That is OK. Do better this time. I made a mistake voting for George W. Bush twice and the result was two wars in foreign countries that cost thousands of Americans lives and the wars have still not ended.

Demand Mayoral candidates show you their plan that brings the glory back to the Motor City over the next two decades. Demand their plans be specific and detailed. Don't let them talk to you in "speech talk". If they fail to give good, complete answers vote for someone else..SHOW US YOUR PLANS.

3 comments:

  1. There should be every attempt to put the art in public art museums throughout the country. Sell the art, but not your class.

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  2. I agree that quite often the treatment/remedy can be just as bad and at times worse than the disease it's meant to cure. And I understand that in certain situations, decisions have to be made without regard or consideration of the emotional impact of the action. Offering up the DIA's vast collection to satisfy Detroit's astronomical debt is analagous to chemotherapy and the cancer patient. If it doesn't kill you, maybe and hopefully it'll make you better.

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  3. I agree that quite often the treatment/remedy can be just as bad and at times worse than the disease it's meant to cure. And I understand that in certain situations, decisions have to be made without regard or consideration of the emotional impact of the action. Offering up the DIA's vast collection to satisfy Detroit's astronomical debt is analagous to chemotherapy and the cancer patient. If it doesn't kill you, maybe and hopefully it'll make you better.

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