Community Comment: Proposal L, flood damage, & new WXYZ downtown studio

WXYZ Detroit - Once again, it’s time to share our soap box.  Our Channel 7 editorial supporting the Proposal L millage renewal for the Detroit Public Library prompted this response from the library’s executive director, Jo Anne Mondowney.  She writes: 

“I want to thank…the editorial staff at WXYZ-7 for the wonderful endorsement Proposal L.  Many people heard and commented on the informative and encouraging endorsement. We were humbled by the 75 percent voter approval.”

Danae Van of Madison Heights sent us this comment about our flood recovery editorial and the challenges she faced reporting her damage. 

“I was told to call Oakland County. Oakland County says to contact my local government.  Local government says to contact Oakland County and fill out the form.  I’m dizzy already!”

But the announcement and editorial about our newest TV studio in the heart of downtown Detroit triggered some strong reactions.  Richard Delicata said:

“Come on…the crime has to STOP.  Would you send your kids to school there?  Stop trying to cover it up!”

Another viewer writes:

“As for my family…we wouldn’t come to Detroit if they were passing out 100 dollar bills.  You can build bigger, newer and better but the scum of Detroit will still be there selling drugs, raping and (killing) folks for no reason at all.  Detroit is a wasteland.”

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And finally, Eunice Rose, an activist and supporter of Detroit who lives in Southfield had this message for us:

“I understand the excitement you all must be feeling about your move to the Qube…..at Campus Martius.   …I consider us all citizens of Metro Detroit….  I hope you will not forget Southfield, The Center of it All.” 

Don’t worry Ms. Rose.  Channel 7 will remain based in Southfield.  We’re just expanding to a new and additional TV studio downtown. 

Thanks for writing and watching.  Keep sending us your e-mails. 

I’m Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director

Broadcast: September 4 - 7, 2014

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