Community Comment: Detroit Neighborhood Day, suspended driver's licenses & '67 unrest

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 18:18:23-04

Once again, it’s time for our Community Comments.  Our recent WXYZ editorial about the Saturday, August 5th Detroit Neighborhoods Day prompted this response from Rebecca Tappert

“Kudos to Arise Detroit for their annual clean-up day and the many different advocacy events they spearhead as well.  It doesn’t take much for everyone to get their brooms and dust pans and help to make Michigan’s largest city spic and span!”

Our editorial supporting reporter Simon Shaykhet’s investigaion into Michigan’s growing problems of suspended driver’s licenses triggered these comments.

“These irresponsible drivers are creating havoc on our roads!  The state needs to use all of the legislative resources it has to crack down on them before more innocent people are hurt or killed.”

-       Daniel Washberg

Emily Jordan said,  “There are two sides to this issue.  Many of us can’t afford the ridiculous fines for minor traffic violations like meter parking.  To suspend licenses for infractions like that is a waste of time and discriminates against the poor.”

And we received these responses about our 1967 Detroit unrest editorial and town hall meeting:

Ken Hreha wrote:

“Very good editorial on the Detrroit riot/rebellion/uprising.  Many would agree that there’s a lot more work to do in improving Detroit proper.”

Marge Washington said:

“Thank you for your thoughtful editorial.  There’s no easy answer to what happened 50 years ago and the problems our urban cities still face today.  But, if we as a society don’t make jobs, salaries and housing more equitable, 1967 could happen again anywhere in America.”

And finally, Deborah Edwards-Onoro tweeted:

“It takes humility & listening, for people to move from where they are to where they want to be.”

Thanks for writing and watching. 

From Rosa Parks Blvd. (formerly 12th Street) and Clairmount, I’m Chuck Stokes, Editorial Director