Monday, January 28, 2008

Detroit Mayor’s Troubles

I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of the mess the city will have to deal with. I mean the city residents. That’s because the mess looks to involve tax dollars. What do I personally think? Well, here goes.

What many in politics seem to not understand is the old say, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” City residents and business proprietors look to a mayor to lead by example. If a mayor wants respect and trust, a mayor must practice respect and trust toward its residents and business owners. So far it looks as if trust has been broken due to possible perjury. It also looks as if respect has gone out the window due to no response.

Now I think it is imperative Kilpatrick comes out of the dark and into the light with a strong message as to why. Without doing so, the scandal and alleged perjury issues will just get blown out of proportion. Yes, text messages say there was an affair. The questions are who paid for it and was it related to the dismissal of Gary Brown, Harold Nelthrope, and Walt Harris from their jobs. Was there a connection with a party at the Manoogian house? I sure do hope not.

I totally agree with a person’s antics having nothing to do with taking care of business. But this extra marital affair - however long ago it was - seems to be directly connected to the firings. That is what I think pisses people off. Most people in this country know power that politicians obtain occasionally lead some into relationships that are not acceptable. So what’s new? That part of this is no real surprise. It’s the attempted cover up that destroys the trust and respect. Especially when it also causes the destruction of people’s lives just doing what they are paid to do.

What can anyone believe when dots, that were once scattered, are now coming together? What can anyone believe when tax money spent unofficially is supposedly unavailable for repairing a city? What can anyone believe if those in a court room say no when the true answer is yes?

We all know that eventually this will become history like all other scandals do. Yet, until then, we the citizens are asked to do the math. I don’t know about you but, the numbers are not adding up for me.

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Blogger Mikey said...

When all the dust settles, I believe there is going to be a lot of "I'm Sorry". Now whether Kilpatrick is sorry for doing it, sorry for lying about it, or sorry for getting caught will always be up for speculation. But all be told, Detroit knew what they were getting into when they re-elected him. It's not like he wasn't involved with scandal and misappropriation of funds previously. Steve Wilson of channel 7 news has been hounding the mayor for years now, and rightfully so, it seems.

Now the fact that Kilpatrick has decided not to resign states that he is going to go the route that Mayor young did so long ago, one that requires a lot of personality and talk, and ends with a lot of nothing being done for the people of Detroit.


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Blogger Name: Holly Bowne said...

Sylvia, you're right when you say "trust and respect" are qualities we look for in a good leader. I would also add "honesty and integrity" to that list. And unfortunately, and so sadly for the city of Detroit, what we are seeing now is a big check in the box labeled "none of the above" as far as Kilpatrick is concerned.

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