Water fight exposes region's rifts
This week's latest round of sparring over control of metro Detroit's water system proves again how hard regional cooperation is in southeast Michigan.
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#1 Jan 21, 2011
The city of Detroit has proven they deserve no partnership rights in any tri county decisions. Therefore there will be factionalism whether or not people want to politically correct or not and say it. They have very little money in the game, and do not deserve a vote in these matters at all. They are represented by Wayne County anyway.
#2 Jan 21, 2011
Racism clearly is an overtone to the discussion of controlling the water. Detroit is a mess. Management of the water and sewerage system is suspect. However, it is a fact that Detroit money built the system and the suburbs were added to it. Detroit owns it and sells the service. The suburbs are heavy users and deserve some voice as with any big customer. That can still be done within the context of Detroit ownership. I can't honestly say suburban management of the system as a whole would be any better than Detroit has been. Those suburbs are responsible for jerking the rates way up using water as their own profit centers.
#3 Jan 21, 2011
The city leaders over the past 4 decades have proven they cannot manage anything and have run decent people out and the city bankrupt. Coleman Young wanted the suburbanites out of the city's business, and today all that is really wanted by the residents of detroit is working peoples money both inside and outside of detroit - without them having any say in who runs that mess. It is racism to exclude the taxpaying suburbanites from having any voice in how the city is run when they are paying the bills. To give money and control to the residents of Detroit who have proven year over year that they cannot even manage to educate their children is politically correct hogwash perpetrated by slimy politicians. The state should take over Detroit and it should be given to a tri county leadership team - people who will cut the BS and take control of it from a regional perspective. Unless we as a region band together and clean it up as a region we will never improve our image and generate better lives for the good people who live here - white or black.
#4 Jan 21, 2011
I doubt whether anybody has the stomach in the legislature to wrest the water ownership from Detroit. If the state ran the DWSD like they run the SOS office, suburbanites would be boiling drippy water constantly. A mechanism already exists for active participation by the suburbs and this is where the situation will end up.
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