POLITICS: Cities’ problem isn’t federal abandonment
Urban Journal’s “What I Saw in Detroit” overlooks the fact that the federal government, through Johnson’s Model Cites Program, invested $450 million dollars to revitalize a 9-square mile section of the city (equivalent to $3.2 billion dollars in 2011), and in the past 34 months the federal government has awarded $1.015 billion more to be spent on projects in the city of Detroit.
That’s hardly a nation deciding that cities no longer matter. The building block of society is a functional family, and government programs that keep paying people to have kids will never help to create that functional family.
Politicians, in the quest for votes, have done something that white plantation owners in the South were unable to do: they have destroyed the black family. Detroit has been doomed by the politicians. That said, Detroit Mayor David Bing is a very courageous individual, and I wish him well.
RENNY BOWERS, GREECE
EDUCATION: Blame the parents, not the teachers
Regarding the graduation rate in city schools: It does not take a village or, in this case a city, to raise a child. People can politicize all they want as to why the graduation rates are less than 50 percent. It’s not the teachers. It’s not for lack of books or programs. It’s not about poverty. What it is about is the parents.
The parents are 100 percent responsible for what their children do or do not do. I say hold the parents’ feet to the fire. Education is not all about buildings and teachers. If the parents cared one bit, they would make sure they know where their kids are. If they need to be in school, they should make damn sure they are. Period.
Don’t be so quick to blame everything and everyone else for their shortcomings as parents.
DAVID C. LOMBARD, WEBSTER
POLITICS: Be proud, Democrats!
I must speak out about elected Democrats who, when asked to comment on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act, come out with chicken-liver responses: “Oh, it’s an imperfect law. Oh, we need to improve on it,” and other weak replies. I say, Don’t be a Wuss; be a proud Democrat.
In New York and many other states, some elected officials will not attend our National Democratic Convention, because they are afraid of how Republicans will paint them for doing so. As a grassroots organizer since 2007, and a 2008 and 2012 delegate for President Obama, my head wants to explode. Their main excuse? They want to spend more time with their constituents!
What do they do on the other 51 weeks of the year? What about when they go on vacation? What about when a family or personal tragedy strikes? Or is the old adage true that “we only see politicians when they want our vote?” I say, Don’t be a Wuss; be a proud Democrat.
The Republicans and Tea Party are united – maybe not to elect Mitt Romney but to bring down President Obama. The Republicans and the Tea Party want to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. Please stand with President Obama and the National Democratic Party at our convention. Don’t let the Republicans and the Tea Party steal the message. The Supreme Court ruled that the ACA is constitutional. We won.
Don’t be a Wuss; be a proud Democrat. Explain to your constituents English how beneficial the ACA is to all Americans. Don’t run away from it. The president doesn’t.
KEN PRESTON, IRONDEQUOIT
Preston is a member of Rochester for Obama 2012.