- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 28, 2009

I read the article ” ‘Chaos’ in motor city” (Sunday Read) and I know what it is like to live in a city that is depressed, because the minute you walk out of your door, you step into what looks like a Third World country.

I am a native of Detroit. My heart will always be with the city of Detroit. Sometimes I think Detroit is no different than any other city where the people are poor and have been for so long that they have lost their hope for salvation.

There are gangs and drugs and the lack of education in the city makes you cry the loudest cry that can be heard across the country. Many Detroiters feel that this is all they know and that this is all they will ever know.

Keep in mind that this is the mind-set of only one sector of people in Detroit. On the other hand, you have those who have experienced the letdown of leadership within the city and continue to press on. No matter what, they are determined to see a change in Detroit.

The only reason the attention is on Detroit now is because the auto companies are dying and are in need of money. Can’t you see that the auto companies come from the same stock? If I had my way and if I had the money, I would put the people back to work in their own communities. You see the problems date back to the Detroit riots. You need to write about that.

I can remember when everyone on the block had grass and beautiful lawns. People took such pride in their homes that one neighbor would try to outdo the other in having the most beautiful landscaping. The riots destroyed that, and the government has never done anything to upgrade the city.

President Obama, if you want to do something, try to help us to upgrade the Midwest. Start with the areas that have been the hardest hit. There is a proverb that says when you have been strengthened, go back and strengthen your brother.

Everyone who has left the city - like myself - needs to take another look and be willing to put out a portion of their love to help restore Motown from its meltdown. I will be the first from Maryland. How many others will follow from across the nation? This is my cry for the city that I so desperately love.


White Plains, Md.

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