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Voters face a daunting decision on city’s future

Next Tuesday (Nov. 3), Hamtramck voters will have a lot to consider. Besides choosing which political candidates should hold office – including the president – voters here have three controversial…

In politics, anyone can get involved – even outsiders

As we mentioned in last week’s issue, Hamtramck voters have been faced with numerous controversial ballot proposals and recall elections in the past. Political controversy has constantly been a part…

Hamtramck readies for needed housing development

For years, Hamtramck has been handcuffed from selling city-owned lots. The lots had been tied up in a complicated and drawn-out housing discrimination lawsuit. That lawsuit has nearly ended, and…

Charter proposals offer plenty to think about

Hamtramck voters are faced with a possible seismic shift in how the city provides police and fire services. There are two ballot proposals this Nov. 3 that ask voters to…

Sewer line repairs still have a long way to go

Hamtramck’s struggle to fix its ailing sewer system continues to inch forward. The city council recently OK’d spending $4.9 million from the water department’s budget to begin the next phase…

Haven’t filled out a Census form? Do it right now and be counted

The Census count effort is rounding the corner and is about to close down by the end of the month. We can’t say this enough: It is imperative for Hamtramck…

Protecting our stadium is a sound investment

If you are a regular reader of this paper, you will know that Hamtramck has rediscovered an old jewel. For years, Hamtramck’s baseball stadium had fallen into disrepair. There was…

City officials need to step up in securing festival

Normally in this week’s issue you would see scenes from last weekend’s annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Normal is no longer normal in the age of COVID. The pandemic has…

Is profanity and crude public discourse the new normal?

Much has been said in the past week about Councilmember Ian Perrotta’s recent censure by his fellow councilmembers. This is the second time that Perrotta has been called out for…

Hamtramck needs to step up its Census participation

We can’t say this enough. If you haven’t filled out your Census form, drop everything you are doing and go fill it out. Why? There are a whole bunch of…