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City’s financial crisis needs to more conversation

In last week’s issue, we discussed what will be the top issues facing the city in this new year. The debate over whether to allow recreational marijuana sales will continue…

Guest Editorial: Return to school plans require utmost caution and detailed planning

Guest Editorial: Return to school plans require utmost caution and detailed planning

By Jaleelah Ahmed Superintendent, Hamtramck Public Schools Recently, Governor Whitmer encouraged school districts across Michigan to begin offering in-person learning options. Since her announcement, many members of the HPS community…

HPS district is taking right approach to classroom learning

The Hamtramck Public School District has decided not to rush back to in-person classroom learning this March. Recently, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer opened the doors for schools to return to classroom…

Banning marijuana shops makes absolutely no sense

Recently, four city councilmembers made a reckless decision. Those councilmembers rushed through an ordinance banning any more recreational marijuana outlets from setting up shop in Hamtramck. They pushed this ordinance…

With 2020 behind us, now is the time to unite

We can all agree that we’re glad to see the year 2020 end. Obviously COVID played a huge part in our lives. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will go…

Guest Editorial: Councilmember Andrea Karpinski’s resignation letter

Guest Editorial: Councilmember Andrea Karpinski’s resignation letter

  By Andrea Karpinski It is not without careful consideration that I write this Letter of Resignation from my position as Hamtramck City Councilwoman. Over the last seven years, I…

Zoning Board barely avoided a costly lawsuit

Thank goodness that cooler heads prevailed during a recent Zoning Board of Appeals decision. A few weeks ago, a bare majority of ZBA members voted to reject a variance request…

Open porches lead to good neighbors and safety

Should the city allow new housing units to have enclosed porches? In case you are wondering, this is actually a hot-button issue in the city council. A proposal, which seemingly…

This year, the Goodfellows fundraiser has special meaning

Without a doubt, the year 2020 has been a kick in the behind for just about everyone. The coronavirus pandemic has caused financial hardships for many households. Hamtramck has always…

In a time for leadership, a fail

We are in a pandemic, with thousands of businesses closing, millions of folks without jobs, and millions more about to have their unemployment benefits end. And what do our City…