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Tough financial times call for tough decisions

As we reported last week, 60 percent of the city’s $16 million yearly budget goes toward providing police and fire services. It’s typical for most communities to spend the lion’s…

School district seeks to shore up its future

Last week, the public school district held its annual State of the District presentation. And as we reported, it was all good news, financially-speaking as well as for student services…

When it comes to hosting a party, Hamtramck wins

Hamtramck has proved once again that we know how to throw a party. And as of today, Friday, Feb. 28, the party is still going. On Tuesday, the city hosted…

Moving the city forward requires being prepared

It seemed like a small matter in last week’s city council meeting. But as is often the case, the devil’s in the details. The council was presented with a resolution…

GM Poletown plant is both good news, bad news

We have spilled a lot of ink in recent months about the GM Poletown plant and what its existence means to Hamtramck. The plant plays a major role in the…

State let the city down in toxic waste matter

Apparently, the state doesn’t care about the health and well-being of our residents. Words can’t express the outrage felt in the community about the state’s recent decision to allow radioactive…

Should Hamtramck keep its parking meters or upgrade?

It’s an understatement to say that the subject of parking meters has long been an issue in Hamtramck. Since at least the 1980s, there have been on and off again…

The key to Hamtramck’s success this year: Cooperation

In this week’s paper, we explore some of the issues that will be coming up in the new year. Hamtramck’s financial security will continue to take up a lot of…

A new year, and a reason to be optimistic

It looks like the new year, 2020, has started off with quite a bang. The country still remains deeply politically divided, and it now looks like it is possible there…

Hiring of former police chief was a good decision

Much has been said about the return of former Hamtramck Police Chief Max Garbarino. Recently, a divided city council agreed to bring Garbarino back, but this time as a liaison…