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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…

Yemeni mural compromise exemplifies holiday spirit

It now looks like Hamtramck’s famed Yemeni mural on Jos. Campau and Goodson will be saved. Saved, in the sense that a proposed development project will not end up blocking…

Eliminating the income tax is financial suicide

There has been a lively discussion on our website (www.hamtramckreview.com) about whether to abolish the city’s income tax. One reader insists that the city’s ongoing re-assessment of property values will…

Pension health care cut underscores bigger issue

As the saying goes, elections have consequences. Case in point: Hamtramck’s ever-fragile financial position. When former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder was voted into office over eight years ago, one of…

Election results come as a surprise for many

Hamtramck’s political winds have once again shifted. The city council has lost three incumbents councilmembers. In the August Primary Election, two incumbents, Anam Miah and Abu Musa, were knocked out…

Poletown closing comes with a stiff financial setback for city

Last week we reported some good news/bad news about the GM Poletown plant. The good: The plant will remain open. The bad: It will be shut down for as long…