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Economic reality calls for serious concessions

City officials heard some sobering financial news last Thursday. And it looks like Hamtramck is heading for tough financial times in the years ahead. According to City Manager Bill Cooper,…

In city hall, don’t dare to agree on anything

Imagine a group of elected officials getting along and generally agreeing on issues and voting the same way. In most cities this would be welcomed. But not in Hamtramck. Well,…

Donate your used books for a good cause

By Sean Shadaia Recycled Knowledge Books cares about literacy and wants to help educate Hamtramck’s youth. By donating your used, old and unwanted textbooks, cookbooks, novels, magazines and comics, you…

Americans stand united despite acts of violence

The Bangladeshi American Democratic Caucus (BADC) condemns the deadly shootings at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas on Thursday, Nov. 5. BADC finds this tragic shooting an act of…

Editorial: GM Tax Break will Bankrupt Communities

Last week we reported that GM is seeking an 80 percent reduction on the property taxes it pays on the Poletown Plant. Hamtramck receives about $2 million a year from…

Editorial: Surveillance Cameras are Worth the Price

Does the addition of surveillance cameras on Jos. Campau mean the end of crime? Hardly. But they are worth the purchase that City Council approved last week. Four cameras will…

Editorial: Time to Snuff Out Smoking in Public Housing

The federal housing agency, HUD, has been floating the idea of banning smoking inside the apartments they subsidize. It may seem like an intrusive move, but there is a sound…

Editorial: Send a Letter to the Post Office: Keep the Hamtramck Branch Open

Since our story last week about a rumor that the Hamtramck Post Office branch is slated to be closed, we’ve been approached by a postal carrier. The carrier asked to…

Editorial: Census Count Will Take the Effort of the Entire City

Hamtramck officials are on the right path in making sure our city receives an accurate population count during next year’s decentennial Census. Local preparations for the once-every-10-year national population count…

One man’s trash is still, well, everyone’s trash

Handbills52909 Since Last November, Richard Lee Sparks has been collecting those yellow bags you get on your porch every week. As of now, he has a whole garbage can filled…