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A special thanks to our vets

This is a little late but the acknowledgment of the participation on Memorial Day is in order. Ceremonies were attended by Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski and most of the City…

If we all pull together, Hamtramck’s festival can be saved

If we all pull together, Hamtramck’s festival can be saved

Maybe last week we rushed too quickly to say that this year’s Hamtramck Labor Day Festival should be canceled since the city had to lay off its special events coordinator.…

Historical museum will enrich the community in many ways

On behalf of People’s Community Services, I would like to express our support for the development of a Hamtramck Historical Museum. Hamtramck is a small city but it is a…

Hip Hip, Hooray! for Hamtramck’s grandstands

Thank you very much for your story on the history of the grandstands at Veterans Park. Baseball historian Gary Gillette brought up very significant incentives in the potential preservation of…

City should have committed to festival months ago

City should have committed to festival months ago

We hate to be party poopers, but it looks like trying to organize this year’s Hamtramck Labor Day Festival is a bust. At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, a lengthy debate…

No matter how you look at it, there are few choices for city employees

No matter how you look at it, there are few choices for city employees

There’s been a lot of talk about city budgets in the news lately. Many communities are asking their unionized employees – including police officers and firefighters – to take temporary…

Council four made a reckless financial decision

Council four made a reckless financial decision

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, a majority of councilmembers decided to commit financial suicide. Councilmembers Tom Jankowski, Cathie Gordon, Kazi Miah and Mohammed Hassan refused to step up and make…

For some councilmembers, they need to focus on job at hand, not higher office

Between 2005, when the new city charter was implemented, and 2009, the City Council and the mayor, working with the city manager, adopted four balanced budgets. Those budgets realistically spent…

Elected leaders would rather see Hamtramck die than dare raise taxes

Elected leaders would rather see Hamtramck die than dare raise taxes

No one likes to hear about raising taxes. But not all tax increases are equal. Take the case of Hamtramck where the City Council has the option of raising property…

Let’s keep shining a light on local government

Recently, we had a chat with Hamtramck City Manager Bill Cooper who gave us an interesting tip. There is pending legislation in the Michigan House in which local governments would…