Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DETROIT POLICE...BILLIONAIRES...PUBLIC SAFETY - NOW

I have sent the below email to numerous media outlets and Legislatures, Mayor and City Council with NO RESPONSE...Why ???? Is asking Billionaires to pay to protect their 'sports' palaces and the public - not worth a discussion. Is asking the millions of Suburbanites who frequent these 'sports' palaces too much considering that they were financed, in part, with Detroit tax payer dollars ($$$$$$ millions of them.

Email: The Legislature needs to allow Detroit to add a $2.00 surcharge to every entertainment ticket sold for a Detroit venue - CoMerica Park, the Fox Theater, Ford Field, State Theater, Music Hall, and the new Ilitch Ice (Red Wing) etc...with those funds dedicated to hiring new police officers, with higher hiring standards (2 -4 yrs of college / military) and better training....too long has Ilitch and Ford and others taken advantage of Detroit tax payers and the Detroit Police Department by not paying for their services - which is down in every other major city, just do it..

Detroit Police had 854 police officers = DOWNTOWN - during the Fireworks....later, a woman had her home broken into, in broad daylight, and it took DPD Officers - four and a half (4 1/2) hours to respond, saying they had 12 priority runs stacked up.

Detroit Police has a documented staff shortage, I suggested that DPD needed 1,000 new officers (that was a long time ago) and Chief James Craig says he needs 1,500 new officers. DPD is NOT properly protecting the residents of Detroit - because - THEY CAN'T.... and the situation will get worse with the opening of the new Ilitch Red Wing 'sports' palace, which will include many internationally known musical artist performing there, adding to the need for more DPD Officers - where are they coming from???

DPD cannot properly hire and retain police officers, because of low pay and benefits - many graduate the Academy and immediately turn in their badges for Suburban police badges, whee the pay and benefits are so much better.

So Governor Snyder, Michigan Legislators, Mayor Duggan and Detroit City Council - it is up to you to find the funding for the Detroit Police Department in Lansing, Washington, Troy, Southfield, W Bloomfield, Birmingham - wherever the money is DPD needs it for PUBIC SAFETY, how many murders will have to occur of Suburbanites before they act.

DEMOCRATS NEED LEADERS AND A PLAN...TO WIN NOW.... 2017

DEMOCRATS - FIND A LEADER / PLATFORM....

A popular saying is going around:
Democrats have 70 year old members and 80 year old leaders.

It's would be funny if not true...Democrats who had to oppose the withering opposition of Republicans, who HATED everything President Obama, said or did --- have now got to suffer having Donald Trump, as the Republican President presiding with a Republican Congress and soon maybe, a Supreme Court.

But what has been the Democratic response - nothing, just talk, oppose and do nothing - When they should be finding a new Leader, younger leadership, and developing a Health Care initiative to fix 'Obamacare', to counter the morass that Republicans have been sucked into.

Democrats need to develop a 'tax reform' program that is an alternative to 'tax breaks for the rich', They need to set an spending agenda and the tax structure to support it and a path to fiscal responsibility.

Democrats need to show Why 'climate change' matters to blue collar, middle class people, who need to make a living now - and can wait out dramatic climate change long in the future.

Democrats must fight 'gerrymandering' in every State, to make sure that everyone VOTE counts, not just in 'safe' districts. They need to make it fair to Democrats and Republicans and Independents so that anyone can win and election based on their plans and policies - not their Party.
Democrats must admit - they lost - and need to rebuild the Party.. The Republicans held a 'coming to Jesus' meeting to expand their Party, they didn't follow the plan, but won anyway.

Democrats have a chance to reverse the horrendous losses, but they must start NOW and work to bring people together with solid plans and programs to bring American together.

Health Care, Taxes, foreign, social and environmental policies must be formed and supported and presented to the American people - so that the see the difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Monday, May 1, 2017

DETROIT POLICE OFFICER SAFETY....NINE SHOT AND / OR KILLED


Partial list - DPOA - Tuebor - April 2017
Detroit Police Officer Safety.....

Nine officers shot or killed since September !!!! Are Detroit Police Officers - Safe ????

For years now, I have said that DPD is at least 1,000 police officers understaffed, Chief Craig says he wants 1,500. DPD is losing police officers at a rapid rate due to low pay and benefits. I have said that the Mayor and Chief should go to Lansing and Washington to get State and Federal Grant money to pay for new officers, better training and better equipment. We have a President Trump that talks tough but provides nothing to aid police departments.

Mark Diaz, President of the DPOA (Detroit Police Officers Association) writes in the Tuebor (DPOA Newspaper) "By stripping retiree healthcare from Detroit's retired heroes the exodus from the DPD is like nothing I've seen before. With the bulk of our membership having between 15 and 20 years of service, the only option for us is to seek employment elsewhere so we can have some semblance of health insurance in our golden years.....The average police pension is a meager $25,000 a year....DPD officers seek employment elsewhere leaving a sparsely staffed PD in their wake..." (April 2017)

I was told at a recent LSA meeting that Academy grads are turning in their badges, having been trained and certified, as they leave the stage and / or the next day, so they can work for other police departments, in safer areas for better pay and benefits. DPD is losing about 25 officers a month - how many are in the Academy and how many are graduating ?

Can a DPD officer feel safe - when calling for assistance or back up, when low staffing is causing problems on all shifts. We see a multitude of police cars at a police officer shooting, as there should be, but what about in normal times, what about when a homIcide occurs and shift cars are called to respond - who takes the 911 calls.

With increased special events, baseball, football, hockey, basketball events and more people coming downtown - How many officers must be assigned downtown, uptown and Corktown and who is going to pay for the police protection - the Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons, all owned by BILLIONAIRES, who have taken hundreds of millions of dollars - $$$$$$$$ for their sports palaces and developments, while DPD retirees have NO health care and police officers are low paid.

In the 80's I asked for reflective traffic safety vests for officers - I was hit by a car, on duty, in 1991 - do all DPD officers have a simple safety vest to wear at accidents scenes or in the night ???? The City must honor its responsibilities to the Duty Disabled Officers - Mayor Duggan is NOT.

George Hunter, of the Detroit News, documented for all to see the low manpower numbers - What has been done to increase the number of police officers ??? Has the Mayor / Chief forged an agreement for Ford, Ilitch, Gores, Gilbert and others to pay for new officers to protect their palaces and events ????

Detroit Police Officers need higher pay and better health and retirement benefits - NOW - the Mayor, the Chief know it !!!! This can't wait... Officers need to know they have back up and assistance when its needed and the people of Detroit need to be better protected - and can't be and are not - because of low police manpower.

To honor those Detroit Police Offices that have been killed or injured in the line of duty - the City must commit to their safety and public safety.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MSNS Convention & Coin Show, April 7 - 9th


Do you want or collect foreign coins or want yours appraised...then go to the Michigan State Numismatic Association Spring Convention and Coin Show, Friday, April 7 - Sunday, April 9th, at Macomb Community College (South) Campus (building P). MSNS will feature nationally known coin collectors at seminars, and a Young Numismatic Program that will educate, amaze and give your coin collectors - collectible coins, and other numismatic items that will help them appreciate coin collecting (Saturday, April 8 at 11:30 am - 12:45 pm, in the Macomb Room. Everyone is welcome, with free admission (photo ID required), free parking, and food will be available. So bring the whole family....and your coins if you want them appraised - free.
photo credit: David Malhalab MNS Photo / M News Service (fb)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

FREE GUN LOCKS - OPEN CARRY (MICHIGAN) ANOTHER CHILD VICTIM OF GUN

Click here: Governor.... Please ...VETO.... the Gun Lock Bill, that gives gun / rifle buy...

Michigan should not give tax breaks for gun locks....It should MANDATE that all purchases of guns / rifles / assault weapons come with a FREE gun lock...that way there is NO question that a gun lock came with the weapon and should have been used...

To many children have been killed and injured by careless disregard for gun safety....It needs to end...and the Michigan Legislature must do it now...

Also the Open Carry Law must be abolished....abolished...there is NO constitutional right to Open Carry, which is a clear and present danger to the public and law enforcement officers...(Dearborn incident etc....)

Police Chiefs and County Sheriffs must speak as one to condemn Open Carry and to get the Michigan Legislature to take action to abolish Open Carry in Michigan...a movement the must become a National Issue.

David Malhalab
Sgt DPD Retired DD

Friday, March 24, 2017

TRUMP- RYAN HEALTH CARE BILL - DEAD ....BOTH LOSERS

Trump-Ryan Health Care bill - Withdrawn, MAJOR DEFEAT (updated))
The Trump-Ryan Health Care bill has been pulled from a vote in the House of Representatives at the request of President Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. It is a Dead Bill - now.

Trump and Republicans had campaigned for over seven (7) years to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the House took over 60+ formal votes to repeal the ACA and claim that the could do better - but the TRUTH is the Republicans had NO Health Care Plan and in just over 20 days tried to ram through their cobbled together bill that could not please or get enough votes within the Presidents own Republican Party - that the Republican Party is fractured and unable to do what is right for the American People, let alone for its own Party.

Trump cannot govern - His administration is mired in a Russian scandal, his choice of Cabinet members are weak, inexperienced Carson, Perry, DeVos, Scott, etc) and can't move their agencies forward to help the American people. He can't get his legislative agenda moving forward.

PS..President Trump held a press conference at the White House after he requested that the Trump-Ryan Health Care bill be pulled from a vote and he showed - just how "out of touch' and ignorant he is about being the President of the United States.

He blamed the House Democrats for not being able to pass the TRHC Act, ignoring the fact that he didn't need one Democratic vote and the fact that he - Trump, the great deal maker, couldn't get enough House Republican, his own Party, votes to pass the bill. He was defeated by the House Freedom Caucus who stood firm against him and he lost moderate Republicans on a bill that was created without public iinput or a majority Republican input, a bill created behind closed and locked doors.