Thursday, April 30, 2015

MICHIGAN PROPOSAL 1 - ROADS - VOTE NO NO NO

Michigan Roads - Proposal 1 - Vote NO NO NO.... Update

L Brook Patterson, Oakland County Executive, said on the WXYX Chl 7 News that Proposal 1 - "is a TRAIN ROBBERY" by insurance companiews who want to get their hands on the $20b Catastrophic Insurance Fund for 'their nefarious purposes'. So Tuesday - Vote NO...NO ...NO... to bad governance.

Michigan residents should not reward bad governance by voting to apporve Proposal 1 - a convaluted proposal to fix Michigan roads, which are a disgrace and dangerous.

Republican policies in Michigan and across this country are anti-middle class, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-minorities, anti-GLBT and their anti-President Obama statements, actions and rhetoric have weakend America around the world - Republicans have done this - not President Obama.

For six years, and as the Tea Party movement has grown, good governance by Republicans has disappeared and and so has their common sense and decency - good thinking Republicans have been shunted aside, in favor of, strident ignorant voices who appeal to the base fears and prejuidices of people.

Michigan residents must reject Propoasal 1 and demand a long term comprehensive proposal to fix the roads, bridges, sewers, power grid, and to protect our water resources. This will cost billions of dollars not $1.2 billion, but a continuing spending of tax dollars to protect us into the future and we must not wait !!!!
Now - threats !!! US Sen Carl Levin is implying in TV spots that if Proposal 1 - isn't passed - that cuts to schools and public safety will have to be made...

Lies: That Proposal 1 will mean that 'quality control' measures will be instituted to make road and bridge builders pay for failed roads and bridges - but Michigan has for the past 13 years had such provisions - but Mi Dept of Transportation has never forced a road builder to make repairs, letting the taxpayer pay and pay.

Monday, March 16, 2015

OPEN CARRY GUN LAWS - NEED REFORM, MICHIGAN

Letter to the Editor

Open Carry Laws, in Michigan, and other states, are a 'clear and present danger' to the general public and law enforcement officers..Persons who 'open carry' frighten the public and the law doesn't allow law enforcement officers to properly investigate that person, so neither the public nor the law enforcement officer knows the clear intent of that person - and wether he / she is a danger or not.

To allow 'open carry' advocates to carry a gun, rifle or other weapons into 'pistol free zones' where persons with a proper Concealed Weapons Permit cannot go, goes against all logic and concerns for the public, in this current state of anxiety over crime and terrorism.

God did not give US citizens the 'right to carry a gun' ....carrying a gun is NOT a God given right....it must be regulated for the protection of the public and law enforcement officers.
If you qualify for a CPL then you should abide by the laws and not be allowed to 'open carry'. CPL training must also be increased, to protect the licensee and the general public.

The Michigan legislature should, immediately, make reforming the 'Open Carry Laws' a priority, because of the current and past incidents that have children, teachers and the public fearful.I am one of the few, but growing law enforcement officers that have spoken out about 'open carry laws' and the need for restrictions on the purchase of handguns, military assault style weapons and toy guns.

We must make Michigan residents and all US citizens safer from gun violence and that will take standing up to the National Rifle Association. It will take legislators and congressmen courage - now is the time to add to those 'Profiles in Courage'.

Sgt Detroit Police Retired

ps: Open Carry Laws in Michigan need to be reformed....A person should not be able to Open Carry guns / rifles / assault weapons anywhere that a Concealed Weapon Permit restricts their prescence, stadiums, schools, college campuses, government buildings, bars, restaurants etc... and Toy Guns should all be colored neon colors and NOT resemble real handguns / rifles / assault weapons for public safety and law enforcement safety. Contact your State Legislator and US House and US Senate representatives and tell them to make your streets safe.

Open-carry activist speaks out after school lockdown scare
Two Michigan gun advocates tested their rights to openly carry in the most controversial of places allowed by the state — public schools.
WWW.FREEP.COM

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CUBA - USA OPEN DIPLOMATIC TIES....2014

President Obama has done what Richard Nixon did in 1972 - Nixon (the great anti-Communist) eho opened dipolmatic relations with China, in 1972...now President Obama has opened the door to diplomatic relations with Cuba, after over 50 years.

President Obama has realized that after 50 years the economic boycott of Cuba, by the US, has been a failure and that was a absolute failure and to create - change - and to create jobs in the US, diplomatic relations with Cuba, should be normalized. Now the Cuban people and Americans will soon be able to travel, and visit. The economic exchanges will provide profits to both countries. The decision was long overdue and President Obama is to be congratulated for making this happen.

There has been Republican outcries against President Obama's decision - what haven't they opposed ??? So to go forward with diplomatic, cultural and business opportunities is a good thing.

ps..Cuban President Rauol Castro has warned and advised the US that Cuba will not give up its political system because of the change - but that is for public consumption - real change is coming to Cuba, and now nothing will stop it. Mao also did the same thing to his Party.


THIS ENTRY WAS FROM 5/31/10

For over 50 years - the USA has boycotted Cuba, with a misguided policy that a boycott would bring down Fidel Castro and his regime.

Well after 50 years, by any measure this policy has been a failure - Fidel and Raul Castro remain in power and the Cuban people suffer - frozen in time.

President Obama has taken small steps - but he must declare an unilateral end to the boycott of Cuba - and Open Cuba to all Americans who wish to travel and/or reunite with family and friends. No restrictions - let American bring their dollars and voices of freedom - let the Cuban people begin to feel the freedom - even if Fidel and Raoul benefit, in the short run.

A program on CNBC (Escape from Havana:An American Story)about 14,000 children secretly flown out of Cuba in the 1960's and their stories is a compelling story of survival and of the failure of US policy.

These children now seniors - some feel Cuba must be open and that American policy, that they once supported, is wrong - and the USA must open trade and travel to Cuba.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let It Rip: Should police policy include Tasers - Fox 2 News Detroit

Let It Rip: Should police policy include Tasers - Fox 2 News Headlines CLICK TO VIEW

I was on Let it Rip, Thursday, Nov 13, 2014...concerning the use of Tasers by Police...
Please watch and leave a comment

I will be on another segment of Let it Rip, Fox 2 News Detroit (Channel 2)
                                               on Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 at 10:00 am
please watch and comment.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you all.........David

Monday, November 3, 2014

DEATH WITH DIGNITY...MICHIGAN NEEDS TO ADOPT THE LAW

http://public.health.oregon.gov/ProviderPartnerResources/EvaluationResearch/DeathwithDignityAct/Pages/index.aspx

CLICK ON ABOVE LINES.....

I have long supported a 'Death with Dignity' Law...now more than ever - Michigan should adopt a Law similar to the Orgegon Law, that allows a terminally ill person to die with dignity - to have a physican assisted death, that is in accordance with the persons wishes.

NO longer should a person or families be forced to watch a loved one die a gruesome, undignifed death.
Families should have a discussion with all members about how they want to die - and put it into a will / legan documnt, so that everyone knows the persons wishes, to die with dignity, and not have their life prolonged and that they suffer needlessly.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Michigan State Police - Detroit Police - Wrong: Education & Pay

Michigan State Police and Detroit Police Department - WRONG - Education - (Pay)

MSP and DPD require only a General Education Degree (GED) for hiring - in a job that is very stressful, dangerous and may require a person to make a split second decision that will face review, civilly, criminally and departmentally, and their members deal daily with the public - a low educational requirement - is WRONG, for the Departments and the public, which is demanding better police services.

I have spoken out about the need for Detroit PD to raise its hiring standards, this is the 21st Century...and DPD is trying to maintain a 'best practices' and professional police department and a GED requirement should have been dropped during the DOJ Consent Decree process (and so should MSP). DPD and MSP should have a two year minimum college requirement ( really four years) or a two year military experience requirement, raising the educational levels shows the members and the public that their departments demand more of them.
Colleges now require two and four year degrees to be hired into their police / public safety departments and now MSP and DPD should too.

DetroitPD starting pay is $29.300. and MSP starts troopers at $45,000 ($1,700 a month during training)...So DPD must under the Reorganization Plan raise its hiring standards and PAY, to maintain a professional department and MSP / DPD should raise its hiring standards to meet the requirements of state colleges.
ps: DPD under its new contract - still not signed - pays starting DPD officers only $14.25 an hour and they are required to contribute 8% of their pay to their pensions - effectively reducing their take home pay. Will some DPD members qualify for state welfare payments ????????????

DPD officers can effectively make more take home money, working a liquor store, or other off duty jobs. DPD officers can after training move onto suburban or out of state police departments and make substancially more money and with better benefits, recruiting efforts by out of state departments has always been a problem for the DPD. Burger King, McDonalds, Rally applicants may now flock to DPD recruiting with their GEDs in hand, hoping to be a DPD officer.
note: this should not discourage minority applicants but would require a different recruiting effort to find the 'best and brightest' applicants among those in college or the military.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MIKE ILITCH FAILS DETRIOT / YOUTH - CURSED...

Detroit Tiger Stadium vs. Utica (Mi) Baseball Stadium...Detroit Taxpayers Lost
....also Ilitch fails Detroit youth - they need baseball fields in Rouge Park - now.

Mike Ilitch, owner of the Detroit Tigers, and Red Wings, along with George Jackson, former head of the DEGC, should be condemned and investigated for allowing historic Detroit Tiger Stadium to be demolished and Ilitch for taking Detroit tax dollars for the security and maintenance of the Stadium and then failing to fufill the agreements with the City.

Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Tigers are cursed - and will NOT win the World Series in Ilitch's lifetime, because he helped with the 'demolition by neglect' (documentary film - Stranded at the Corner -).

Utica is getting what Ilitch and Jackson could have achieved with Tiger Stadium, a revenue producing stadium to host minor league baseball and other activities. Detroit Tiger Stadium could have been configured to host a minor league team, Wayne State Universtiy baseball, local high school championship games and other activities that could have been a revenue stream for the City. Detroit Tiger Stadium could have been a visitors mecca, (like Fenway Park, Comiskey Park) with a Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Ernie Harwell's sports memorabilia, and more - but all attempts to save Tiger Stadium were meant with contempt by Jackson (Ilitch) and blocked.

The FBI should reopen or start and investigation of Ilitch and Jackson, so that Detroit residents and baseball fans, know the TRUTH about the 'demolition by neglect' that left Detroit without a viable revenue stream and a historic stadium torn down.

Ps: Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Tiger players have failed Detroit youth by not constructing and maintaining enough baseball fields in Detroit and throughout Rouge Park...no wonder there are so few black major league players.

Utica announces $8M-$10M, 2,500-seat semipro baseball development DETROIT FREE PRESS...STORY