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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

THE WORLD NEEDS MORE MEN LIKE DETROIT’S MAYOR—DAVE BING

I remember listening to Dave Bing play ball on the radio….I may have seen Dave Bing on the basketball court.  I remember reading about Dave Bing in my sports magazines, and admiring his skill….but I didn’t admire him nearly as much back then, and certainly for nothing as important, as I do today.
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Why did Dave Bing run for mayor of Detroit? Cassaundra says simply, “He felt he had to.”....Yes, people know Detroit is in bad shape ... but what do they really know? Do they know that the graduation rate for African-Americans in the Detroit Public School district is 20%? Do they know that the unemployment rate in the city was recently measured at 27%—and that by some estimates the actual number may be 20 to 25 percentage points higher? Do they know that the turnout in the May 5 special election to replace Kilpatrick, in which Bing first won the mayoralty, was only 15%?

Then there is the city’s deficit, estimated to be approximately $325 million. And the city’s median income, which in 2008 was $28,730—the lowest of any major city in the country.

Are you having fun yet, Mr. Mayor?

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Dave Bing is a multi-millionaire businessman and an ex-All Star basketball player.
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Dave Bing is 67 years old…...

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Posted by Earl on 01/19 at 11:38 PM
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