Love Notes

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sworn in for his second term today at the Fox Theatre.

Speaking to a crowd of 5,000, Kilpatrick’s inaugural speech focused on the central principle of “Detroit Love”. The theme, chosen by first lady Carlita Kilpatrick, aims to strengthen the Metro Detroit community and build resident morale.

Kilpatrick called on suburbanites and city-dwellers alike to embrace the city of Detroit and appreciate it.

12 Comments so far

  1. Pedropus (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

    I was just talking to a DFD-EMS worker who said the inaugaration festivities will cost about $100K. Small change. That’s just the salaries for two full time cops of firefighters.

  2. baliad (unregistered) on January 5th, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    can i point my finger at someone who buys a cup of coffee everday??? it costs less than $1 a day to change a kid’s life in Africa, but they’re wasting it on an unnecessary beverage…

  3. MGal (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 8:01 am

    I don’t know Baliad. Depends on where you buy the coffee – some companies have very strong social responsibility programs that donate a percentage of their profits back to charity (environmental, human rights, etc).

    Back to the Detroit LOVE theme, I didn’t watch or read any of the hoopla. I am very interested though in what our new City Clerk can do to turn voting around in Detroit.

  4. baliad (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 9:01 am

    it’s not about the coffee or whether or not the coffee they buy gives to charity… my point is, everyone spends frivolously… we’re so quick to point out a public figure’s faults, but never acknowledge our own… we say, “Kwame had a celebration, but that money could have gone towards giving 2 cops a job”… but we never say, “I bought a cup of coffee [or a Big Mac or a t-shirt or whatever], but that money could have gone towards charity”… pretty much everyone in America spends frivolously in some way or another… myself included…

  5. Jeppy (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 9:27 am

    Baliad: You make a valid point. And spending less money on frivolous items would help us as well as others.

    But the valuation of charity soley by monetary factors is insufficient. There are many different forms of giving. If we donate our time; experience; and talents — those can be a more effective than de-tasking Melissa’s $14 a day coffee habit…

    Tutors are desperately needed to students in Detroit public schools (following the links… if these kids grow up and out of the school system unable to read and think, then another rotten layer has been laid upon us all)

    The writing that we do here (while my own is perhaps of lesser worth) is still donated time which is informative, and entertaining for many who would not otherwise know about worthy causes, or cultural opportunities in our city.

    There’s lots that we can do, and do-do (doo-doo?) – in ADDITION to financial charity.

  6. baliad (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 9:49 am

    jeff… i agree with you WHOLEHEARTEDLY… there’s a lot that we can do and do do… but there’s also a lot that we can not do… i don’t care about people buying coffee… but i do care about things (finger-pointing) that work against forward progress…

  7. MGal (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 10:11 am

    I think Pedropus’ comment was taken a little out a context too. He was pointing out that the amount spent this time around was relatively small. The reference to the salaries was to put it in perspective.

    (Or not, with Pedropus I never know how to take him)

  8. max (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    doesn’t anyone find it odd that the one in charge (supposedly) apparently couldn’t think up a “theme” for his next four. i just imagine him sitting there scratching his head and yelling “honey…have any idea what i can talk about that will set the tone for the future? i’ve got nothing…” you’d think that as mayor the message, wether verbalized or not would always be how much he loves his city and wants the residents to follow that lead. instead he makes it sound like, since this is the NEW message that he didn’t care during the previous term.

  9. baliad (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    my apologies if i read pedropus’ comments out of context…

  10. (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

    I didn’t take Pedropus’ comment any different than Baliad did. His use of “small change” sounded like sarcasm to me.

    Either way, Pedropus and Baliad just have differing views, which is fine. Actually, it’s great – great that we live in a society where we can all state our independent views freely and without malice.

    Cheers to everyone on this post for doing just that and creating a good debate.

  11. (unregistered) on January 6th, 2006 @ 3:11 pm

    On another note, does anyone know what was spent on Kilpatrick’s first inauguration? I am not asking to make anyone mad; I am just curious and don’t have time to look it up.

  12. lance (unregistered) on January 7th, 2006 @ 6:59 am

    It was a good speech, I have to admit. But if he had actually written it himself, or had a hint in sincerity in it I might actually accept him. But that’s not the case.

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