A study in contrasts

The editorials on past Detroit City council members Maryann Mahaffey and Keith Butler were a study in contrasts. While Mahaffey left a legacy of inclusion and vision that all Detroiters can be proud of, Butler's legacy is none other than to use race and religion to appeal to Detroiters in his divisive Senate quest. Mahaffey's years of service demonstrated that much more could be accomplished in government without resorting to such base appeals. She understood the need for separation of church and state and suffered no fools who played the race and religion card. Without preaching morality, her ethical behavior is a model that Detroit politicians could learn from, especially in a city with too much preaching and too little teaching.

Robert P. Thibodeau


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