Scott Martelle is wrong when he says the "problem in Detroit is not the people in charge." In fact, that is exactly the problem.
As one who was born, went to college and then worked in Detroit, I can tell you the city's key problem is not jobs, the auto industry, crime or "white flight." Rather, these are symptoms of a citizenry that for two generations elected an uncaring, bellicose, anti-business, foul-mouthed mayor (Coleman Young for five terms), a well-meaning but incompetent mayor (Dennis Archer) and perhaps the most crooked mayor in recent American history, Kwame Kilpatrick.
If my beloved hometown must serve as a cautionary tale, it is for us to look at our own elections and vote with our heads.