Tuesday, January 26, 2010

CARTOONS of the WEEK: Help for Haiti and an Auto Show Sweep for Ford

The News-Herald - January 20
School children throughout the metro area, including Downriver, were moved to help the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. News-Herald editor Karl Ziomek agreed that highlighting their efforts, and the spirit in which they were made, was an appropriate tribute to the generosity of Downriver kids.
The Press & Guide - January 20
Ford scored a sweep of both Car of the Year and Truck of the Year at the 2010 North American International Auto Show. The wins validated the quality of "American made" and provided a much-needed lift to its headquarters hometown community of Dearborn, and to the whole metro Detroit area. Press & Guide editor Tim Powers agreed that a cartoon celebrating it was in order.
That's the Point!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

CARTOON of the WEEK: Things are 'Electric' at the Detroit Auto Show

Crain's Detroit Business - January 18
The North American International Auto Show always gets the New Year off to a great start for us metro Detroiters (well, maybe not last year ...). The 2010 edition features "Electric Avenue" - a showcase of electric vehicles that are road-read, and the "EcoXperience," a landscaped road coarse in the basement of Cobo Center that allows NAIAS visitors to ride in some of the electric vehicles on display upstairs. I took the EcoXperience during Press Days and found the landscaping distracting - I would have rather just had a straight-away (without the trees and waterfalls) where I could have just opened up a few of those electrics!
That's the Point!

Off the Drawing Board: Another idea I offered my editors at Crain's Detroit Business for the January 18 edition was this one. I was fuming over the news story about NFL players worrying about a lockout in 2011, and their potential "labor woes," when there are thousands of union workers on layoff throughout the metro Detroit area struggling to make mortgage payments and feed their families. Those, dear readers, are real woes!

Monday, January 11, 2010

CARTOONS of the WEEK: Icy Roads - Hold the Salt, and Tax Dollars Down the Drain?

The News-Herald - January 6
Just as the snow and ice arrive MDOT runs short of funds to deal with the season onslaught. That leaves us slipping, sliding, and colliding; and cursing another manifestation of the Michigan "budget crunch!"
The Press & Guide - January 6
There are a lot of technical aspects to the proposed hybrid sewer system in Dearborn, but Press & Guide Editor Tim Powers and I agreed - to the taxpayers, it's all about the money!
That's the Point!