Don’t Let Detroit’s Revival Rest on an Injustice – By BERNADETTE ATUAHENE – NYT

“Between 2011 and 2015, one in four properties in Detroit was foreclosed on because the owners owed property tax. The city has one of the highest property tax foreclosure rates since the Great Depression. More troubling, this is a result of illegal property tax assessments and inflated property tax bills that many Detroit homeowners canot pay.”

“Michigan’s Constitution, legislation and case law clearly state that properties cannot be assessed at more than 50 percent of their market value. But the findings of a study I recently wrote with a colleague, Timothy Hodge, show that between 2009 and 2015, the city assessed as many as 85 percent of Detroit homes at rates that violated Michigan law. We also found that Detroit subjected lower-valued homes to unconstitutional assessments more frequently than higher-valued homes.”

 

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Mizzou, Yale and Free Speech On university campuses, First Amendment rights are colliding with inclusivity. nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

Saint Nicholas: “Yes, universities should work harder to be inclusive. And, yes, campuses must assure free expression, which means protecting dissonant and unwelcome voices that sometimes leave other people feeling aggrieved or wounded.

On both counts we fall far short.

We’ve also seen Wesleyan students debate cutting funding for the student newspaper after it ran an op-ed criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement. At Mount Holyoke, students canceled a production of “The Vagina Monologues” because they felt it excluded transgender women. Protests led to the withdrawal of Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker at Rutgers and Christine Lagarde at Smith.

This is sensitivity but also intolerance, and it is disproportionately an instinct on the left.”

On university campuses, First Amendment rights are colliding with inclusivity.
nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China – The New York Times

Is this a case only of incompetence and racism by the Justice Department,  and heavy handedness by the FBI, or is there a side issue of underfunding? I hope
Temple University now has the guts to stand by their scientist.

“WASHINGTON — When the Justice Department arrested the chairman of Temple University’s physics department this spring and accused him of sharing sensitive American-made technology with China, prosecutors had what seemed like a damning piece of evidence: schematics of sophisticated laboratory equipment sent by the professor, Xi Xiaoxing, to scientists in China.The schematics, prosecutors said, revealed the design of a device known as a pocket heater. The equipment is used in superconductor research, and Dr. Xi had signed an agreement promising to keep its design a secret.But months later, long after federal agents had led Dr. Xi away in handcuffs, independent experts discovered something wrong with the evidence at the heart of the Justice Department’s case: The blueprints were not for a pocket heater.”

Source: U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China – The New York Times