The Free Press’ second-day story on the near-fisticuffs at Detroit City Council is thorough, and a wider look at what’s apparently a problem not limited to the Motor City. In nearby Warren,
…it has not been unusual for council members to clip their nails, eat potato chips, read the newspaper or tap their pencils loudly when a colleague they didn’t support was speaking. …The council meetings are so infamous that former Warren residents who have moved to Florida or the Upper Peninsula have been known to request video copies of the council meetings.
Just a thought, though: The problem isn’t helped by locals who comment enthusiastically on how entertaining this all is. On the other hand, having covered council meetings and prayed for anything more exciting than the sound of the rubber stamp to happen, I must say, I empathize.