It's still pretty amazing to see what the folks in Detroit are looking at in the near term. We were once at the same level of denial they are at today. Take what the Detroit News printed as a letter to the editor earlier in the week. Major papers go to an effort to verify the letters they choose to publish..... or at least they used to. I will take it for granted that a letter in the Detroit News earlier in the week was sincere and legitimate, hard as that is to believe. A reader from California (a Detroit diasporan possibly?) wrote:
"...Although I live several thousand miles away, I wanted to let the people of Detroit and Michigan know you are not alone and that you are in my hopes and prayers. Every time I get into my PT Cruiser, I say a thank you to the people who designed and made such a fun and functional car. "I really must be missing something? Mona Mondieu might would have more productive suggestions for the big three.
Just on the topic of letters to the editor. The Cleveland Plain Dealer had one yesterday titled: Will Cleveland ever beat Pittsburgh? with this quote:
"First, The Plain Dealer prints articles outlining the dynamic turnaround in the economy of Pittsburgh. Then the Browns lose their eighth straight game to the Steelers, and Bill Cowher puts a stop to any talk of his returning to Cleveland to coach the Browns (he was the town's top choice). And finally, the purchase of National City Bank by PNC Financial Services is completed."It's not limited to football and banking. The letter does not mention Howard Hanna's recent purchase of Smythe, Cramer Co, one of Ohio's oldest and largest real estate firms. The first online comment there points out how Iggle-creep is encroaching on Cleveland as well. It all raises an almost metaphysical question. Even if your mailing address is Shaker Heights, if you shop at Giant Eagle, bank at PNC, and (assuming it's a playoff weekend) are watching the Steelers on TV... are you not living in Pittsburgh? Beyond all of that, what is remarkable is how fast Cleveland has acquired uniquely Pittsburgh levels of pessimism and self-doubt.