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July 23, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Detroit’s financial collapse

Seattleites did not help

The sun sets on Detroit, Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Thursday. [AP Photo/Paul Sancya]

The sun sets on Detroit, Thursday, July 18, 2013. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge for permission to place Detroit into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection Thursday. [AP Photo/Paul Sancya]

As a native of Detroit, I am appalled at how many Seattle residents will protest in favor of fair-trade coffee, yet drive Subaru Outbacks and other foreign cars. [“Auto missteps, racial strife helped push Detroit off cliff,” News, July 22.]

The effects of Boeing slowdowns in the 1980s and the outcry over moving management to Chicago are cut from the same cloth, yet problems in Michigan are viewed with, apathy at best and, at worst, contempt.

The domestic automakers fund cultural institutions and magnificent museums, if one would take the time to notice. It just seems that Detroit is passé in Seattle’s eyes.

Remember, there but for fortune …

Andrew Marshall, Seattle

Capitalism failed the city

The failure of the auto industry in Detroit is an indictment of a capitalism that treats both workers and cities as dispensable.

The purpose of a business is to survive and make jobs for workers. The Detroit auto industry failed to do either. Instead, it relied on massive government bailouts.

The failure of Detroit is the failure of American capitalism.

William DuBay, Poulsbo

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