LETTERS: Crain is wrong on Moroun

Crain’s Detroit Business

Editor:

Keith Crain’s defense of Matty Moroun is embarrassing (“Am I only one outraged by judge’s act? Jan. 16).

You wrote: “(Moroun) has been fighting this battle alone, probably for his own gain. But I don’t care.” That’s how we got into this mess. Moroun does not care; not about his company’s agreements with the state, not about the citizens living with the excessive traffic his actions have sent into their neighborhoods, and certainly not about warnings from Judge Prentis Edwards that he start obeying court orders.

You suggest sending this issue to federal court. Great, another delaying tactic, in line with Moroun’s strategy. You call this “class warfare” without explaining what the heck that means. You rail that Judge Edwards violated Moroun’s civil liberties by sending him to jail. In case you hadn’t heard, Moroun violated the judge’s rulings. He was in contempt of court. Something had to be done to stop Moroun from acting with contempt toward the state of Michigan, the people of Detroit and the Wayne County Circuit Court.

So, no, in answer to your editorial’s headline, I am not outraged by the judge’s act. I am outraged that you would come to the defense of a 21st century robber baron.

James Kenyon
Director of marketing
Visiting Angels
Detroit

“A greedy old man’

Editor:

In most cases you are the voice of reason in a town replete with turmoil and charlatans and I always welcome your columns. Au contraire on (your Jan. 16) column (“Am I only one outraged by judge’s act?”).

When a person adversely impacts a whole neighborhood (bridge ramps) and allows the deterioration of a landmark (Michigan Central Station) and is constantly warned to take some action to make improvements, there are a limited number of steps one can take to rectify the situation.

Matty Moroun has thumbed his nose at the community for years, and the only way to get his attention is to incarcerate him. He is nothing but a greedy old man. And his ordering meals from the Detroit Athletic Club because of supposed health issues and resigning from the company at the last minute to avoid jail was the ultimate thumb in our nose. Frankly, if I were the judge I would have locked him up in Michigan Central Station.

You will find few people who agree with your position on this.

Bill Kalmar
Lake Orion

Arrogance outrageous

Editor:

Yes, I am outraged. I am outraged by Matty Moroun’s arrogance.

I am outraged by a person who is so wealthy and out of touch that he thinks he can do anything, including disregarding MDOT and prior court actions.

I am outraged at the bridge entrance construction project being delayed for years.

I am mostly outraged by the constant mail I get (seemingly from a nonprofit, what a joke) encouraging me to throw out my state representative if he votes for a new Detroit-Windsor bridge (that we need).

Larry Wilkinson
Brighton