Straight Talk

People say the darndest things, the funniest things, and even some really eloquent things. For people who like wordplay, or are amused by quotations, this is fun stuff.  Every week I’ll scavange the best Detroit-themed quotations. From making budget “soup” to “disgusting” bus rides, there’s something for everyone. Straight talk. Just quotes. Verbatim. 

“Our job is to educate children, and by the same token, we’re going to close some more schools.”

-Detroit Pubic School’s Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts on shrinking DPS to match population.


“You’re here because you made a bargain with the government.”

-Bobby Ferguson’s lawyer Gerald Evelyn to Ferguson contactor Brian Dodds during testimony after plea deal.


“It’s making soup. It’s good stuff.”

-Governor Rick Snyder on state budgetting


“Mitt Romney is gonna open up a can of whopass.”

-Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on his prediction for 2012 election


“I was not aware of any suspension of license due to change of address.”

-Pastor Marvin Winans on why he was driving with a suspended license


“People are disgusted with bus service.”

-Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh describing DDOT busses



“I have not done anything wrong.”

-Wayne County executive Robert Ficano regarding Wayne County corruption scandal


“It’s going to take more than campaign promises and stirring speeches to move transit forward.”

-Executive Director of Transit Riders United (TRU), Megan Owens, to crowd of transit advocates in Detroit.


“I really want to thank the bus riders.”

 -TRU Volunteer accepting an award for transit advocacy service.


“We’re about getting deals done and getting them done quickly.”

-DPS Real Estate Manager Tammy Deane to crowd of potential buyers for DPS’ abandoned property

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