Published : Friday, 07 Sept 2012, 3:49 AM EST
By Joe DeMarco
DETROIT - Zeineh Quits.
DETROIT — Decades of greed, graft, corruption, apathy and incompetence have brought the city to where it is today. No one mayor can fix it in ONE term, but he COULD make Major improvements IF he wanted to.
The City’s employees, Paramedix, Firefighters, Cops, Mechanix, electricians, plumbers and everyone else are the only ones who take pride in their work and try against all odds to provide a quality service to the citizens and visitors of the city. They care because they and/or their family and friends are citizens and know that they would like to have quality service delivered to them.
It’s too bad that the people who care the most about the city, the workers who actually have to run the city against all odds and despite the best efforts of elected and appointed officials to destroy it, are also the ones who pay the highest price for their love of the city. They are overworked, underpaid, stressed out, burnt out and are used as scapegoats when city managements incompetence results in high profile bad publicity.
Unless you have worked for the city, you have no idea, can’t even imagine, the miserable horrific crap that employees have to deal with and the way they’re treated every day. When something goes wrong the employees always get blamed, management never takes responsibility for their mistakes, inaction or incompetence.
As a life long Detroiter and former city employee, I too love my city and hope and pray for a day when things get better. Unfortunately the way things are going, the horizon keeps getting darker and darker.
Zeineh did his best and fought the good fight against an ultimate evil machine. He’s lucky to have survived and lasted as long as he has risking his life and career in as high profile way as he has. He did WAY more than anyone would ever think to ask of him, without being asked, because he saw something terribly wrong and thought he could fix it, or die trying. He deserves the city’s equivalent of a congressional medal of honor for his valor in the face of destruction. Oh wait the city doesn’t have anything close to the equivalent of a congressional medal of honor because the city leadership doesn’t have any honor itself. Sad.
Zeineh made major personal sacrifices for this city and his EMS brothers and sisters, sacrifices that cost his home 3 times, and his wife. He should’ve quit a long time ago, but he’s too good for that and never wanted to let evil even think it had a chance to win. In the end he realized, no matter how mightily and valiantly he fought, the corrupt, ultimate evil machine was too great for him to conquer alone and too few fellow soldiers were willing to pick up the sword and fight along side him. To the contrary, some brothers even turned against him in this epic battle of good vs evil and Ultimately, He was overwhelmed.
God speed and best wishes for him in his new life outside of city employment.
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