Fixing Detroit

Readers weigh in on what cities owe their people

"Right on the Money" is how Michigan's Lapeer County Tea Party described Rana Foroohar's Aug. 5 cover story, "Broken City," on Detroit's bankruptcy, which explored the city's need for pension and other reforms. Others, like Margaret Finley of Long Beach, Calif., objected to TIME's language: "Until I read Time's article I had never thought of pensions as 'entitlement' programs ... Pensions are earned." And Harlan Rosenthal of Fair Lawn, N.J., argued that reneging on pensions shouldn't be on the table: "By all means one may complain about [retirement benefits] but those were all set by contracts that the city negotiated. Every...

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