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Russ, this was an informative chat you had with us,I hope you do more of those in the near future, its always interesting to hear what you have to say. You talked to the public about the police dept., now would you kindly let usknow whats going on in the local courts, with all the lawsuits coming out of there. Its going to cost the taxpayers a ton, I'm afraid.
--by Allan on 12/29/07 Lives: Dearborn
Hello Mr. Gibb,
I wanted to wish you a happy new year and Merry Christmas.
Since this is a videocast, I wanted to share some videos I found on YouTube with you to brighten up your week.
Remember the exchange student Eric From Germany (1995) Here is one of his videos from while he was here and he Interviews you.
Here's an oldie but goodie...Jumpin Up and Down Breaking Pencils on your TV Show.
Here in another one of eric's videos you were keeping the students in check with hall duty. You bust a kid for running in the hall.
Enjoy the trip down memory lane during the holidays.
God Bless and Happy New Year.
--by Chris on 12/30/07 Lives: Michigan
Good Evening Russ,
I saw all the information on the Ghost Buyers and houses that are being sold and then resold and then sold again.
In the late 1960â€™s and early 1970â€™s houses in Detroit were bought and sold using fraudulent documents and underwritten by FHA/HUD. This went on until my dad broke the story for the Detroit News. Federal Officials, some of the speculators and real estate people that made millions on the scams went to Federal Prison.
Fast Forward to 2007; same ploy, same scam. The difference is that the buyers and appraisers are using computers and fraudulent papers and ripping off the mortgage companies, etc. The twist is that most of these loans are underwritten by Fannie Mae.
It has come full circle in almost 40 years. The interesting thing is that the Federal Government will get stuck with all these properties. This means that the taxpayers will get the bill as always.
Have a Great New Year Russ, Thanks for the insights and your friendship.
--by A News Brat on 12/31/07 Lives: Detroit area
Enjoyed your Holiday "R&R"!
The Spanish word I think you were looking for, I believe, is "Cajones"
In England they would be called "bollocks" and yes, they come in pairs.
These terms describe the brave and fearless, those that "tell it like it is". Russ, you are great because you fearlessly lay it on the line every time. In today's society there is too much fear hampering our nation's progress. Please continue to shed light on our community's issues and rock the boat some more in '08!
Feliz Nuevo Ano mi Amigo,
--by Leo B on 1/1/08 Lives: Dearborn
A home on Kendal was sold land contract to a woman and her children. She paid faithfully to her landlord, one day the bank came and evicted her & her family. The landlord never paid the mortgage. She turned every faucett in the house on and ruined it. Currently it sits vacant, moldy and has been stripped. What will the neighbors, and city do now? A sad state of affairs.
--by Tractor Girl on 1/1/08 Lives: Michigan
Gibb your fearless. Love the way you put things.But I do think you bend over backwards to go easy on Mayor O'Reilly and his Old/New crew. Anyway, have a good New Year.
--by Tommy on 1/1/08 Lives: Dearborn
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I love the idea of the book about hate mail. A lot of what you talk about in your life story involves being criticized, being critical, or nobody agreeing on anything. It seems like you could write something really meaningful about the idea of learning how to be respectful in taking and giving criticism, and you've certainly got enough stories to give that moral with!
--by Brian on 1/2/08 Lives: USA
Hereâ€™s what will happen. It will sit vacant for 6 to 18 months. No one will rehab it because the house you elude to has a hefty eighty thousand dollar cash escrow that must be paid to the city to assure the buyer will bring it into compliance within a set amount of time.
No one will post the escrow because it would be stupid to have to race the clock with the city holding your eighty grand in addition to you having to buy the house and do the work.
It will sit until the city takes the property from the bank, tears down the house, all of which is at taxpayer cost, and sell the lot to one of our former Mayors "approved builders" who will put a 3000 square foot home on the parcel making your house look like a dump lowering your property values and cluttering up the neighborhood.
Now, arenâ€™t you sorry you asked?
--by Voice of Death of Family Guy on 1/2/08 Lives: Dearborn
First, I hope this reaches you in the best of health and blessings this new year. Second, thank you for your kind words in your podcast "memory lane." I must say, though, you most influence me to pursue a career in television news, which gave me the tools to become a story teller. It's a dream come true to move back home and continue my craft. Thank you for helping make that dream reality.
Class of 1986
--by Raad Alawan on 1/6/08 Lives: Dearborn