Thursday, April 1, 2010

Welcome to

I created this blog as a means to express my opinion and potential policy solutions for Metro Detroit and Michigan. The blog discusses issues from transportation, to taxation, to sustainability, to governance, and more. The blog also includes several links to organizations and initiatives in Detroit, so I hope it provides a resource to the different projects going on in Detroit. So remember when you want to read and learn about Detroit.

Some of you have already read some of my policy posts in my Notes section on Facebook, many of which I have incorporated into this blog. Some of you receive daily news items from me via email. My attempt will be to post some of those in here as well. I really invite people to read, share your ideas and, if you would like to contribute, send me an email. This blog is designed to be a resource to policymakers, the media, and others who want to read about different options on how to move our region forward in a positive manner.

Again, this blog is about ideas and solutions, and not about assigning blame. At times, we all need to express our frustration about how things are, and I am not innocent in this regard. I just continue to remind myself that we are all in this together, and that if I plan to stick around this region the rest of my life, I'm determined to help leave it a better place. For me, that comes through sharing my ideas with others, being bold in my convictions, and being compassionate for those who are also frustrated by the "hand they were given."

The views expressed in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of my employer, coworkers, or colleagues, and should never be understood in the context of "right" and "wrong." These are just ideas and opinions, and nothing else. Nobody is to blame for the struggles of our region. Things are just the way they are, but that doesn't mean that we can't change it.

I want to thank Landmark Education for inspiring this endeavor. I want to thank those who have listened to my ideas (and rants) in the past, and for those who have taken a stand for me in my life - my family, my friends and my fiance, my bosses, coworkers, and colleagues, and everyone else I have the pleasure with interacting with on a day-to-day basis.

Thanks for taking the time to read and contribute. "We're all in this together..."

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