All cities change, especially those dependent on specific industries that outlive their usefulness to society. Detroit is suffering and Delray can be considered an exaggerated microcosm of loss and abandonment.
I know all too well the damage that crime can have on families and our community. However, I caution Detroiters and people looking to move here -- the crime you see on the news is not a citywide epidemic and it's not insurmountable.
There is another news report this week about a potential lead in solving the case of Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance. Rather than participating in the media circus, I ask you to reflect for a moment on the impact of his abduction on those who loved him most -- his family.
Eleven years ago, our freedom was violated in a fatal, destructive manner. But we did not elevate to that level of hatred. Instead, we stood together with our fellow men, women and children to protect our nation and to recover.
A balanced budget affords us the capacity to begin eliminating our deficit and pay toward our debt. The end goal is a fiscally stable, efficient municipal government that creates an environment in which Detroiters can thrive.
Could Detroit host the Olympics in 2024? Before we get to the future, let's talk about how we are going to fix the problems here in the city in order to get to the future.
An efficient City of Detroit government will create the environment to thrive. This is the vision I encourage us all to share.
Detroit has made a reputation on building things, so let's start by building a future without fear.
To truly usher our state into economic recovery, and move from great to excellent, we must change the culture of education in our state and the City of Detroit.
The question should not be what a state elected official can do for Detroit, but what Detroit can do for the rest of the world.
Rebuilding Detroit is not only a security issue for residents but a national security issue. We need to make big changes in order to improve both the city and the lives of its citizens. It is my hope that you will entrust me to work for you on these issues.
Detroit and Hamtramck residents -- in fact many residents across Michigan -- have a primary, burning issue. They have a strong need for their quality of life to be improved.
We have institutional gems in Detroit that other cities envy. Many times we take them for granted. One of these gems, which needs our support, is the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).
On August 7, voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties have the rare privilege of voting on the importance of preserving a cultural treasure -- the Detroit Institute of Arts. I will be voting yes and urge you to do the same.
Detroit is suffering at the hands of a group with no frame of reference on how government is supposed to operate.
Having the state live up to its legally binding obligations to the city is worth fighting for. That is especially so when the alternative amounts to a complete abandonment of every principle that has made our society worth living in.