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My Thoughts on Jim Caldwell

Well, the revolving door has happened again and if you’re a sport’s enthusiast then you know what I’m talking about. The regular season of the NFL is done and, therefore, there’s about six coaches who are looking for new opportunities. Six NFL teams are looking for new coaches.

One of them who has been released is Jim Caldwell – coach for the Detroit Lions.

A Man of Character

Jim Caldwell was successful with the Lions, but it wasn’t good enough because they weren’t consistent competitors in the game. But you know what? Jim Caldwell will be fine – and I’m not talking about his financial status.

I’m talking about the fact that he is a man of character.

Some people say he wasn’t enthusiastic enough but I’ll tell you this: He is very steady.

All those who worked with him will tell you, he not only knew Xs and Os, but he knew how to guide young men in how to live their lives with character, courage and commitment. Now, Jim Caldwell wasn’t a guy who put out billboards or advertised the fact that he is a follower of Jesus, but he is. And for that reason, Jim Caldwell, I’m sure, thanks God for the opportunity he had in Detroit and will look forward to the next opportunity God has for him to live life fully. I never had the opportunity to meet Jim Caldwell but he was an individual who was groomed by a man, Tony Dungy, another man of incredible character, and he has continued the legacy of raising up other young men to strong and steadfast.

So, maybe sometimes it doesn’t matter if you win or lose a game, but it matters if you win or lose in life.

Caldwell, in life, is a winner.

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Re-election of Mike Duggan

I was really encouraged the other day. With all of the conflict and distrust that there is today, it was kind of uplifting to see that people can get a long and they can cross racial divides to come together to better their communities.

What am I talking about specifically?

A white mayor, Mike Duggan, was the first white mayor in the predominantly black community of Detroit since 1970. He has been mayor for four years now and last week the city of Detroit re-elected him.

Now I’m not going to say that I agree with everything that Mike Duggan does – that’s not the point. African American leaders in Detroit, along with a white mayor, have shown that there can be progress and that they can mutually come to the table and talk. As a result, the community is growing and there is a new awakening taking place in Detroit.

People are coming together, businesses are moving in, and millennials are living in the city. Now I understand that there are a lot of areas in Detroit that are broken and untended to. But it would appear that the trajectory that the present administration is on, with civic leaders and community organizers, is leading to great things happening in the city.

  • Plans to spread affordable housing units across all areas of the city
  • Renovations to the Randolph Career Technical Education Center
  • Creation of the Little Cesar’s Arena
  • Major road and parking improvements

This teamwork is showing us that people can live together, work together, strategize together, and make a difference together.

Well done, Detroit. We are far stronger working together than tearing each other down.

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Detroit is Back in a Big Way

For years and year and years, Detroit has gotten a bad rap in newspapers. In the past, people would never say, “Hey, you want to move to Detroit?” and you certainly wouldn’t have a line waiting out the door to go downtown.

There’s a makeover going on in Detroit and there’s so much happening that I want to highlight.

Detroit Little Cesar’s Arena

First, let me talk about the Detroit Little Cesar’s Arena that was opened in September that is now home to the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Red Wings. Think about this: In downtown Detroit you will now have four major sports teams playing within blocks of each other, the Tigers, the Lions, the Pistons, and the Red Wings.

That whole area down in Detroit has been revitalized and rebuilt; there’s a new energy, there’s life, there’s lights, there’s artwork, and gatherings, and new restaurants opening up, and new housing being erected. You have young people moving into apartments at a crazy pace and, in fact, right now it’s hard to get housing in Detroit.

There’s even a tiny house project called Cass Tiny Homes that has created 25 homes roughly 250-400 square feet built on formerly vacant property. These homes will provide affordable housing for residents who could not afford a home on their own. I just want to say, congratulations to the businesses, the men, the women, and everyone who have united and come together to make a city, that once had an incredibly dismal reputation, come alive again.

From the riverfront where the GM building is (formerly the Ren. Cen.), from Belle Isle up Jefferson down Woodward – it’s a place of vitality. This is all because people took a risk and they are now seeing their investment paying off in a multiplicity of ways.

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