Budget surplus, 88 cent gas, the Big Three, Clinton and Lewinsky, walking someone all the way to the gate at the airport…from whence we came.

Ten years ago, before this current recession, before gas skyrocketed to almost $4 a gallon, before the collapse and restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler, before the controversial presidential elections in 2000 and 2004, and the historic election in 2008, before 9/11. We were on the cusp of a new century, a new dawn. We knew what was behind us, but no one could predict all that was before us over these next ten years.

Here we stand poised and positioned to close the chapter on the first decade of the 2000s and enter into the next. What have we learned? What will we do differently and what will we repeat?

Hopefully we have learned that we need each other. As this great city of our goes, so does the rest of the state. A decline in the manufacturing sector, record foreclosures, a shaky educational system, unspeakable youth violence, above-the-law politicians don’t just have adverse impacts on Detroit but on our entire state.

These defining moments of the past decade have laid the groundwork for us all to do better. Do better for our neighborhoods, for our city, for our state, for our children, for ourselves. These defining moments should give us hope because no matter how challenged, we are still here. We have an opportunity each and every day to make a positive impact and change.

A great opportunity for me to make a positive impact and change what happened ten years ago was the birth of the FrontPage. It was a dream and a vision that Sam Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, and I had for young people to be informed and connected to what’s gong on around them. From its inception I have worked tirelessly to make sure that young people under 40 were informed, educated and had a voice about the topics and issues that affect them most.

The FrontPage helped me to give back to the community in ways I couldn’t have imagined. I am excited about the future and limitless possibilities for this publication. Those who serve in leadership positions in any organization know that for any organization to survive and thrive, those in charge must leave a legacy and an opportunity for someone else to assume the mantle of leadership and push it to new heights.

From whence I came in the newspaper business for over 30 years, it is time for a new journey, a new era to begin for myself but also for the FrontPage. As we welcome in a new year, let us all welcome in new opportunities, new ideas and new challenges. And hopefully when we look back in 2019 we will see a decade of progress and growth no matter what has come our way.

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