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  •  I'll admit it. I was a wuss. I left. (9+ / 0-)

    I left almost 20 years ago.  Graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1993, went to grad school in Texas, and have never been back.

    And while I don't regret my decision one bit, I admire people like you staying and fighting.  People like my good friend, Dayne Walling, who is Mayor of Flint and loves his town and wants to make it better.

    Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

    by wmtriallawyer on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 06:41:53 AM PST

    •  There's work for all of us to do! (2+ / 0-)
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      We need good expatriate ambassadors, @wmtriallawyer!

      When I was living out-of-state (and that was for twelve whole years!) I can't tell you how many conversations, heated arguments sometimes, I got in over what Flint was, what it wasn't, what had happened here, and who to hold accountable.  If you share the truth with Texans, and put Michigan's lesson's to work in that state, you're a big part of the solution!

      "No one gets to be born a butterfly, not even butterflies." - Santa

      by blueskiesfalling on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:52:26 AM PST

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      •  Well, I'm in Maryland now (1+ / 0-)
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        and it was a little bit of a misstatement to say I've never been back...I never moved back to Michigan, which is a different kettle of fish altogether, although I've visited many, many time and still love my home state.

        I was so impressed a few years ago when I got a tour of the expansions at UM-Flint, and looking at the new growth occurring downtown.  Then sat down with Dayne and had coffee and talked about his plans for is so great to much better even than when I went to school there 20 years ago.

        Now, if my hometown of Saginaw could get up off the mat...

        Cake or DEATH? Oh, I'll have cake, please.

        by wmtriallawyer on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 10:16:54 AM PST

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