By Joey Tillson
July 31, 2010
A while ago, I posted a letter on SitNews stressing the importance
of community and how this is my home. The many events over the
course of a year have put many of us all in stressful, hurtful
times. But I will tell you and stress it again, what I love
about this town is the sense of community you will NOT find anywhere
else. No matter what walk of life each of us has stumbled into,
we are still community.
There has been much negative things that have been posted on
the internet, in the news, and on the radio about individuals
in this town who have made terrible decisions in their life that
affect our community, they affect our children, they affect the
lives of others besides themselves. Then miraculously, they
associate the person with their place of employment, as if that
is why they do the things they do. Is it right? No. But it
is not such a tragedy where we can not overcome. We can rise
above certain people who have harmed us and tried to knock us
down. That is what community is all about.
When folks bash businesses such as the city's fire department,
the police department, the state troopers, the electric company,
coffee houses, the borough etc. they are associating individual
fallible persons with businesses who have no control over human
nature. Each one of us is a person first and a title second.
Our government and the private sectors in this beloved community
set out to maintain safety in our community, to provide services
meant to benefit our community, not harm. Mission statements
and values are stressed in the work place for a reason. If a
person violates the code of ethics of said businesses, it is
the person, not the business.
As a community is it our job to take care of our own. This means
providing jobs, providing services meant to benefit each and
everyone of us. Regardless of our past, our fallible nature
and to provide a better place for each and everyone of us. Do
not judge an entity based solely on an individuals poor choices
that may affect the well-being of our community.
Each one of us should focus on our families and ways we can each
improve our own lives not just for our own sake but for the sake
of our children. To continue to provide the love and support
to the community in times of tragedy. I wish more people would
take accountability to themselves instead of placing the blame
on others. It starts with each of us.
I am so thankful I live in this beautiful town with such a diverse
ethnic background. It is up to us as a community to remember
this and strive to make it a better place without bashing the
businesses who help provide stability and beneficial aspects
for our families.
Received July 30, 2010 - Published
July 31, 2010
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