Village needed to save our city
Its all too easy to talk about the struggles of Americas inner cities and become fixated on symptoms like crime and violence, but how do you actually address these issues? Step one: looking at the problem holistically.
Martin Luther King once said, We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Meaning we will always have disappointments, but we must hold on to the idea that we shall overcome. Hope is the one key ingredient to successful urban renewal. I dont think people are violent – I think circumstances create people who act violently. Unless we deal with the root cause, we can arrest all of the known bad guys, but the system without change will create a new set of bad actors.
Planners – including the community – must work in an interdisciplinary fashion. We must accept that diverse populations understand their own needs and can offer significant contributions to the planning process. True collaboration is imperative for short-term and sustained success in building a healthy city. Looking at community violence without considering issues like poverty, unemployment, mental health, education and other ills that plague urban inner cities is tantamount to a dog chasing its tail.
Community collaboration is necessary. We need your input, your energy and your commitment to change. We can create a movement that cant be ignored. Our next community meeting will take place at 6 p.m. April 12 at Primetime Community Center, 3701 S. Calhoun St. Please commit to being part of the change. We can save our city – but it will take a village.
JONATHAN C. RAY President/CEO Fort Wayne Urban League
NRA running the nation
Once again the National Rifle Association is seen running this country. Sen. Harry Reid dropped the assault weapon ban again so gun manufacturers can make more money selling sure death. This is my email to him:
I realize Im not from Nevada but you clearly consider yourself a National Senator so here I am.
What do you think you are doing dropping the assault weapon ban!!! I oppose term limits but it is time to clean house. We need to send you and McCain and most of the 535 House and Senate members HOME. Home to STAY. Get a clue. WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH MASS KILLING!!! Why cant you get that through your heads?
Guns DO kill. People kill using guns. Without guns how many homicides by dagger do you think we would see? Certainly not 20 and 30 in a minute.
If people feel they are entitled to play like soldiers with assault rifles, why dont we pass out hand grenades? Theres a way to stop school shooters and bank robbers. Pull the pin and solve the problem. (Please note: Sarcasm intentional.)
E. ANTHONY McNAIR Grabill
No reason not to keep calm
When my son was born with Down syndrome, my first reaction was not to keep calm. I called several moms whose names I was given by family members or friends or neighbors – anyone who knew a mother of a child with Down syndrome. I remember one mother saying, Its going to be OK over and over. I remember thinking, is she crazy? I was just told my son has a cognitive disability and she keeps telling me its going to be OK? Looking back, I can see she was trying to tell me to keep calm.
Most of my worry wasnt necessary. I have learned that people with Down syndrome are more like everyone else than different and the mom I spoke with years ago was right, it is all OK.
There is so much to appreciate about people with Down syndrome. Appreciating people with Down syndrome is not just for their friends and families, but for all people who believe in a good quality of life and human rights for everyone. The Indiana Postsecondary Education Coalition is partnering to create programs that will give higher education options to people with intellectual disabilities. Locally, the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana is committed to enhancing the lives of those affected by Down syndrome. Please visit www.dsani.org to find out more.
Next time you meet someone with Down syndrome or any difference, remember were all different and keep calm.
DEBORAH LEIGH NORMAN Fort Wayne