Thursday, March 11, 2010

How do we move forward?

I didn't give the Washington City Paper article "East of the River or River East? much credence. As a matter of fact, I yawned. In the days since, there has been so much dialog on all sides of the debate. On Tuesday, R.E.E.L. issued a response statement. On Wednesday, the listservs that I'm on were all a buzz.

Everyone has put their cards on the table. I've heard valid points on all sides of the debate. I've heard eloquent speeches and monologues. I've also heard hot air, jibberish, and accusations. It's all very touching. But in all the soliloquies, statements, and responses I've heard no one offer a solution on how to move forward.

Regardless if we've been here 50 years or 50 seconds, we are all a part of this community. Regardless if we've been to college or just clean toilets at a college, we are all a part of this community. Regardless if we live in a single family home in Hillcrest, public house in Barry Farm, or a condo in Deanwood, we are all a part of this community. How do we move forward? How do we come together and stand for what we believe in? How do we all put our bruised egos aside and develop a strategy to make positive changes? How do we use the power of our voice and our votes? I'm not even going to pretend that I know the answers to these questions.

1 comment:

  1. As a Commissioner, life long Resident, Property owner, you can't get side track by things of lesser importance to the community. You MUST build on or try to build a solid foundation on the community on things that matters most.

    Schools - we must focus on our future, from funding to PTA Associations, sports, programs, test scores, summer programs, higher enrichment programs. We need a graduation rate of 90% in DC and a College Acceptance Rate of 75% in DC for our youth by 2015. And we can not afford anything less. Whether we like the Mayor or the Chancellor, these are the numbers our kids need to achieve.

    Crime - we must feel safe in our community. Kids must be safe going to and coming from school. How can you learn if you worried about which street I can take going home. Our community must become safe, from our recreation centers, to our corner stores, and even our alleys. We must pressure MPD to caputre a suspect in all murder and assult cases within a 72 hour period, and we must help them do that.

    Lastly Jobs - regardless of upbringing, where you from, what name you like the most, the thing we all have in common is we want our kids to have a better life than we did. To do that we must be able to put food in our homes, clothes on our backs and a roof over our head. Jobs is a two phase project, all residents over the age of 18 must get a GED or high school diploma. Then we must train them either to get a higher education or work force training so that they are ready to work.

    Those things three is what we should be focused on as a community, Jobs, Crime, and Schools. Those is what's going to bring families east of the river, and keep families here.