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.