After reading Brian Goldenís well-written and insightful column yesterday, I had the inspiration to create something of a response.
I wish I could completely disagree with my spirited co-worker and friend. I wish I could state with all confidence that Chenango County is as safe as ever and the drugs and crime of which he speaks are no more prevalent than at any other time.
Unfortunately, this isnít the case and we all know it.
However, what Brian doesnít mention is how we can begin to fix said problems.
I remember growing up how many people complained about the number of graduating students in the county who grabbed their diploma, high-tailed it out of the area and aside from class reunions, were neíer seen again.
That may have been true just a few years ago, but Iíve noticed there has been an increasing number of recent college graduates returning to the area. Hardly a day goes by that I donít see someone from the classes of Ď05, Ď06, and Ď07 where the conversation goes something like this:
ďHey, [insert random classmate] long time, no see? What are you up to?Ē
ďOh, Iím over at [Raymond, Chobani, Frontier, Pennysaver, Norwich Pharmaceuticals, etc.]Ē
That list goes on and on, and itís a far cry from:
ďOh, still at McDonaldís.Ē
The truth is, there are more and more capable, educated, hard-working young adults returning to the area which is the perfect set-up for uninhibited social progress and economic growth.
Thereís only one thing left to do: foster that growth and keep it uninhibited.
The truth is that it is time for change. Iím not pushing any political agenda here, just a social one. It is time for people to let the world move forward on its own.
Fifty years ago, people were fighting change, resisting new technology, and discriminating against what they considered wrongful marriage practices. We now look at those people as backwards and close-minded.
So itís time to embrace social media and advancing technologies, let any two consenting adults get married, and give a younger generation the chance to speak their minds and help guide our community towards the future.
No, it isnít the Chenango County any of us grew up in, but isnít that the point? Itís never going to be exactly the same, but letís face it: there have always been problems of some kind, and there will be different problems in the future. But thereís a lot of good, and plenty to look forward to.
So letís give progress a chance.
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