I have really enjoyed writing about our Downtown personalities over the past year but need to take a break this month to talk about the importance of meaningful community dialog. Over the last couple of months we have seen how divisive debates can be; they create vast spaces between political parties, races, classes and socioeconomic status. Strangely, they also unite our country as Americans exercising our rights to speak freely, cast votes and disagree. At the end of the day we are all seeking to build a brighter future. A future where everyone has enough to eat, they are safe to walk down streets, they have a home, they are respected by others and they know the warmth of love. I’m not only talking about loving a spouse or a child. I’m talking about the bigger picture of loving their community, its people, places, arts and culture. I often wonder whether I am doing enough to build a better future and what the process might look like. Read More
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