The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Columns

September 18, 2013

Primus Mootry: Re-inventing Anderson -- the pathway to hope

“It will not be enough for people, groups, and organizations to promote their own actions — as if they alone will constitute the new path. It is only when individual actions become connected to a larger, unfolding narrative, when they serve as proof points in a larger story, they gain meaning and create a renewed sense of possibility.” — Richard C. Harwood, The Work of Hope, 2012

Last week I shared some opinions about a section of Anderson’s west side based on something a friend calls “the eye test.” This simple test is nothing more than looking around you. If what you see reflects what you want, fine. If it doesn’t, change it.

I am grateful to various readers who contacted me to share their eye-test opinions about problems in a predominantly African-American section of the west side of Anderson. They also shared opinions about what might be done to solve these problems. And, as is to be expected, not all of their opinions were positive, hopeful, or even helpful to the task.

One reader, who lives in the area, contacted me with the idea of pulling together a town hall type meeting to discuss starting a Neighborhood Watch program or other community-based actions.

I told her if I could help, I would be happy to do so. A big part of the pathway to hope is simply starting the conversation with others.

Another person who lives in the area told me the community’s adults have failed to put together and maintain tried and true programs for youth, like Little League baseball teams, Boy and Girl Scout troops, soap box derbys, and the like. “We don’t need to invent nothing,” he said. “Most of what we need is right here. It’s us.” I say amen to that.

Text Only
Columns
Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium
Front page
Poll

What do you think of Anderson's decision to have an Independence Day parade and other festivities on July 3?

That's great!
Should be OK
What a waste of money!
     View Results