Letter: Find solutions; don’t point fingersYes, our town has seen its troubles once again. Our town is not the quiet place it used to be, but to judge and point fingers is not the answer.
By: Colleen Anderson, Hager City, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
Yes, our town has seen its troubles once again. Our town is not the quiet place it used to be, but to judge and point fingers is not the answer.
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and what did he say? On Aug. 28, 1963, he delivered the speech that went down in history. It’s time we all honor that speech and for the reasons this day was dedicated in his name.
As King said: “We’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.” Most everything he said in his speech can be lived today. It seems the world has not changed so much from 1963 when he spoke of freedom. Our town has had a taste of the freedom he speaks about and also a taste of the wrong deeds he’d hoped would end.
“Let us not seek to satisfy your thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”
Freedom means searching for a solution instead of pointing fingers — solutions to begin fixing the world starting with our special city, because the need is to start somewhere. What we should be thinking about are the families affected by this tragedy, solutions to the integration problems, and solutions to the alcohol and drug problems.
But what is the solution? I don’t have the answers any more than my neighbor does. But, what I do know is that pointing fingers is not a start at a solution. Maybe by looking back and learning from the past we can attempt to create a better future once again. That’s what King wanted. Isn’t that what we all want?
My father once asked me what color people were in heaven? I believe there is no color in heaven, only the color of beauty. Let’s try to make our world, our city, only the color of beauty.