I genuinely believe with the current state of the city, we as citizens of Williamsport have to get more involved. More involved in things such as Neighborhood Crime Watch, more involved in helping to clean up the parks, and even more involved with our neighbors. Often I see or hear about neighbors contacting codes in regards to a neighboring property and there are times where I can understand this but at the same time, there are times where perhaps you should just walk on over and knock on their door and discuss your concerns with the home owner first. Perhaps if you got to know the neighbors you'd feel a little safer and a little more comfortable with your surroundings. I truly believe we also need to be much more involved with the children throughout our community. The first step is responsible parenting, manners, morals, respect, & education. A child being taught and steered in the right direction is the first step. Second is encouraging kids to be involved in their community, but it's not as simple as just saying 'here's a broom, do this'; we have to lead by example, stand up next to them and help within our community. We also need the support of individuals like Mayor Gabriel Campana. It is not the responsibility of the local government to act as the parents of our children it is ours.
If you don't know where your child is or what they are doing, that is an issue; you may very well be part of the problem and not part of the solution. Someone recently suggesting creating a 'Youth Group' that serves this exact purpose, I believe it is a fantastic idea, something that truly needs to happen. Taking from the kids in the way of the local swimming pools, basket ball hoops, and anything else that frankly keeps them out of trouble, is not the answer to steering kids in the right directions. Our goal shouldn't be to create reason for rebellion, those of you who are parents know all too well, when you take something from a child that they really want, they resent you for it.
We can continue to push all the responsibility to the local government to fix this and do that if we want to but at the end of the day, we all know, that the effectiveness of government does have limitations. This is OUR city and we have to do what we are able to do to help keep it a good, quality place to live.
We're all neighbors, whether we live next door to each other or on the other side of town from each other. We're all neighbors within the city and only together, with leadership and responsibility can we begin to see this city return to its former glory. You have to ask yourself, are you going to continue to complain about the 'filth' and conditions of the local parks and neighborhoods in the city or are you going to stand up and do something about it?
Wesley W Hickok
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