Fragmentation of our community, our neighborhoods, our schools
A once cohesive community is becoming more and more fragmented. This letter is to recognize and thank those people that have challenged this trend.
Our community has become a mix of cultures and nationalities. I was thrilled when other cultures began coming to the county.
Thank goodness my child would have opportunities to have a broader view of the world and a chance to interact with children having different ideas.
But the reality saddens me. Too many people feel threatened by different cultures and to protect their values are encouraging their children to keep apart.
Our neighborhoods are growing. Everyone wants their own little piece of paradise, and understandably so. I watch the houses going up all around and lament when another homeowner puts up another fence.
I wonder if people realize the amount of wildlife that still consider our yards corridors to get to food and water. I wonder if they understand the message a fence conveys.
Our schools have become divided over the “rigors of education” versus physical education’s proponents; International Baccalaureate (IB) for some versus IB for all, watered-down education versus interaction of all children.
Hopefully, I think, our community has found a compromise to satisfy most groups. But the continuance of letters to the editor may belie that conclusion.
I am writing to thank the people who have found compromises and have found alternatives to the fragmentation of our lives.
I want to thank our Hispanic neighbors who allow our children to play together. And I want you to know that as you struggle with English, I will be struggling to learn Spanish so that we can communicate better.
Maybe we can overcome our fears and come together as a community one family at a time.
I want to thank all the homeowners on the Soda Creek ridgeline who have opted to not put up fences.
Intentionally or not, you have protected an important wildlife corridor. All having dogs, and doing the electric fence or teaching the dogs to stay on property, you have given the fox and elk access, also.
I appreciate the beauty of your dogs and children walking freely between your homes.
And lastly, thank you Bonnie Brown. As the past principal of Summit Cove Elementary, you gave my children a fabulous start in this world of education.
You found that balance where they not only received an excellent education, but felt safe, loved and cared for by the educational community.
Being the No. 1 school district in the state may be a lofty goal. But I’ll take happy, safe, well-adjusted students any day that aren’t pushed to be No. 1.
So, I write this to absolutely not put any one on the spot. My goal is only to ask people to try to find compromises between their personal needs and the needs of our community and environment and to thank the people that strive for that compromise.
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