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Be more active in the community

05/08/2008

To The Editor:

It is of the utmost importance in this day and age that people are more active in their communities. With the advent of reality TV, the internet and Netflix, our lives have slowly become more homogenized. Doesn't anyone read 1984 anymore? Or Fahrenheit 451? George Orwell and Ray Bradbury once portended an ill future if we stayed our present course; now their prophecies have been indoctrinated by motion pictures into yet another American pastime. Their works are merely stories for our amusement, not words of wisdom.

Through the media we learn what it means to be "green" and the need to make everything "greener." What that message usually boils down to is to "come on down to the local chain store and buy some new green products! Hurry while supplies last!" Newsflash America: If you want to make a difference or do something useful just walk out your front door and do it. You don't have to follow the directions on your new box of "Public Activism (batteries sold separately)."

Community involvement to whatever end is actually quite simple. Just start talking to people, tell them what it is that you like about the way things are, and tell them some things you would like to see changed. You will inevitably discover some people with similar interests. Once you have some collective power you can petition a local government official. They are usually very attentive; it is their job after all to serve the public good. An actively aware community provides for a better residential environment.

I am issuing a call to the people of this day and age to break the habits of easy "couch media." Open your eyes, open your ears, open your mind, and step out onto the grass with bare feet and rolled up trousers!

Garnet Morgan

Moretown

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