Community meeting

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Posted by w0ep on March 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm

[Today’s run: 3.5 miles]

I got an email from the chamber of commerce about a community meeting last night.  The meeting is being held by a foundation that makes grants to non-profits in our area.  And the notification was about looking at the issues facing our county and city.

So I decided to go.  I don’t have any expectation of applying for any grant money from this place (I’ve looked at that before), but it sounded like a good idea.

The had a good turn out, maybe 150 people.

They had some introductory stuff, then went through some demographic information about where our area fits in economic and education attainment figures for the US and for Mississippi.

Then we numbered off and they had us break up into six small groups and brainstorm about the community issues.  We listed lots of stuff.  Then they did weighted voting for each person’s top four issues.

Then we had a small snack 🙂

And then they put us all back together where the top 15 of the issues from all of the groups were put up and we did weighted voting again.  And then they had the top from that round.

Education, poverty, crime/addiction, apathy, and leadership vision where the top five.  None of those are a big surprise, and they roll-up a lot of the individual comments that my group had.

Mississippi is a place where you can live poor.  That’s a good thing, because if you’re poor you need a place to live.  But it’s also a bad thing because maybe you won’t have the motivation to better yourself.

I’ll tell you the thing that gets me the most is the litter.

I think there is a lot of pride in Mississippi.  Not pride _in_ Mississippi, but personal pride that keeps people from bending over and picking stuff up.  People drop trash all around.  Not so much refrigerators in the ditch kind of stuff, just wrappers and bottles and that kind of junk.  It’s almost everywhere.

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  • On March 6, 2018 at 11:38 pm Jonathan Howard said

    I hear you. I once lived in Oakland and saw a woman and her kids walking down the street and she was drinking a soda and was apparently finished so she put the container in a potted flowering plant. Trash cans were everywhere but apparently not as convenient as the planter. For the rest of the day passersby get to enjoy the beauty of a flower alongside a discarded bev container. Maybe the next day as well.

    Irksome.

  • On March 11, 2018 at 8:04 am Sue said

    Yesterday, driving south on E 14th St, the suv in front of me opened a window on the driver’s side and tossed out a complete meal container, including what looked like a dozen or so fries. It just flew behind them, free as a bird. I was disgusted and thought of you two talking about litter.

    I will say I haven’t seen someone do that so blatantly in quite awhile.

  • On March 11, 2018 at 10:16 am Jonathan Howard said

    What’s wrong with people? Time to bring back the crying Indian? 40 seconds in:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7OHG7tHrNM

  • On March 12, 2018 at 5:01 am Sue said

    Yes! Totally forgot about that commercial.

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