First we must be charitable. We must accept and trust each other. Then we will be willing to rely upon each other. And then, perhaps, we will be willing not only to help each other, but to accept help from each other. These are a few of the hallmarks of strong community. They are intuitive, but, strangely, not easily embraced. We can dedicate ourselves to this calling. Many already have and it is reflected in the small as well as the big things they think and do as they go about their days. Hope for a collegial and respectful national conversation rests in a collegial and respectful local conversation. Hope for solving our country’s challenges rests in meeting our local challenges together.
Leaving our children a kinder, fairer, more tolerant and generous world starts here and now with us. Let’s commit ourselves to this task. Let’s build strong and healthy communities. Let’s embrace the idea that there is much more that we can achieve together than we will ever achieve apart. Let’s do this for each other, for our hometowns, for our region. Let’s do it for our children.
[Honesdale, PA resident Edward Cremo sits on the board of The Cooperage Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to build community through the performing arts, learning opportunities, good times and good works. Its home is The Cooperage, located on Main Street in Honesdale.]