I have continued to listen to the comments on the blogs, calls I receive, emails and various conversations over this past month. I see a continued theme in Rockford…”Blame”. I continue to ask myself as a newcomer to this community as to why people comment so negatively about their community. I ask myself is it the community or is it the people that have the issue? Everywhere I go I am surrounded by a pattern of blame and anger that has resulted into a negative feeling about the place we live. So which is it folks…are we the 7th worst city (community) in the Nation OR do we have the 7th worst attitude (negativity about our community) in the Nation?
I just don’t see how we have become a people that play the blame card for everything that goes wrong. When will we come together and begin supporting each other to solve the various issues we face. Children are growing up in a community that spews a negative feeling. So why would they be motivated to think any different?
I have worked for the YMCA for 20 years in 4 different communities and through my experiences I continue to see us live a selfish life that fosters an attitude of negativity. As a result I talk to students who take on this same attitude and grow with the repeated cycle of blaming everyone else for life’s problems or community issues that we face.