I am writing this column to address some people in our community that are always finding the bad things and writing about them. I’ve been accused of only looking at the good things about Bradford and not the bad. That is the furthest thing from the truth. I do worry every day about the drug problems, the housing issues, and I worry that people, especially children, have a meal every night. I fully support the Friendship Table, Destinations-Bradford, the Elf Fund, and every nonprofit in this town. So the big question that I ask myself every morning when I look in the mirror is, “What can I do to make Bradford a better place to live?”
Recently we posted a “Welcome to Bradford” video that included interviews filmed during WESB/WBRR’s “Great Way of Life” campaign. It featured Bradfordians talking about why they like our town, along with wonderful scenic shots, and was created for us by Evoking Emotions Videography. We have been pleased with the reach the video has had online, and some of the positive responses it has received. I might add, WESB/WBRR does not charge us for their annual “Great Way of Life” promotion, they do it to support our town.
So my question to all these folks who spend their day putting Bradford down . . . what have you done for your town? Have you volunteered at the Friendship Table or the SPCA? Did you take part in any community clean-ups? Did you attend a City Council meeting and express your concerns? I could go on and on, but I’m sure you know what I’m saying.
It’s very easy to sit back and criticize our town, but I would rather take the other approach and try to find ways to improve our town. I’m sure some of these doubting Thomases will continue to find fault with anything we try to do, but I will not let their cold comments stop me from making this a better town!
I have had the opportunity to visit many communities in my lifetime, but after those visits I am always happy when I come home.
We are not perfect, we have our flaws, but we have many caring people in our community, generous people who when I call to ask for support with any community project they are there with their checkbooks or right beside us rolling up their sleeves to help.
So I would really welcome these doubting Thomases to come to our office, and lets sit down and have a conversation of how we can make Bradford better. We are here to listen, we are here to help, we are here to make Bradford a better community!