QUOTE(Zipsrifle @ Jun 11 2009, 06:10 PM)
I'm hoping to make a difference here and not stand on the sidelines and complain like everyone else.
I think that is the most important thing right there.
Is it an easy out to bitch about everything and not do anything? Yes. And the problem in our area (most of society) is that everyone is a "victim". I mean simply that if they have a problem it's someone else's fault. There are certain things that are uncontrollable, crime, losing a job etc. But if your neighborhood looks bad ask yourself, have you helped out the old couple across the street so they can fix things up? If there are kids constantly causing problems have you personally done anything about? Report it? Call the local police to help form a neighborhood watch?
I by no means want this country to go back to the 30's-50's but there are certain things our grandparents did that made life a lot more tolerable (and don't let anyone fool you, crime was amazing at this time you just didn't have 1000's bloggers compaining about everytime it happened). The simple fact is you have to try and accomplish things. People up here complain about crime, but how much of that crime has personally affected them. You have tons of resources here for leisure, a National Park, tons of Metro Parks, the Tow Path. Get out and enjoy what is there and tell people about it. Most of the country thinks of Akron and thinks dried up bombed out rubber factories, Youngstown would be empty steel factories, Cleveland they picture a river on fire.
If there is one thing that I am truly passion about (and yes the athletics are fun) its finding a way to get people to realize that this state is a great place. GP1, god bless him, blames the weather, if that were true Colorado, New England, Seattle, and Utah would all be a shit holes. People will put up with weather if they know they can get a job and their children can get a decent education. We have those things, unfortunately they are all shadowed by negativity, instead of praising what Western Reserve Academy, and Firestone's Baccaulaureate programs accomplish we talk about how East Cleveland can't get people who could give a crap less about school is performing.
I'm just saying it's a lot better than people think and its time some people step up to sell it that way and improve it even more.