Friday, October 24, 2014

Battle Of The Signs In Bridgeport

Battle of the signs and common sense in Bridgeport..........

I see these two signs while out and about here in Bridgeport.  To me they represent the two paths that Bridgeport residents can take on November 4th.  

The Yes Path will lead to a safer and better community for our residents.  I have posted videos and blog posts concerning the police and fire departments special assessments.  You can find all the facts and figures there.
This was a presentation given by Police Chief Dave Duffett and Fire Chief Patrick Nelson in October at the Bridgeport Gun Club

This was a presentation by Fire Chief Patrick Nelson

Another presentation by Fire Chief Patrick Nelson

The Bridgeport Police Department has a Facebook page you can follow

The Bridgeport Fire Department has a Facebook page you can follow

They both post updates on their departments and what is going on in the community.  You can also sign up for the Constant Contact emails from the township government.  They include the logs of all the police and fire department calls every week, what meetings are coming up and the minutes of the meetings.  If you have any doubt that we need more money for the two departments, just read the weekly list of calls.  I know that in my neighborhood crime continues to increase.  You can see all the past call logs on the township website under the departments.  The link to sign up for the emails is at the bottom of the website.
The Bridgeport Township Government also has a Facebook page you can follow.  They post updates for the community, the police and fire department call logs, etc.....

The information is out there for the residents, in the meetings, online, in the weekly Birch Run/Bridgeport Herald newspaper, or you can contact any of the township officials or the police and fire departments.  It is up to the residents to make the effort to seek this information out, to get involved in our community.

The No Path is a path into the past really.  It is not the path to a better future for our community, a safer path for the members of our police and fire departments that we expect to be there to protect and serve our community; it is a path into the bitterness of the past, of the battles that took place in our community and divided our community.  There is no hope for a prosperous future on this No Path.
I was reading a article online about social media and there was a comment in there that struck a chord with me when thinking about the future of Bridgeport:
"Instead, it’s that we’re a culture of complainers. We use complaints as icebreakers or to bond with others: What’s with this weather? What’s with our boss? We use complaints to establish rapport. Studies have suggested that complaining adds years to your life by helping us release tension. But we also complain because it’s in our nature, and we’re more apt to complain than to do something about it."
It was especially the last line that reminded me of the problems in Bridgeport, that we are more apt to complain than to do something about it.  I had become one of the complainers and haters, was doing nothing to make this a better community.  It is time for some of our residents to let go of the past and move forward if we want to have any hope for the future of our little community.  Do something positive, make a difference!!
I am not saying that we should  just blindly accept everything that goes on.  If you see something you don't like, think is wrong, stand up, fight for change.  BUT there is a difference between fighting for a better future and just bitching, complaining, being negative towards everything in our community.  Some peoples energy would be better spent doing something positive instead of the same old worn out tiresome hate.

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