Letter to the editor: How can Norwalk develop a progressive, forward-thinking attitude?

By CHRIS GOUGH | Rural Norwalk

In response to the article “Arguing in Norwalk …” in the Nov. 21 issue, I would like to voice a few concerns and add a few comments to the mix.

I have stopped attending Norwalk’s monthly meetings for just that purpose. The arguing, swearing and lack of professionalism is counterproductive to our failing village. And, yes, our village is failing. Do we not as residents fail to see the mess of the basketball court behind Scenic Bluffs? There is the issue with water and sewer. The rental homes that are barely hanging in there. The old store front that is boarded up and has a huge hole in the glass window. (There is a lawsuit waiting to happen.) If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times from local residents, “This town was so much more back in the day. We used to have two grocery stores, a hardware store … ” and so on. We are no longer back in the day. Norwalk will never be that village again. It is time for a change. A start in a new and innovative direction.

We as members of the same community need to stop the arguing and start asking, “What are the elected board members really doing for the betterment of our village?” Nothing positive will ever come of pitting ourselves against each other or the old, drawing lines in the sand. There is such an “us” against “them” mentality, and it solves nothing. We need to look to our future as a community and what it holds for us all, not just a select few. Where do we see ourselves five, 10 or 50 years from now? What can we do to make a progressive, forward-thinking attitude that guarantees a positive future for all who reside here and parts surrounding? Again, these are the questions we need to ask.

This village does not need another bar or fix-it shop. We need to start thinking bigger than that and perhaps outside of the box. We have a wonderful asset in our cultural diversity. The bike trail offers plenty of options to enhance the lure of Norwalk. I know many of you have such great talents that could really benefit this town. We should be thinking of ways to improve what we have and to develop more enticing attributes so people will want to visit our village, spend money here and perhaps want to move here themselves. Raise their families so this village will thrive and grow.

Or, we can be petty and fight over residency, sewer issues, property lines and so on, instead of coming together and creating solutions. Like adults, professional adults. People who put their differences aside, roll up their sleeves and get the job done. All this time spent fighting is more time spent failing the people and this community.

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