Dick Palmer: Spring brings opportunity for renewal
Spring is always an interesting time to look around and note the natural renewal going on around us. It is a time for reflection followed by action. The grass is green now, some fruit trees are budding, and even the lilac bushes are showing signs...
Spring is always an interesting time to look around and note the natural renewal going on around us. It is a time for reflection followed by action. The grass is green now, some fruit trees are budding, and even the lilac bushes are showing signs of new life. Spring represents a challenge for all of us, as Mother Nature, in her subtle yet predictable way, gives us an opportunity to renew ourselves from within.
One thing government can't regulate is community pride. Oh sure, government plays a role with park development, street improvements and other amenities, but community pride comes from within. Each of us, as area residents, can make a difference by simply focusing on our own home, yard and neighborhood. Could either be improved with just a little attention? That is the focus of our comments here today.
Throughout the winter months, things have a way of accumulating in our yards and the vacant lots that are part of our neighborhoods. This is a place to start. Let's get together with our neighbors and clean up that vacant lot, put our own snow shovels away for the season, and rake and mow the lawn. This is a valuable start toward neighborhood pride.
Duluth generally gets a bum rap on weather talk from almost everyone who doesn't live here. Of course, that east wind in the spring can really be a chiller, but in the summer, it is a lifesaver. When it is 85 on the hill and humid, a short drive down to Canal Park or up the North Shore can be a breath of fresh air. Temps are in the 60s and very, very comfortable. In Duluth you can generally dress for the weather, whereas in other parts of the country you can only take off so much.
The weather cannot be adjusted to suit our tastes, but community pride is yet another issue. Duluth, overall, is a beautiful city with all the amenities. We have a fine retail base, outstanding secondary educational facilities, an ongoing development of our greatest asset, the shores of Lake Superior, cultural diversion and great medical facilities. We still have strong neighborhood diversions.
Community pride comes from within. Cleaning up our own property is the first step, and it can become contagious. Working with our neighbors is another important ingredient on the road to improved neighborhoods.
Why not look around and see for yourself which potential problems exist and consider ways to eliminate those problems. Talk it over with your neighbors. Maybe you and I can make a difference.
Dick Palmer is the former editor and publisher of the Budgeteer News.