JARED FLEMING: What kind of town does Reed City want to be?

TO THE EDITOR:

Living in a small town (Reed City) I am very aware of the situations most people face day to day. There are few jobs, and the jobs that are here are geared for long- term workers with families.

There is very little room for young adults to move up anywhere unless they leave the city. What you get now is a city with a depleating population of youth, and none of them have the intention to move back.

Without youth, a city will lose its own youthfullness, and in that a lack of energy and growth that is stimulated.

I cannot express how upset I am with the current politics of things in my home town. I know for a fact that several large companies were scouting the area as a location of expansion, only to be driven away by older populations wanting the town to remain “small and quiet.” As an intelligent and educated young adult I see the problem as that. I do not blame the older population for wanting their peace, and I also love the idea of a quaint and quiet hometown for kids to grow up in.

The problem here is that kids do not want to come back from lack of jobs, and not to mention the lack of activites.

The economy is not good. That is something we can all agree on.

If we cannot beat the economy in our small towns, we need to adapt and change to survive the forward moving world. That being said, change is coming whether we like it or not. Shall we sit around and wait for our small towns to decay, or should we adapt and thrive.

Bring back the pride, bring in growth, make our hometowns something worth sticking around for.

JARED FLEMING

Fleming Land Developments

Reed City

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