Proactive meeting is refreshing

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. would certainly have been proud of one thing that occurred in his honor Monday.

Moments after the crowd gathered at Doty Road Church of God in Ferriday completed a special service observing the life of King, they rolled right into a business meeting of sorts addressing problems and possible solutions facing the community.

Though it’s unlikely anyone walked away from the meeting with the answer to all the community’s woes, the open line of communication is refreshing.

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Organized by the church’s pastor the Rev. Simeon Green, the community action meeting shows that people are working to fulfill King’s dream.

The group, which included the police chief and his assistant, focused in large part on crime.

Police Chief Kenneth Hedrick asked for help.

“One big thing we need is the Neighborhood Watch program,” he said. “We can always use help from the community, and I sure would like to get it going.”

A few organized folks will be necessary to truly get the Neighborhood Watch program up and rolling, but everyone in town can make a difference without even trying.

Keeping your eyes and ears open and being willing to call in anything suspicious you witness is at the heart of what Hedrick wants — and what Ferriday needs.

That sounds like an easy solution to us. Let’s get to work and see if we can put a dent in a few of these problems that worry us all.