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Letter to the Editor: Be thankful for the city in which we live. By Randy Koehler

March 25, 2017 – West Bend, WI – I have in the past written about my travel experiences and the fact we are very fortunate. My recent trip to Albany, Georgia for a week compelled me to write again.

Albany is located in SW Georgia and has a population of roughly 75,000 people with a median household income of $28,900 compared to all of Georgia at $48,000.

Albany is made up of 71% blacks, 24% white and the remainder is mixed.

Currently unemployment sits at almost 12% and is evident by the fact the city is gradually falling apart.

More than 25% of those employed do not work within Albany. As I traveled the area I couldn’t help but notice how rundown the entire area is, gas stations, fast food, chain dining and most retail establishments were filthy and in disrepair.

Other than my hotel, which was clean, I saw not one facility I would be proud to own.

Windows, floors and walls are filthy, some chairs I was afraid to sit on and I clearly examined utensils before eating.

The economy is terrible, jobs are scarce and community pride is not evident.

I see people complain daily about how our city (West Bend) conducts business, how bad our roads are and how foolish our city leaders are.

As I travel I feel fortunate I live in a city with much pride, a city that cares about its neighbors and a city that provides a safe environment for my family.

The division among people must stop, we as a community and as a nation need to come together, throw aside differences and learn to work for the betterment of all.

This generation has lost middle ground, we have lost the ability to compromise and work together.

It is evident daily, we are a nation divided, a nation of us vs. them.

Let’s be thankful for what we have, let’s learn to disagree, but let’s also learn to compromise and work to understand each other.

As a community we need to put politics aside and remember we are all people of differing opinions, the attitude of us vs. them must stop!


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