A recent Indianapolis Star news article highlighted the struggles of small towns across Indiana by revealing a real life circumstance in Rushville. In regards to the news article, written by Mathew Tully and published on March 8, I personally appreciated Mayor Pavey’s candor when he described aspects and attitudes on our community to Tully. (Tully: Small towns need help to create opportunity - http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014303070061)
“Collective” honesty about the condition of our environment and of its people truly opens the door for thoughtful dialog to occur and I hope this will be the case. People in this community, Rush County as a whole, are divided on how they choose to view life here. One group perceives with rose-colored glasses because everything in “their” world might be grand and so they either do not comprehend the realities or else they choose to ignore them. Another segment perceives with blinders on because all they can ‘feel’ is the complete and inevitable helpless downfall of what once was. Alas, and most importantly, a portion of our population takes an empathic view to recognize we are somewhere in the middle of the two main opposing groups of “ecstasy and agony.”
I think it is important that some local leaders appear to grasp that empathetic mindset. More endearing is that this younger generation of leaders is openly seeking feedback from the public, which is likely quite rare. That willingness to ask for input is what may well help to repair this community. No individual and no one certain group or class has all the answers. A person with a broken down car, worn out clothes, and little education can have solid ideas the same as the college graduate dressed in business clothes and driving a brand new car. Publically thinking “out of the box” is a quality long missing from leadership where time has stood still in the county. Let us not lose sight of these newer creative attempts to rejuvenate the environment.