What an extraordinary community we live in. A family’s home exploded.
Scores of emergency services volunteers left their homes, jobs and families to assist. Within an hour, friends and neighbors organized to collect the basic necessities lost in the tragedy. By the end of the next day, thousands of dollars had been raised to help restore what was lost.
There is an epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse with insufficient treatment resources. This epidemic has taken the lives of too many young people from our community and communities nationwide.
There is a broken mental health infrastructure. Families are left searching for treatment and assistance from the inundated programs that still exist. The criminal justice system is left to deal with those who fall through the cracks.
There are Veterans who served our country who are being denied care for the wounds and illnesses received while protecting our freedom.
There are families who are affected by domestic violence.
The real challenges families who are caring for elderly relatives face.
Traffic accidents that cause loss of life, injuries and loss of property happen far too often.
We have squandered too much time, energy and passion over some paint on the street. It is important for us to remain focused on what makes Warwick a great community by working on solutions that are within our power to change.
The politics of divisiveness cause harsh words between friends and neighbors that are indelible. Time and elements will fade that painted line. What matters? The answer – Community!
ED MULLINS, WARWICK PBA PRESIDENT