Mary McClintock: Acts of good citizenship takes many forms

Published: 12-05-2023 3:27 PM

Thank you for publishing Pat Hynes’ great column, “Local to Global!” I learn a lot from Pat’s columns and the insights she shares on issues impacting our daily lives in Franklin County and how they connect to national and global issues. I particularly appreciated Pat’s Nov. 30, 2023 column “Beacons of civilization and citizenship” and her highlighting the powerful work done locally by Karen Boyden with Dippy’s Closet, Kirsten Levitt and her colleagues at Stone Soup Cafe, and Gloria Matlock and her colleagues with Twice as Smart. Karen, Kirsten, and Gloria are marvelous examples of women who have recognized a need in our community and pulled together community members to meet that need. Reading about them made me appreciate their hard, smart, caring work and also made me think of other people in our community who step up to lead community efforts to meet the needs of our neighbors.

Pat echoes Jane Addams in calling these acts of “citizenship” and reminds us that acts like these are the core of civilization. Indeed. In a world where wars and rampant profiteering tear apart and impoverish communities, we all need to step up to the work of being good citizens. That work can take many forms. What connects all of these efforts is caring for community and willingness to use our skills and knowledge to meet community needs. What acts of good citizenship are you doing this month and in the year ahead?

Mary McClintock


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