I’m a negative guy. Don’t believe me? Just ask most of our city leaders. Oh, they may be very polite and not say anything negative about me, but I doubt they would disagree with you if you ask them how negative I am. Take a look around town, and you can see where I’m coming from, right?
Here’s something you probably won’t hear from those city leaders though. You see, I’m not really a “negative” person. I’m a realist. I see a lot of crappy things here in town, and I feel like it needs to be dealt with.
We boast a poverty level that probably rivals some third world nations. We have an educational system that, well…it sucks. There’s no other way to really argue it. Frankly, that’s just the surface stuff. The reality is there’s a lot more that…well…sucks. I have a lot of negative stuff I could rail about.
However, I’m really not a negative person. If I were, I’d be gone. I’d bail from this town and find greener pastures. After all, there are plenty of places where I could have gone. I’d be job searching right now, looking anywhere that’s not here. Here’s the thing folks. I’m not.
I point out the bad things in this town because those are the things I hate. I really do hate to see so many people in this town living below the poverty line with no real hope of succeeding because they’re so uneducated. I may be able to leave, but where would these people go where their lives would be any better? Albany has let these people down, and unfortunately, most of them have no idea how it happened.
Yes, I point out the bad things it town, but you can’t correct problems unless you acknowledge them. This is something our leadership hasn’t done a good job of really addressing. They would have us believe they have dealt with the problems and that all they need is time. Unfortunately, more and more of our best and brightest bolt for parts unknown, eager to get away from the wasteland they see our community as, while the only influx of people we get are those who either can’t, or won’t, seek gainful employment. That’s assuming that the jobs were actually here.
I have pointed out issues with downtown, and been called more than a few names by some who disagreed with me. Frankly, I don’t care about that. What those people missed is how much I’ve written lately in defense of downtown and Aaron Blair. All of this is while I still remain unconvinced at the actual necessity for downtown to thrive. Yet, I’m the negative one.
I don’t hate Albany. I hate that Albany is falling apart at the seems, and there seem nothing is being done to fix the damage. We need to do better, at everything. All of us.