FLOYD INGRAM: Quality of life in Clarksdale
We hear people talking about quality of life all the time. It’s one of those heartwarming phrases that are loved by local, state, and federal politicians when they want to say something good without actually saying something.
Think about it. What is the quality of life?
A person’s health is one of the factors when we talk about a person’s quality of life, just like the size of their wallet or the success of their children.
Industry and institutions grasp this concept, for example when schools talk about great test scores, the winning baseball team, or the enthusiasm of their teachers. Companies seek it to attract people to neat, clean offices, with managers who work hard to develop young talent and a corporate culture that recognizes and rewards hard work.
Cities and towns have it too. And this quality of life is very similar to the quality of life of individuals, industry and institutions.
Questions that lead to the truth are the best way to come up with answers and solve problems
How healthy is our community? How safe is our community? How clean is our community? Is there a winning attitude in this city? Do residents have enthusiasm for their community? Are we working to attract people to the city? Do we welcome them when they get here?
Can people find what they need in Clarksdale? Is there a list somewhere that lists what is missing in Clarksdale? Are there people in our city who then go out and recruit people, businesses and services to fill those gaps? Do we have leaders who are trained, educated, and talented to solve problems and find solutions? Do we recognize and reward hard work and success? Are we working to keep things clean, pick up litter, sweep our streets and haul unwanted cars?
Ask for help
I haven’t been here long, but asking questions is a long-time job. The questions I asked above are issues that Clarksdale – as a community – must answer.
Parts of Clarkdale are safe communities, efforts are being made to clean up, and we are seeing a flourishing of a rejuvenated economy and the winning attitude that a positive business climate brings. Unfortunately, we still have detractors, we need more people moving to the city, and we should always smile sincerely when we welcome someone – foreign and local – to our neighborhood, our business or our church.
Don’t fight the change
Clarksdale has people who want things to change – who want things to improve – and they’re willing to roll up their sleeves to make it happen. This town is blessed with people who love Clarksdale and sell it whenever they get the chance. We need to find more ways to recognize and reward their hard work.
Clarksdale is a great place to live. Too often that uniqueness and charm along with the poverty and gloom is lost on the people who have lived here their entire lives. For them, it’s just the way it always has been.
My suggestion is to find a way to rally the troops, chart a course and overcome the obstacles that stand in our way. Because nothing less than the quality of life we ââcall Clarksdale is at stake.
Floyd Ingram is a horn and drumming cheerleader for Clarksdale and urges you to join him in his quest. You can reach him at your Clarksdale Press Register at 627-2201.