One senior's opinion: Let your voice be heard

A quiet revolution is taking place in several suburbs surrounding Cleveland. Residents are being encouraged to put pen to paper, fingertips to keyboard to let their individual and collective voices be heard. The vehicle which is responsible for promoting community-written newspapers is called the Observer. Residents in Lakewood, Parma, University/Cleveland Heights and Collinwood are publishing their papers under the Observer name.

Resident-written newspapers have been in existence since our country's beginning. Small towns still publish newspapers written by local journalists and reporters, however, those living near cities such as Cleveland must rely on daily papers for the written news.

We are being given a unique opportunity to report local news, share thoughts and opinions, and voice that pride we so often feel as residents of Westlake and Bay Village. As the trend toward regional government gains ground, I believe it is important to preserve the connectedness and vitality shared by those who live, work and are being educated in our community.

I enjoy sharing my experiences by writing for the Observer and would like to see more people share theirs. We are fortunate to be able to express our opinions freely on the pages of the Observer. It is refreshing to read a newspaper which focuses on the positive. Of course, there will be dissenting opinions and that's fine, but it is pleasant not to see a list of crime-related stories making headlines.

I'm asking readers to support the Observer as a means of strengthening community bonds and sharing pride in our accomplishments. Perhaps, someday, the silent revolution will extend as far as our nation's capital, letting our elected officials know that our country is a composite of local communities who respect and support one another and who work tirelessly for the common good. Write for the Observer and let your voice be heard.

Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 8:59 PM, 03.05.2010