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Sense of community lost in columns

Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2006

The old Clarion column, Neighbors, made us aware of ourselves in the plural and as members of small communities within the larger community served by the Peninsula Clarion. The old column’s gossipy familiarity fostered down-home appreciation that we are neighbors thus helping bond us together in the plurality of our communal existence.

The new Neighbors column treats us as discrete units, one-at-a-time, as individuals — at the expense of a sense of community.

We all like and need to feel ourselves part of something larger than our individuality, as part of a community, which the old column helped foster for us. Moreover, a sense of community, an awareness of other folks as neighbors is critical to polite conversation about issues like taxes, hospital bonds, resource allocation, and much, much more.

Please consider returning the Neighbors column to the old format, while perhaps making a column about our individuality a part of the Clarion’s Peninsula Life feature.

John Nelson

Soldotna



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