Everyone can help Selma develop

Published 11:12pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Selma could use a fresh coat of paint. I am not speaking altogether of the old dilapidated buildings either, however, that would be a nice start. What Selma needs is a new fresh invigorated image projected to the public.

There is hardly anywhere in the world you can travel that has not heard of Selma. We have traveled extensively here and abroad, and you would be surprised how many people have a news media image of Selma.

While Selma is not as good as we would like, it is not as bad as perceived by others.

Selma has problems as does most everywhere else.

The election of Mayor George Evans four years ago was encouraging. I think most would agree he has been a stabilizing factor in the community. There seems to be much needed civility restored to the political discourse in city government. Good work has been accomplished during his tenure, but there remains much to be done.

While Mayor Evans has made strides toward improving Selma’s image, he cannot do it alone. There must be help and support from the citizenry to right the ship. We need to project a new image of unity in purpose, cooperation and moving Selma forward toward being a model city open for business and visitation.

We need safe streets and neighborhoods to travel and live in. I am sure the crime rate in Selma is a major concern of most who live here and those looking to visit or start a business here. There is hardly a week goes by without a senseless shooting taking place. Uniformed police officers are needed to patrol the streets and neighborhoods. We so seldom see a patrol car through our neighborhood; it makes you wonder what has happened when it occurs.

I understand the police force to be short about 12 officers who are badly needed on the streets. A police presence is a powerful deterrent to drug transactions, vandalism, gang activity and neighborhood crimes. However, this is an area where law-abiding citizens can help too by reporting suspicious activity and individuals. It is our civic duty to report law violators who threaten the peace and tranquility of our city. Get involved, it is your city too.

Sprucing up, taking a bite out of crime, brushing up on civility, and staying out of the national spotlight will go a long way toward polishing up Selma’s image and making it attractive for living, investing and new businesses.

In fact, there is nothing wrong with Selma an old-fashioned Holy Ghost revival that sweeps the entire city would not cure.


  • D-man

    Not to mention all of the “money” moving out of selma….

    that leaves tourism and a “positive image” as selma’s main protector and income provider…

    and, also why 105.3 should stay off the air and the great “instigator of negativity” Perkins should stay out of office…

  • popdukes12

    Sorry James…Brick and mortar improvements alone won’t change Selma’s image. When you mention Selma in neighboring cities the vision you hear is of social/moral concerns for the city. If you were to go from door to door in the more impoverished areas of Selma, you will find example after example of grandmothers raising grandchildern on her $425/month SSI check while the mother hasn’t been seen for days as she is out running the streets with her next “baby’s daddy”. The mother gets the WIC and ADC checks and foodstamps while the grandmother has very little to attempt to raise the grandchildern. Being raised like this, the childern can’t help but have a warped vision of reality and social norms. More than police officers, the state needs to supply more caseworkers. I don’t know the formula concerning the allocation of manpower for these efforts, but I can assure you that the manning is insufficient in the Selma area. Pops

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