Resolve to make Selma a better place

Published 7:50 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Every year when Jan. 1 rolls around, we make resolutions geared toward self-improvement. These resolutions range from new hairstyles and new jobs to weight loss and physical fitness. Despite their differences, they are all geared toward some form of self-improvement.

This year, it would be nice to see people add improving Selma and Dallas County to the list. In this, the final week of 2011, ask yourself what you can do to make Selma and Dallas County a better place to work, live and raise a family.

There is plenty that everyone can do, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort. First, shop locally. If there is something you can pick up in Selma instead of Prattville, Montgomery and Birmingham, buy it at home. The addition of movies in Selma is sure to make this task much easier because it will hopefully cut down on the number of people travelling out of town for entertainment.

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Second, if you have children, become involved in their schools. Our local educators will tell you it never hurts to have volunteers around to help their school put its best foot forward. Third, if you see a crime taking place, don’t be afraid to call the police or sheriff’s departments. There are plenty of anonymous witness hot lines that will allow you to blow the whistle on crimes without worrying about retaliation. Selma has plenty of potential, but it is up to its citizens to turn potential into reality. Let’s all make a serious effort to put Selma back on the map as an attractive draw for new businesses and new families.