By Mayor Gary Fuller
Special to the
Hello Opelika –
A quick update from the Commission on Crime and Violence. We’ve had two very productive meetings thus far. The commission is made up of 32 citizens and our goal is to form four subcommittees with eight members on each.
The four focus areas are:
We want to begin the process of rebuilding the nuclear family which is the basic social unit consisting of parents and their children living in one household.
We cannot legislate good parenting, but we can work on strategies and programs to strengthen the family. Regarding youth, too many children are without parents or others to teach them right from wrong.
How can we engage youth to show them the moral value of hard work and study? We must work with our schools to encourage students to not drop out and to understand the value of a high school education. Our education committee will address these issues. Concerning resources, this covers a variety of entities — Churches, DHR, Boys & Girls Clubs, the Court system, as well as other agencies.
We do not have a quick-fix or overnight solution. It’s going to require a lot of work by committee members and it will take time. We didn’t get like this overnight and we won’t correct it overnight, either.
I want to thank all of our committee members for committing their hearts and time to help our community:
Keith A. Brown
Dr. Mark Neighbors
For more information, visit www.opelika-al.gov.