Rich Harwood's Guest Column in the Herald-Tribune

Guest columnist: Reuniting your community
August 10, 2014
Rich Harwood

Many Americans think the country isn't on the right track. Divisiveness and acrimony have spilled into our public discourse and undermined our confidence that we can get things done together. But how can we change this and put our country -- and our communities -- on a better path?

There are no easy answers, but there are practical steps we can take. To begin with, we need to come together in a different way, identifying our shared aspirations for moving forward, focusing on common ground and demonstrating that we can make progress. We'll need everyone to step forward -- residents, leaders, businesses and nonprofits, among others -- to change how we talk about things and how things get done.

That's what I'll be doing this week in partnership with The Patterson Foundation. Together with the foundation's year-long Aspirations to Actions initiative, more than 70 people representing diverse interests and geographic areas -- from Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties -- have stepped forward to work on a range of issues they will select.

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