Many of you know me from my Disney travel blog. Today, however, I am writing as a concerned citizen of Rochester Hills. Since I started blogging on the Rochester Patch about a month ago, I’ve become increasingly distressed by the way we as a community are interacting with each other on this site. We are all neighbors, yet we are treating each other like trash. Over and over again, in the "comments section" of various blogs and articles, people are being insensitive and downright cruel to each other. I’ve observed this animosity extending even to the most benign topics, like downtown eateries and vacation destinations.
Perhaps I am just an idealist, but I simply cannot comprehend the disdain and blatant disregard for other people's feelings that is being continuously spewed in these comments. As neighbors and fellow human beings, we should be supportive and respectful of each other. The exchange of ideas is crucial in any community; however, we can and should disagree without being hateful and insulting.
This site provides a unique opportunity for citizens to share their expertise, opinions, and stories. When we treat each other so abhorrently, however, we defeat this purpose entirely. I think it is important to remember that we are all people with feelings. We are parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, college students, police officers, firefighters, and small business owners. We all have families and friends who we love and who love us in return. We all are somebody’s wife, husband, daughter, son, mother, father, aunt, uncle, or friend. Rochester-Rochester Hills is an amazing area in which to live. Let's do it justice. Let’s be role models for our children. Let’s commit to being civil to one another, let’s stand up to those who refuse, and let’s live up to the meaning of the words "neighbor" and "citizen”.