The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

September 12, 2013

Peace begins on our front sidewalks

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All was ready to go, and they did! While we were working on the bike, a neighbor woman stopped and admired the fact that we were working together to get him going again. I didn’t even look up but said, “Yeah, I love helping people ride bikes.”

That was the first time in two years of living here that I had a chance to meet my neighbors, especially to do anything for them. As I entered my apartment I thought, man that felt good to do that — like I’m a part of the community now. I felt safer, warmer, happier...

The next day someone asked me to write this article and I knew exactly what to write! At best, peace begins on our front sidewalk!

The Clinton Peace Coalition invites community members to show their support for peace in our community, by participating in this year’s Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace on Thursday, Sept. 19. Pre-walk activities will begin at 4:45 p.m. at Clinton Community College, with the opening program beginning at 5:15 p.m. The walk will begin at 5:30 p.m., concluding at Ashford University with a short closing program and refreshments. All are welcome to attend this free, community event. The Peace Walk is planned by the Clinton Peace Coalition. Members of which are comprised from Clinton Community College, Sisters of St. Francis, YWCA-Clinton, Ashford University, Prince of Peace Schools, Unity Center of Clinton, and community members. For more information about the Peace Walk, please contact Mardell Mommsen at (563) 244-7006 or visit the YWCA website at www.ywcaclinton.org.

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