2013-05-31 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

So it seems that the summer is finally here and we have much to be thankful for. We can thank God for bringing us through the storm. Hurricane Sandy caused a lot of damage but it also brought out some of the best and exposed some of the worst that living on a peninsula has to offer.

Moving forward we must look at the after effects of the storm and how we can make sure that we are better prepared for the future. It is time that the community wakes up and takes more of an active role in the decisions that are being made for the future of the Rockaways. Some of you may not realize it but there is still a City Council election set to take place in November. Our newly elected Councilman Donovan Richards was elected to complete the term of our now Senator James Sanders Jr. which means this is similar to a probation period.

There are some serious issues that need to be addressed. The recent legal battles surrounding the NYPD policy of “Stop and Frisk,” calls into question the relationship between the community and our police department.

There are millions of dollars that have been allocated to rebuild our community, we must question, “where are these dollars being spent?” Who has been designated to decide where the money will be spent and what are the qualifications? These are serious issues that need real answers.

This is not specifically directed at anyone, my point is that the Rockaways have suffered enough. This has been a community divided for far too long. Who and where are the community leaders?

I don’t know how long I will be granted this opportunity but I do know that our children deserve better. I have been blessed to grow up in a loving environment. My parents tried to give me all the tools I would need to succeed. They planted good seeds and offered great support. It has taken 40 years but now some of their hard work and struggle is starting to bear fruit.

At the end of the day we are all like farmers, each one of us has the opportunity to plant seeds in the lives of others.

What kind of seed will you plant? Will you plants seeds of hard work and dedication or will you plant seeds of discourse and deception? In either event the moral is you reap what you sow, so be careful.

Every seed does not mature at the same time, it may take years for you see the fruit of your labor. Do not be discouraged. Some things that you plant may not be for your benefit, however, you can make sure that the future generations will be sustained.

What do you think? please send your suggestions and comments to shiverswave@gmail.com

Let’s wake up, get involved in what’s going on in your community but more importantly, read The Wave!

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