HCC: a valuable community service

To the Editor:

Part of the character that defines our community is the enthusiasm of our residents. The letter submitted in the April issue of the Heights Observer regarding Heights Community Congress (“HCC should direct its efforts towards fighting blight”) is a good indication of that spirit, though perhaps somewhat misguided in its approach.

There is a lot of work to be done in our city, and people who live here have reason to desire cooperative efforts to provide positive change.

That being said, the best means to achieve that goal is by working together, not by goading a community organization into submission via the press.

We at HCC are proud of our mission to protect fair housing by monitoring home sales and rentals, and to promote viable, inclusive neighborhoods through diversity-focused programming. These are not outdated goals.

We work hard to provide a valuable service to our community, and welcome new ideas and insights to better serve our constituents. But working together should entail just that: working together. Exploring possibilities through the thoughtful exchange of ideas will yield better results than stating agendas.

A key component of our work at HCC is finding ways to help all of us appreciate one another. Our collective effort to create a stronger community will be more fruitful if we can build upon that foundation.

Respectfully submitted,

John Satola
President, Board of Directors
Heights Community Congress
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Volume 2, Issue 5, Posted 5:35 PM, 04.23.2009