"Residents 4 Arkansas" West Memphis Chapter our priorities are this, and these are in no certain order.
1. Crime and our communities. Unfortunately tragic news it seems is all but a stones throw away from our front doors. All one has to do is look in any given direction of West Memphis and you'll see what I'm talking about.
The prevention of violent crime starts by getting everyday residents actively engaged inside of our very communities and standing up for what we believe in. Neighborhoods are the key. A stronger community will lead to a stronger city!
2. Education, (better schools for our children, higher paid and motivated public educators. Public educators hold one of the most important jobs in our city. Each and everyday we entrust them with our most precious of gifts, namely our children, and sadly it's a known fact that they are WAY underpaid.
3. Our struggling veterans and homeless residents: Right now in the city of West Memphis there are over 4500 vets. There's so much to say about this, but the sad fact is that we have some homeless members of our city who have fought hard for this country and now we must fight for them. These brave men and women have risked their lives for your freedom and tragically some have become addicted to drugs. We must work to help them, and we must act NOW!
4. Small business owners: These men and women are the economic backbone of our great country. Now this is going to sound insanely simple but it's true, we must do more of our shopping at these local establishments. So what if "Joe's" grocery doesn't stock a Nintendo wii, or a flat-screen TV. How many times to we go to Wal-mart only for the added convenience of distractions, and how many times do we actually buy a big-screen TV when we're shopping for groceries anyway?
Starting in December 2010 and for 900 days after that we plan on reevaluating every aspect of West Memphis, taking the time to reacquaint ourselves with her every nook and cranny. When the time is right we're going to announce further plans for economic development. Through open and frank discussion with each and every member who is willing to talk we will stand ready to carry our city into a bright future. It all begins here, and it all begins NOW! Our goals are simple....a better and safer West Memphis and NEA, brought about by YOU and I working together for it.
With Humble Regards
Kenneth Wade Aden
Director: "Residents 4 Arkansas" West Memphis Chapter
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