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Salem's Next Mayor Must Forge Intergenerational LinksBarry Lee-Coyne Salem-News.com
Misunderstanding makes for misinterpretation, and can inevitably lead to mischief.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The Mayoral Sweepstakes are over and our new mayor-elect is longtime community activist Anna Peterson. While she is a novice to elective office, she certainly has made a career of community outreach. There's a definite need that exists, and we all hope she can exert her magic.
To my way of thinking, the Generation Gap is a prime issue. Not only are young people considered our future leaders but how their values develop is everybody's business. Misunderstanding makes for misinterpretation, and can inevitably lead to mischief. Accordingly, as a civic catalyst myself, I'd love to offer several vital recommendations.
All those in favor of any of these suggestions, raise your hands. Even better, send an email to the city manager, Linda Norris, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She can make dreams into realities.
Salem-News.com Community Writer Barry Lee Coyne brings to our readers stories from his combined career of journalism and gerontology, and explains that these paths shaped his values. Lee Coyne once worked for The Civil Service Leader in NY State and covered the Legislature. He has also done features on mediation and arbitration, and believes in healthy skepticism. This writer-therapist often views the world as the masks of comedy and tragedy placed upon the scales of justice. For him, optimism inevitably wins. "Lyrical Lee" has traveled to 30 nations aboard and was once a press intern at the UN. His first published article was in The NY Daily News in '59, dealing with the need for integrity in public office.
He also launched the nation's first tele-conference on health education for shut-ins, created the Eldermentors project in VA to pair retirees with immigrant students needing role models, and was the main catalyst behind CCTV's "Public Public" panel show here in Salem. Lee received his BA in International Relations and an MSW in community organization. He currently serves as a member of Salem's Library Advisory Board. To send Lee an email, please write to this address: email@example.com
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