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Change can be frightening

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I work at the Folsom History Museum. I often hear someone say, “They’ve taken out the trees and the center median. They’re ruining this town.” I understand what they are saying. They liked the median strip and they don’t like change. On the other hand, it takes a lot more than taking down trees to “ruin” a town. A town falls into ruin when its citizens stop thinking of themselves as part of a community. In a community we care about the greater good, we talk to our neighbors and say hello to strangers on the street. We respect the property and sensibilities of others. We pay attention to our driving because the safety of others is as important as our own. We do our purchasing locally as much as possible. We support and become involved in our community charitable, sports, fine arts, education and, historical preservation organizations because the work they do is for our community. There is no “they,” there is only “us.” Center medians can come and go but our town can only stay wonderful if we work to make it so. One more thing, right now, if you stand in the middle of Sutter Street and look up the street toward Reilly, the street (without the cars) looks very much like it did in the 1880s. We have the pictures in the Folsom History Museum to prove it. Melissa Pedroza, Folsom