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7/31/2012 9:29:00 AM
Letter: Williams needs the next generation

To the editor:

We have a wonderful community here in Williams, but I am concerned about what the future is going to have in store for us. The biggest example of this doubt was last weekend during the Relay for Life.

Despite many months of advertising, announcements, word-of-mouth campaigning, and many other means, the Relay was put on by a committee of only five or six people, myself included. By 1 a.m., the Relay Committee members and only a small handful of others were still present at the event, which goes until 6 a.m. Many people who have been involved in years past simply weren't involved to the extent that they have been previously.

During the Relay, I asked a few of them who came down what has caused the decline in not only Relay participants, but also other community events. The response was that many of the people who have been involved in the community for many years are getting a bit older and don't have the ability to be as active, and that very few people from the next generation are willing to step up to the plate and take the reins and carry these events into the future.

When I heard this, I immediately knew they were right. Our community has a large gap in it, due to the lack of quality jobs for our younger people. Many of these people leave Williams shortly after they graduate from high school, and make their livings and raise their families elsewhere. Sure, they come back and visit friends and family from time to time, but they aren't around to be active in the community and help organize these wonderful events and step into leadership roles. I know many people I went to school with that would be great assets to our community, but they have moved on and are living elsewhere, in places where they have the financial resources to live as they desire and start families.

If our city leaders don't make a push to bring in more employers to Williams, our future is very uncertain. What is going to happen when all of the current community leaders can't do it anymore? What is going to happen when our current city leaders decide to move on to a more relaxed retirement? Who will take over, and lead Williams into the future?

Our town is dying a slow death if we don't get more of our younger people to stay in Williams and become active in the community. I love this place, and want to stay here for the rest of my life. But without the resources for more people my age to stay in Williams and raise their families, I am worried about what the Williams of 20 years down the road is going to look like. We must find ways to keep our younger generation here, before it's too late.

Bobby Patricca

Williams, Ariz.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012
Article comment by: Williams Resident

To oh i'm so sure: There have been a few factories, that were turned down in this area. I believe the reason was lack of water. If you have lived here for many years, you would know this.

Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012
Article comment by: oh i'm so sure

Please name some of the "several plans for some job creation" that the city leaders turned down!!

Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

I look around at the homes for sale here and
the no jobs situation.People need jobs to make a living here.The city leaders for years have turned down several plans for some job creation.Some at the airport and surrounding areas.Theres more to the community than a narrow strip of stores in the middle of town.

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