Be the best that you can be.
As JFK said three generations (60 years) ago, “For of those to whom much is given much is required.” And as the Bible [Luke 12:48] said 20 centuries (2000 years) ago, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”
However in today's world, schools and community decision-makers are being given large sums of monies for school safety plans, for health and safety plans, and for economic relief plans, with little to no oversight and transparency requirements on how the money is spent.
So, everybody needs to know that you have a right to know and an obligation to care about what is right, just, equitable, fair and ethical. More so and more than ever before, there needs to be more oversight and more transparency on how these monies are being spent for our collective well-being.
Today, due to this current pandemic, everybody is essentially on the honor system, so please honor our essential workers, essential services, and our environment.
If you think about this, some of our most essential and most important rights, are our rights for clean air, clean water and clean soil. These are the essential cornerstones to all life on earth. In fact, air pollution significantly harms the quality of our soil and water resources, causing significant harm to the health and well-being of all of us, and especially to the health and well-being of our children.
So, we need to pull our range of resources and expertise to help expect the best practices and results for what may be a once in a lifetime funding opportunity.
I believe we should not just expect the best, we should take some action and responsibility to help ensure that things are done right, just, fair, equitably, transparently, and ethically. There is no place in our political system or our ecosystem for ethnocentrism ( def. - "thinking one's own group's ways are superior to others" or "judging other groups as inferior to one's own)."
Thank you and stay safe,
Dennis Smiddle - Executive Director of FANS 4 HELP (a new 2020 nonprofit).