I suppose I should blame it on my job. Each and every day, I aim to write fair and balanced stories, which present both sides of any situation. Minimally, I always give each “side” a chance to speak. They don’t always take it, but part of being a good journalist means keeping your own opinions out of things.
For a mouthy, opinionated redhead, this can be very challenging to say the least. Regardless, I love what I do, and outside of very close friends and family, I try not to vent my seemingly endless frustrations with the outside world.
So far, as a mom and a local journalist, I’ve had an amazing opportunity of late to get an up-close and personal look at the way our community works. As a parent, I want to be informed. As a local citizen, I want to be informed. Thankfully, the upside of my job is I get to do both as I work.
If I had a dollar for every time I wanted to stand up and give our township supervisors or school board members a piece of my mind … well, let’s just say I wouldn’t have to worry about working. But given my role to be fair and just, I zip my lip. I have to. It wouldn’t be right of me to share my personal feelings as I try to present balanced news to my community.
Regardless of your opinions on the status of the local community, the way our local government works or doesn’t work, the way our school board is operated … I could go on and on … you should share those opinions. You, as a local resident are not tied to the same tongue-biting that this Montco Mommy is.
There are countries in which citizens fight long and bloody wars just to get a chance to do what most Americans take for granted: vote, be heard, voice an opinion. I’ve lived in my community for going on seven years now. Given my line of employment, I probably get to see and hear more than the average mom, but parents throughout our township ought to care what kind of world their children are living in.
Most likely do care. They get tied up in the day-to-day and don’t always have time to run to a public meeting or write that email to a school board member. As a busy mom myself, I can totally understand it.
The problem is, as you busy yourself with work, house chores, laundry, dishes, cooking, sports practices, homework and bath times, you might be missing out on some of the pretty major things going on around you and your family. The aim of LP TAP of course is to make that more simple for you, so I hope that my work is doing so, keeping you informed with minimal effort. A simple click of that Facebook link does the trick, in those fleeting and brief quiet moments that you get to yourself.
I get it, I really do. It is hard to do it all. No mom I know thinks she has it nailed down and all running smoothly. And if she tells you she does, she is lying.
We all have our own chaotic, busy lives to lead, but don’t let that hectic schedule force you to be an ostrich with her head buried in the sand. There are a lot of things happening here in your local community, and you should care about that.
Tune into LP TAP to help you, but also drop into a public meeting once and a while. Share your thoughts with your elected leaders. Sharing your voice doesn’t just happen once a year on Election Day. You should be an active participant in the community around every day.
I’ll get down now, off of my soapbox, but I hope you will take my place. Share your thoughts! Stay informed! Be a member of our community, and trust me, your kids will thank you for it when you leave them a better world!
Melissa S. Treacy is the co-owner and publisher of Treacy Media Holdings, operator of TAP into Lower Providence and North Penn. She resides in Lower Providence with her son, 9, and daughter, 6, and husband and co-owner James Treacy. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously was employed by Montgomery Newspapers, as a reporter and then managing editor for the Spring-Ford Reporter and Valley Item. She then worked for Broad Street Publishing as an executive editor for My Community Trend, a Sunday suburban community insert to the Philadelphia Inquirer. After the Inquirer, Melissa was the Regional Editor for Montgomery County Patch.com sites, a chain of hyperlocal community news sites operated by AOL. She enjoys coaching her children's sports teams, playing with her half rot/half black lab Kaya, cooking new recipes and hanging out with her Rogers Road neighborhood. Contact her anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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