GRAFTON is dying. It's obvious, and becoming more so with each passing day.
People are leaving, because there are no jobs ... because the community has become collectively and individually abusive and violent. Because people have become rude; people have become lazy, and people have just stopped caring.
It's not just Grafton - it's everywhere. The government has seriously let us down in many ways, and times are tough. However, there are simple ways we could better our community, yet no one cares. It seems as though people are giving up. When made redundant, it is too easy to fall back onto Centrelink because they hand out money to people who don't deserve it, and they are holding back from giving the money to people who do deserve it. People do not care about respecting others any more and instead get away with treating other people as badly as they feel the need.
And apparently society has become such a way that we are just supposed to sit back and take it. Unfortunately, there is nothing that a community can do in these situations - it is more or less up to family and friends to provide loved ones with the help that they need, whether the individual will recognise it or not.
But people have become so selfish that they no longer care for others and sometimes go out of their way to destroy the happiness of others.
Grafton itself could be a beautiful town. It could grow and flourish, perhaps even become more of a landmark then what it is.
But for that to happen, we need ideas. We need new people to be in charge of some operations. We need more people willing to go the extra mile to provide additional support to others. And we need to learn to recognise when people are in need of our help.
We need to stop being selfish people and become more of a community in order to try and prevent our town from becoming yesterday's news.