As the year draws to a close and the holidays are upon everyone, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me in the short six months since I first sat in the seat of the Mayor of the City of Parma. Other than a small rise in blood pressure, my short tenure has gone quickly. Many great things are happening even as I write this article. Those will become apparent as the New Year moves along.
First, I want to wish all of the people that call Parma home, a very happy Christmas. This time of year can be stressful, but we must take time to appreciate those closest to us – our families and friends and our neighbors. Please take a few moments of your day this week and knock on the doors of your neighbors and wish them the very best of holidays.
I am not especially good at keeping New Year’s resolutions, but this year I want to be mindful of my responsibility toward you, the citizens of Parma. I want for our collective lives to be better this coming year than last year. I would want there to be less strife and more tolerance. I would want for everyone to have less need and more happiness. I want a town and community that supports change in a way that allows for growth. I want a community where people can voice concerns, where ears are made for listening, and minds are used for thoughtful consideration. I want a community that considers it more important to be US and not ME or I.
My wish is for everyone to pay their water and sewer bills on time and in full. My wish is for a healthier and happier populace. My wish is for community volunteerism to reach new heights and where compassion for our neighbor far out weighs our personal and individual needs. My wish for families who have lost loved ones is that they will find a sense of peace this season. I wish those who are suffering, moderation or lifting of that which causes them to be in pain and worry and fear.
The year 2015 can be better if we all join together to make it so. If you want something to be done, if you can do something to make something happen, then what you want to happen and what you can do to make it happen, will indeed happen. Perhaps that is the goal or motto that should be for the city, Parma – we want to, we can do, we will do. This is just a thought for you to think about.
And finally, I pray for our service men and women who are stationed in far away lands to be safe with the knowledge that we will support them in every way possible. I ask you to support them first in prayer and then in any other manner that you are able to – gift phone cards, letters of support, gift boxes or consider supporting the USO. Thank you.
May the joy of the season be with you through out the new year, and may the new year be better than the last one. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Nathan Leigh, Mayor