Niagara Gazette —
Isabella’s death stirred the whole city. Hundreds came out to the vigil the night she was found, as a clear, emotional protest against a world where little girls can get killed by those supposed to keep them safe.
And most everyone wonders ... How do we fight against the violence that darkens the corners of this city — and of every impoverished city? How do we make a dent against the senseless violence?
There is only one answer. This doesn’t come from the heart of a liberal who wants to solve other people’s problems. This comes from the heart of a mother who believes people should be taught to solve their own problems.
Believe me, there is hope out there. Everyday that I walk and drive through these neighborhoods, I am touched by the many homes that are carefully tended, and lovingly groomed. Those homes strike me as islands of hope in a city where there sometimes seems not much to hope for.
But, we all know people who are trying to do better and trying to make things better. I surely do. I meet them everyday.
My belief is that if you want to fight the violence, the poverty and the hopelessness, the very easiest thing to do is to support those out there who are working to create change.
They are called change agents. They are the ones leading the way out of the darkness. They reside in every city. They represent the unfolding of thousands of ideas on how to make things better. Sometimes, they work alone.
You want the world to be a better place, find a change agent and give them your support. Better yet, step into the fray and do one tiny thing to make the world a better place. Then, you will become an agent for change.
Without a doubt, there is only one way to fight the darkness and that is to fortify the light. I believe that is the best way to honor Isabella and all the little ones just like her.
Contact Features Editor Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.