It’s Time for Rochester to Lead from the Bottom Up

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Rochester Business Journal //

David Blankenhorn of the Institute for American Values asserts, “We Americans didn’t necessarily think our way into political polarization, but we’ll likely have to think our way out.”

by John Calia

When I tell people I moved to Rochester from Florida, the responses range from a quizzical stare to a blunt question: “Why would you do that?” I endeavor to explain that I never felt a sense of community living in Florida. Yet, few understand. Those of you who have lived here most or all of your lives take for granted the stewardship of local leaders and the strength of local institutions.

Now, more than ever, it’s important that we not take our community for granted.

Our national culture now equates loudness with leadership and abrasiveness with authority. We are beset by media that seeks to inflame more than inform, state and federal governments that tax too much and deliver too little, and business and political leaders who seek to aggrandize themselves more than to deliver for their communities.

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