Letter: Chico is strongest when we work together
Stand Up for Chico is a coalition of concerned citizens who are fed up with ugly rhetoric and poor representations of our community, and believe Chico deserves better.
Whether it’s disrespectful remarks and threats on social media or crass signs at the entrances to town, the rudeness and mean-spiritedness is out of control. Add to that a right-wing PAC’s low-brow rhetoric, mocking caricatures, name-calling and misinformation, and Chico doesn’t feel like the friendly community we know and love anymore.
The past two years have been tough. Our current council was sworn in while the Camp Fire was still burning. A disaster of that magnitude, a whole town wiped out and Chico taking on an additional 20,000 people overnight left us shaken. Then, just as our communities began to recover, COVID-19 brought us down again. Add to that the twin national crises of homelessness and opioids, and we’ve faced a perfect storm.
We want our community back. We want a hometown where we can disagree, sometimes vehemently, but come together when it counts. We want a hometown where it’s understood that we all want to live in a clean, safe and beautiful community. We want a hometown where we aren’t being pitted against each other with misinformation, manipulation, and a refusal to consider realistic solutions.
After the Camp Fire, we showed what we could accomplish when we worked together. It’s time to do it again. Join us in celebrating Chico while working towards realistic solutions for our community. We deserve better. www.standupforchico.com.
— Angela McLaughlin, Chico