As a lifelong (67 years) resident of Carrick who has been involved in community improvement efforts for decades, I am writing to support the positive job state Rep. Harry Readshaw has done over the past 20 years. While some of those responsible for the decline of ethics in government and in our streets and neighborhoods have made headlines for the wrong reasons, Rep. Readshaw has continued to effectively promote positive collaborative initiatives and legislation that protected people and communities. I’ll leave the legislative and political issues to public record, but I want to share a few highlights of which I’m personally aware.
As our representative and neighbor, Rep. Readshaw orchestrated the funding and cooperation that it took to construct our fantastic recreation center in Phillips Park, a community center that provides a safe place off the streets for thousands of youth and people of all ages to exercise and participate in activities and sporting events at all levels. He was also very involved in the total redesign of the dangerous crossroads at Becks Run Road, Madeline Street and Agnew Avenue, which significantly reduced decades of constant dangerous and frustrating traffic situations.
Over the years, Rep. Readshaw has directly supported local community beautification projects that improved our neighborhoods and helped make the community monument to our beloved veterans a more attractive and appropriate memorial.
I’ll make it clear that all of these local projects required collaboration and cooperation between government agencies, private corporations and concerned citizens, but my observation is that Rep. Readshaw made them happen. That is what I have seen as his strength: pulling together those who are willing to be concerned and be involved in improving our community.
I will continue to support old guard or new guard if they share the ethics and commitment I have seen from Rep. Readshaw.
I am delighted at the level of competence and commitment I feel we now have with the men and women who represent our community’s interests at all levels of government. I hope we can continue to work together not as people and politicians, but as citizens and neighbors helping to make our little corner of the world a better place.