Enough already. I can't take it anymore, and I'm guessing you can't either. No more talk about the National Anthem, the NFL, and who's kneeling and who's not. 

I get it: we all have different opinions, and we feel pretty strongly about them. Great. I love to share news stories and memes and my opinion on social media. Maybe you do, too. But this week has been something more than just sharing. The outrage and anger and division is palpable.

There has to be a better way to respond to this controversy, no matter which side you're on. Like Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world".

You can start right here in Central New York. Right in your own backyard.

Here are things you can do that will help more than arguing on Facebook:

  • Call your local representative and advocate for policies that support your perspective on the kneeling controversy.
  • Support veterans by donating your time, money or food items to the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center or Feed Our Vets or another organization.
  • Reach out to an organization that supports at-risk kids, like The Neighborhood Center.
  • Donate food to your local food pantry. The times in between major holidays are always tough.
  • Help a neighbor. Does someone on your street need their lawn mowed? A little extra help with some chores? Lend a hand.
  • How about homeless animals? They don't know anything about politics, they just want some love and a warm home. Donate your time to an organization that helps our furry friends.

Any of these things will help you and our community more than arguing with your neighbors on social media.

What do you think?


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