We're excited to inaugurate a new series for our Patch Readers: "Dispatches: The Changing American Dream."
Every day, the national media is full of stories about how American families, businesses, and neighbors are adjusting to these trying times. So many changes happening so fast can be dizzying: national debates about unemployment, foreclosures, debt, religion, government and private enterprise all touch on fundamental ways in which we see ourselves and our communities.
At Patch, we want to explore that conversation on a regular basis so we can better understand how our neighbors here in Tredyffrin and Easttown, are adjusting to the challenges and opportunities that surround us.
We don't think there's one American Dream, but a multitude of American Dreams which a multitude of people are working toward. Looking out across almost 900 Patch sites, we see businesses holding their breath deciding whether to expand; college graduates returning home because they can't find jobs; and senior citizens bringing boarders into their homes to help pay their bills. We also see bold new volunteer efforts, inspiring stories of local businesses that succeed because they innovated, and locals who've taken these trying times as a signal to engage more, not less, in their government.
At the purely local level, we want to know where we, as Upper Main Line neighbors, fit along these fault lines.
Nationally, the healthcare debate goes back and forth. Locally, because the job is not being done by local union workers. 45,000 over paying anything out of pocket for their health benefits. But what will the strike mean to their family's finances?
Nationally, there's a debate about the education system, which is at the center of our dreams of a better life for our children. Locally, the T/E School District just approved a and he district faces dire predictions of huge deficits in just five years. Now a committee of community members will grapple with and the questions loom about what is worth paying for when it comes to public education, how those answers will impact students' futures and property values today.
"Dispatches" will be built upon the compelling vignettes and snapshots we unearth across all of our Patch sites.
And, of course, we want your help: Tell us what issues and what stories in Tredyffrin and Easttown go to the heart of your American Dream.
Leave a comment or send an email to the editor: Bob.Byrne@Patch.com