Column – City must build on its diversity, not follow divisive path

Published 7:13 pm Friday, January 27, 2023

Suffolk is home to pockets of diverse communities that work together as one organic system. Communities are not always easy to maintain; complications will always rise to occasion; therefore, the way the community tackles these situations will determine the health of the system itself.

When a community is growing in population it is very important to be open and communicate with all of the public on all of the changes that are coming to the city. This open line of communication will allow the people’s voice to be heard and respected. All must be welcomed and have a seat at the table; and we must not seclude the voices of those that cultivate the survival of the community in times of stress, need and survival.

What makes Suffolk special is the peaceful fellowship one can see among the diverse communities in this beautiful city. This can be seen at the Peanut Festival, Fourth of July Festival, Taste of Suffolk, Pow Wow and many more celebrations and festivals across Suffolk.

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It can be seen in the local coffee shops and breweries. It can even be seen in the halls of the Ruritan meeting houses; which was formed locally in Suffolk back in 1928, to kindle the fire of fellowship among the community service activities and spread goodwill across the land. These places are where the people’s cultures are secured; and where the people go to fellowship with one another. It has replaced city hall in the department of community outreach in some ways.

The key element that allows the system to flourish as one Suffolk community is the fellowship amongst all the individual communities and their representatives in the city. Therefore, by keeping the fellowship, it will secure the self-sustainability of the community in times of uncertainty; allowing a constant line of communication and the ability to help one another in times of need.

In today’s world, America is seeing times of multiple nationwide complications and uncertainty; either be manufacturing, agriculture or industrial issues. On top of that, the mainstream media, on both sides of the political psyop, is feeding the country social divisiveness. All of this is happening at a time in world history where a Fourth Industrial Revolution is being discussed among the elites of the world; for which will bring many life changing decisions that may trickle down from the federal level; and will be imperative to the path of survival and structure of our society going forward.

We must not allow that divisiveness to blind our eyes to the importance of keeping the community we are growing and holding to the constitutional freedom that we harbor among the fellowship of individual communities. This is the community where our kids grow and live in, and keeping that matters wholeheartedly.

Suffolk should be confidently reminded of the diverse self-sustainable community we already have; ranging from the agriculture community that can feed the city in times of a true hunger crisis; or the church community that provides help for the needy in Suffolk, and that will work off the clock to help lend a hand in times of distress; or the mechanics that build and run the infrastructure we dwell in, including the water sources that we all drink from. All of these communities have two things in common: they will serve in times of need and they are the ones that will provide for the city when all else fails. So we must include their input in all aspects of city planning and agendas, and we must not abandon the primitive communities that are here in Suffolk.

Getting active in the community and fellowshipping with each other is the way we will grow together as one collective community made up of unique individuals. The Declaration of Independence laid the groundwork for the civic community to respect everyone’s individual rights under the constitutional order of Natural Law. The survival of each other depends upon people getting active in the community. We must be open and accepting to all honest individual communities that plant seeds in the collective community garden of Suffolk.


Drew Varner resides in Suffolk and is president of Suffolk Ruritan Club.