What could $1M do for what matters?

Tribune Staff • Feb 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM

One million dollars. Any way you slice it, that’s a lot of money.

In the past year, we raised that much money and more to help save the catwalk.

Many will look at this as a tremendous accomplishment for a small community such as ours to rally around a cause.

We agree wholeheartedly. We view it as a challenge.

If we can raise $1 million to save the catwalk — a beautiful and historical addition to our south pier — just think of what we should be able to accomplish for those causes that truly matter in the lives of our residents.

In the past year, we’ve written series of articles exploring the escalating suicide rate in West Michigan, the rampant abuse of opioids and heroin in our own backyard, and those struggling with homelessness in the Tri-Cities.

There are children living in our community who regularly don’t have enough to eat. There are many across our area who can’t afford to heat their home.

These are problems that should consume us.

Just think of what $1 million would mean to those in our area struggling with hunger.

How many homeless families could we help find shelter? How many hungry mouths could we feed? How many people with a mental illness or addiction could we help?

Please don’t read this the wrong way — we’re not saying not to contribute to the upcoming push to rebuild the Imagination Station. That’s a fantastic project that will help revitalize one of the jewels of our city.

And we’re not putting down the tireless efforts of those who rallied to save Grand Haven’s catwalk. Countless people went above and beyond to help preserve that part of our history.

But when you find yourself in a charitable mood, please remember all of those who could benefit from your hard-earned and generously given dollars.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Matt DeYoung, Mark Brooky, Alex Doty, Josh VanDyke and Duncan MacLean. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to [email protected] or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

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