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Musings on living in Brazil

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sometimes, a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing.

Working here at the paper, you get to know a lot about the doings in the town of Brazil and surrounding areas.

Before working here, I thought Brazil was a sleepy little town. Boy, was I wrong.

There is a lot going on in Brazil, unfortunately, not all of it is good.

I didn't know about the Methamphetamine drug problem. Now I've seen first hand how it can destroy families. I don't think I'll ever forget Judge Blaine Akers' face during YMCA summer camp when children under the age of 10 were asking him questions about going to jail for "cooking" drugs or knowing someone who did. It was hard listening to those children talk about family members being in jail for using, dealing or making this drug.

When I was 10, I was still playing with dolls.

On the flip side, joining the Brazil Rotary has given me plenty to write about, and be proud of.

Bringing a great new carnival to town was fun. Attending meetings every Wednesday is also. Rubbing elbows with the movers and shakers of town can give you a different perspective of Brazil, a positive one.

With guest speakers like Eric Hayes of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the founding members of a wonderful group (SOS) that does so much for those in need, the popcorn festival committee, and many other inspirational speakers, you can't lose hope for this town.

Still, I do get questions thrown my way that I can't answer. I can look for the facts and report my findings, but sometimes that isn't enough.

I don't know how to answer when someone asks me why we have a great big, fancy new jail for those who break the laws, and yet our children are going to school in trailers.

I don't know how to stop people from driving the wrong way on Meridian St. or for running the stop sign at the intersection of Meridian and Hendrix on a regular basis.

How can we keep the skateboarders out of the city business' parking lots when kids want to skate and don't have a place to do so? In fact, how come every time someone starts something up for the children, someone has to ruin it for the rest of the kids and they lose out?

Brazil is a fascinating mixture of good and bad, selfish and giving, and I wish I had some answers.